Detail from the megahoop design in my "Quilting Whimsy" collection
If you own a home sewing machine that has the capability to do hoop embroidery you also have the capability to do hoop quilting! There are digitized quilting designs available from various quilt artists, and I've seen many quilts using these designs now, beautifully quilted.
All three layers are positioned in the hoop for the quilting, although I do know one quilter who quilted the designs through the top and a thin batt first, then layered the backing and did simple outlines around the design and any background quilting through ALL the layers. It was easier to do the digitized quilting in the hoop in her home machine with a thin batt and only the top.
It's easier to do small projects, and larger quilts are better suited if the machine is mounted on a frame system. Smaller quilts are very do-able in your normal set-up, and can give you beautiful ornate quilting that might be hard for you to do with regular free motion quilting. The stitches are even, the traveling is undetectable, designs can be sized, rotated, combined to create your own look. Backgrounds, like the grid below, are done free motion or with a walking foot by you.
Designs from "Quilting Fancy" combined to create this medallion
When I've seen quilts done with my designs that have been digitized I always have to catch my breath, they are lovely. These designs really can add to your quilt's beauty, even if you use only one as a focal point.
I have two collections of designs available at www.embroideryonline.com under the licensed artists' collections. "Quilting Whimsy" is on sale now, and they have brought back my original collection "Quilting Fancy."
Combined designs from "Quilting Fancy"
These designs were meant for quilting, but look amazing done as "redwork" line design embroidery as well in colored, heavier thread.
Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving, and can sneak in some time for yourself and your quilting....or play with digitized quilting..... during this busy time of year.
Keep quilting! Your work gets better every day,