Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quilt Sandwich Process

My Single Girl quilt top, laid out on my table, clamped, waiting to be...


...ironed...


...then pinned, ready to quilt...


Clamping the layers taut onto the table, then ironing the quilt sandwich from the middle to the outer edges helps make it so flat and smooth. No puckers on the back...


Of course if the quilt top had quilt marking lines on it, the iron would make them unwashoutable, which would not be good!!


My sewing machines' walking foot has never been able to sew straight quilting lines without puckering up the fabric, no matter what I do. So I use masking tape to give me guidelines...



 ...and do freemotion quilt lines with my darning foot.


A little wobbly, but very addictive!!

40 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! I don't know where I've been, but I haven't seen your Single Girl before!!! She is gorgeous and that quilting looks perfect!

Linda said...

What a beautiful quilt!
A thought about your walking foot: I had the same issue with mine (puckering). When I took it to the dealer it turns out I simply had a faulty walking foot. A new foot solved the problem. Maybe this helps?

Petit Design Co. said...

love it!

Dee said...

Cathy, this is so beautiful! I love all the colors and the quilting process very helpful.

Can't wait to see this one finished!

Cathy said...

Ahh Linda, that is brilliant, I never thought that the foot might be faulty!! i'm off to my sewing shop tomorrow, thanks for that tip!

Barb said...

Enjoy your fun day with your wallking foot and quilt!

kmcl said...

Looking great Cathy!! Kim McL

Carla said...

Your SG is one of the prettiest that I've seen...love the dot combo for background and border. It is all stunning....as usual!

Janet said...

It's gorgeous Cathy! I was waiting to see how you were going to quilt it and the straight lines are a lovely contrast to the circles and the spot fabric. How can I source the clamps, are they for longarmers?

Bluquilt said...

Wow! Your quilt looks gorgeous! Loving the backing fabric.

Maree: said...

Great Quilting Choice..Love all the Dots.
can't wait to see a full view...
cheers

Oops-Lah said...

What a good idea to use the free motion foot to do the straight quilting lines. And it doesn't look wobbly at all. I'm also interested where you got the clamps. The handyman shop perhaps?

Mary said...

What a wonderful little quilt. It's beautiful!

Nedra said...

I absolutely love this quilt, and appreciate your showing us how you quilt it. I usually send my quilts out, but have been trying to quilt a few myself lately. I need all the tips I can get!

sleepycathollow said...

Thank you for the tip on the darning foot!

LOVE THE BACKING MATERIAL!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

there is an attachment that has come with sewing machines since the 1800's, a thin L shaped piece, made for keeping spacing even and perfectly straight once that first line is made. Would save you a lot of time over all that taping.
Sharyn

Beth Gracie said...

what is that backing fabric??? this quilt is gorgeous!

YankeeQuilter said...

Such a happy quilt! Love the polka dots...

Good luck with the walkingfoot. I use mine all the time and it saves lots of tape!

Karin said...

I can't believe you freemotion straight lines! that is TALENT!

pat sloan said...

I Have single girl envy!! and what a great use for the paris fabric... I love it!

Jean said...

Hopefully Linda's recommendations helped... but I do have another one! I sometimes you a wavey stitch on my machine... It looks like a continuous S snaking back and forth... but I make it really wide (which isn't really all that wide... maybe 1/2" at the most) and it covers up my mistakes and wobbles...
Your quilt has turned out soo cute. Are you going to use it for a wall hanging? I forget you said at one time what you were using it for.. but now I've forgotten.

Stephanie said...

Polka dots and FMF equal lots of happiness. Your free motion lines are amazing...so straight! It's gorgeous.

Karen said...

Love the quilt and the masking tape idea!! Brilliant! Can't wait to try it.

Ruth said...

It looks awesome! I really love the colours and the spots together!

I just basted my Anna Maria Horner quilt, but used basting spray for the first time. Eeek. I'm a bit nervous about it. Not sure how it will turn out until I quilt it!

Leila said...

Oh! I love the dots as a background!

LynCC said...

OK. This is my favorite Single Girl of all the ones I've seen this year. :)

Andi said...

Can't believe you get such lovely straight lines with your darning foot!!
I'm impressed.
But you DO need a new walking foot!!
Andi xx

Cardygirl said...

Looks great...love all those spotty dots!

Di said...

Wow - love the quilt. I've never tried using masking tape before as a guide for quilting, but I will try it next time. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Kate said...

I love everything about this quilt!

Jackie said...

It's a beautiful quilt! Love how you used polka dots in the reverse colors for the border.

Crispy said...

This is such a pretty and cheerful quilt. The use of masking tape is a good one, sure solves that straight line problem :0)

Crispy

Pat said...

I will have to try that idea. Thanks for the hints.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That's such an interesting method! It seems like it might be easier than trying to draw lines too, maybe. Thanks for sharing!

Anna said...

I love when the quilting is kinda of opposite of the piecing shapes...you rock!

Sarah said...

This is such a darling little quilt (table runner?) I love your quilting lines... they look great!

imquilternity said...

I love the quilting you're doing and am very impressed that you are able to do it with a darning foot - masking tape or no. It's looking lovely!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love yours. It is my favorite of anyone's.

Karen said...

Looks gorgeous. Love, love, love the red spots. My machine is the opposite. The walking foot sews trouble free. Drop the feed dogs and it chucks a wobbly.

Megan O said...

hi! i have to ask and i REALLY hope you see this! i was looking at your free motion foot, you wouldn't happen to have a brother pc 420 or something similar do you? i have one and i LOVE that machine but lately i've been having some tension issues with free motion quilting and wanted to ask how you had yours set?