Quilting the Finished Project
Most beginners like to tie their
quilts. Tying a quilt is simply a matter of using a needle
threaded with a suitable weight of crochet type thread, and making
square knots on the quilt. You usually trim them at
approximately 1/2 inch.
Hand and Machine Quilting are other options, as well as sending your quilt out
to be professional quilted on a Longarm Sewing Machine. Sending your quilt
out is expensive, but if you've spent a year making a spectacular quilt, it may
be worth it to you.
If you are going to tie or machine quilt
yourself, the first thing you need to do is to secure the layers.
The goal with machine quilting is to avoid puckers.
To start, you lay the backing fabric, right
side down, on the floor. You must have either a low loop
carpet or hard surface. You can also use a couple tables
pushed together- perhaps at your Church.
You need to tape the fabric securely down along
the sides, making sure it won't move, and there are no wrinkles.
You want to have about 4-inches more backing
than your quilt top on each side.
Then you place your batting on top of the
backing fabric, again with extra on the sides.
Finally, place your pieced quilt top on the
top, right sides up.
you need to secure the layers together. Most quilters use quilting pins,
which look like safety pins. Pin where you do not plan to tie or do any
are a couple easy ways to plan your quilting design. You can
"stitch in the ditch", or in the seam allowances, or if you have
sewn squares, you can sew through them diagonally, as in the
If you are tying
a simple quilt like this, you would probably want to do it in the corners.
When you bring your needle down and up through the fabric, you would keep it on
the light fabric, (assuming the seams were pressed to the dark) to make it
easier on your hands.
Personally, I don't hand quilt. I don't
have the time or patience. I so, however, have friends who
find that the most relaxing and enjoyable part of quilting.
One final note: Machine quilting is all
about avoiding puckers. Make sure you have enough pins in your
quilt sandwich that when you place you fist on the quilt, there are
pins all around it.
NEED a walking foot for your sewing machine. I spent several years with my
sewing machine very unhappy with my quilting. No matter how hard I tried,
my fabric would pucker and make folds on the top as I to sewed across the quilt.
Then I got my Janome machine. I know
realize my walking foot on my other machine either doesn't work
well, or is broken. My Janome 1600P was designed for a
quilting frame. It can sew through the thickest batting, at
high speeds, just "floating" over the fabric and without a pucker in
If you are going
to machine quilt, you need as much space possible between the needle and the
inside right side of your machine. It can be very frustrating trying to
move layers of fabric under the needle.
You will need to keep your
quilt supported by tables set up around the machine, so that fabric
won't pull and mess up your stitching.
This is not the favorite part
of quilting for most people. However, if you have a good
machine, and you keep your design simple, it goes quickly.