Well here we are at the next stage – the quilting! Don’t be worried though because it really is just straight sewing…..
1. Attach the foot: Now as I have said before, if you have a walking foot that is great but if you don’t, you can still manage – many of us had made many quilts before we had heard of walking feet. It is one of those ‘tools’ that make life easier but we can live without!
If you have a walking foot, make sure you attach it by placing the arm ‘thingy’ on top of your needle clamp screw.
2. Select your thread: I decided to use a variegated thread in colours of green/yellow/blue.
This is a Selco thread that I have never used before (it just had the right colours!!) I quickly realised that to use this thread effectively, you need to cover it with a ‘sleeve’ or it will just run from the spool. With that sorted I had no further trouble. You can use any good quality thread.
3. Set the Stitch Length: I have mine set at 3 for quilting – that is the only thing I need to change.
4. Decide on where/how you want to quilt: As I said in the last tutorial, I am doing straight sewing and I will start by sewing across the diagonals. I will start from a corner and sew on through to the opposite corner. I will repeat that the other way and end up with a big cross.
NOTE: Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfectly straight or if you have some little puckers on the back – it won’t be noticed by anyone else but you – others will only see the ‘big picture’ and they will love it!!
I will now move across the quilt, sewing through the diagonals that pass through the other double /4 patch green squares.
I didn’t think I had enough quilting so decided to sew down and across the quilt, along the seam (stitch in the ditch) passing through the centre of each of the diamonds.
I will show you the back:
I am happy with that now!
Congratulations!! Give yourself a pat on the back and have a break – we only have the binding to go!
Until next time