I wrote a while ago about how to baste a quilt and I used this little baby quilt made from charm squares to explain. The next step is quilting your quilt.
Quilting doesn’t have to difficult and scary. This quilt was pretty quick! You will make your life easier though if you use a walking foot. A walking foot helps to guide all the layers of fabric through the machine at the same speed so you get less puckering. My Pfaff machine has a built-in walking foot which I love.
I love quilting in straight lines – or almost straight lines. For this quilt, I started at one corner and stitched diagonally across the charm squares. I didn’t mark the lines so they are not perfect but I’ve learnt over the years that I am my harshest critic and others don’t even notice the slight waves. These are what gives a quilt that one of a kind handmade touch too.
As I came to the edge each time, I pivoted with my needle in the fabric and sewed along the edge of the quilt to the next corner, then pivoted to start the next long diagonal line. I don’t use knots when I quilt. Instead I treat my ends as if I’m starting quilting in the middle – read more at The Crafty Mummy.
Other easy quilting options:
- “in the ditch” – following the joins in the patchwork charm squares
- straight lines back and forth, like this table runner
- diagonal lines going one way only rather than a grid like mine
- square spiral, like on these coasters
Tonya is the voice behind TheCraftyMummy.com. She dabbles in lots of different crafts – patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet and sewing. She also writes about blogging and social media.
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