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Machine Quilting

January 18, 2010

This week we are  machine quilting. (Yippie!)

For this quilt, are going to sew a simple straight stitch along both sides of the seam line. Now, a walking foot is traditionally used to sew a straight stitch because it ensures that all 3 layers are moved through your machine at the same time. But you don’t have one, that’s okay. Quilting is more of an art than learned skill and not every quilter uses this specialized foot. If you choose not to use a walking foot, you’ll need to sew more slowly and be cognizant of any and all bumps as this is probably the result of all fabrics not being feed through the machine at the same time.

Well, I think its about time for us to start quilting. I’ve created several videos below to walk you through the process. Before we begin, lets prep for quilting.

Check your bobbin. Is it full? Will it run out soon? Even if its not, we should keep some extra traded bobbins around. So go ahead and tread some extra bobbins, at least 2 extra just waiting to be swapped out.

Let’s prep the quilt now. With all of the basting complete, you’ll want to roll the sides of the quilt to the center, leaving about 5 to 8 inches in the center. It doesn’t matter which sides you roll up first because we are going to sew in both directions.

With your rolled quilt, transfer it to your machine. Position your walking foot (or quarter inch foot) about 1/2 inch of the quilt top. Now align the side of your walking foot the seam line. This can be either the left or the right side. It doesn’t matter which side you sew first, because we are going to sew on both sides. Slowly begin to sew about a 1/2 inch off of the quilt top. Use the side of your foot as a guide to ensure a straight line. You’ll also use your hands to smooth out any bumps as you sew. When you get to the end of the row, sew 1/2 inch off of the quilt top and cut the treads. Begin again at the top of the next rows. When all of the rows are sewn on this side, rotate the quilt and sew in the same manner as before.

WOW! That was a mouth full. Here are some videos that should help.

Machine Quilting Pt 1of 2

Machine Quilting Pt 2of 2

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brandy permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:48 pm

    Are we going both ways? Top to bottom and left to right??

    Your instructions have been excellent. This newbie quilter (This is my first actual quilt!) sends you many, many thanks!

    • January 19, 2010 1:03 am

      Hi Brandy:
      You’re correct — we are sewing top to bottom first and then from the center of the quilt to the right. After you finish the right side, you can rotate the quilt 180 degrees to complete the left side. Let know if these directions aren’t clear and I’ll add more photos to the post. Thanks for joining us!

  2. Brandy permalink
    January 20, 2010 2:17 am

    Perfectly clear. Busy week so far, haven’t started yet. :O) How do I share pictures?

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