Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along - Quilting

It's quilting time!

Your top is pieced, borders added and now it's time to quilt it. If you have chosen to have your top quilted by a longarm quilter, the backing requirements on your pattern should give you enough to have the required extra 4" around the top.

I have started doing more quilting on my domestic machine. I currently prep my top for quilting on the floor, but due to an issue with my back I have not been able to quilt my top. For a detailed look at how I prep my backing and top for quilting read BROKEN PANES QUILT ALONG QUILTING PREP. I apologize for the switch in quilts, but the prep is the same for each quilt I do.  You can find more tips for quilting by reading BROKEN PANES QUILT ALONG QUILTING.

I usually wait until my quilting prep is done before I start planning my quilting, although every now and then the quilting plan comes to me as I am piecing. I won't be able to choose the foot I'm going to use until I have my quilting plan in place. I have a walking foot and a free motion that I use, but before these I used my regular presser foot and it worked just fine, just make sure you put the teeth down if you can to help move the fabric evenly.

When choosing thread I focus on the color I want, not whether it's cotton or polyester. I use Gutermann thread for the simple reason that it's what my LQS carries, which means it's easier and faster to match the thread I need.  I've also used Superior Thread and Aurifil and I have truly used polyester and cotton threads for quilting, sometimes even mixing them.

It's time to decide how we are going to quilt. When I am struggling to decide how I am going to quilt a top I hit Pinterest. I've started a board for quilting ideas for pinwheels that you can find on my PINTEREST PAGE.

For my Spinning Bow Ties quilt I'm just going to do a simple "stipple" in a blue thread. You can find a free sample at Craft Gossip.  This will give me a fairly quilt finish, but also keep the the pattern of the quilt top at the forefront.

If you have any questions about quilting this top, or any other top you are working on, please feel free to ask them in the Quilt and Learn with Pattern By Jen Facebook group.

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Happy Stitching!

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1 comment:

  1. I took mine to my long arm friend. I am just beginning to think about FMQ— didn’t want this project to be my guinea pig


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