Picking up where I left off last time, here are the next phases of my first quilt! Again, to get more information about the source of this pattern and tips about starting your first quilting project, see my previous post: Adventures in Quilting.
Last I wrote, I had laid out my plan for my freshly cut squares. Below are the pictures of working on sewing and ironing my front and border to my quilt (in my craft room pre-makeover!).
Look at it grow!! All the inner-rows all pieced and sewn together!
Now the border has been added. I just LOVE that deep, bright orange around the lighter yellows, creams and sherberts!
The next step was to "sandwich" the front patchwork fabric and solid backing fabric around the cotton batting. I used curved, quilter's pins that I bought from Jo-Ann's. As pointed out in the video I listed in my previous post, you can also use basting spray adhesive to baste the quilt.
Warm & Natural Crib-Sized Batting (again from Jo-Ann Fabrics) on top of it.
Then I laid the front of the soon-to-be quilt on top of the batting to complete the "quilt sandwich."
Once I reached the edge of the front's fabric I stopped pinning, since I would not be sewing over the edges of the batting.
Now, it is all set to go and start preparing for the actual quilting in the sewing machine!! This was probably the most exciting part of the process (next to the cutting... and the arranging... and the sewing, ironing, sandwiching, and basting! lol ok so EVERY part was my favorite part).
Again, you can refer to my previous post to see the resource I used to learn this trick.
Once the tape is centered and in place, just roll the sides in so that the quilt will fit through the machine.
So, the first row I completed just using my regular foot... MISTAKE! I FINALLY understand why a walking foot is SUPER important for quilting. It guarantees even, consistent stitches by gripping the bottom AND the TOP of the fabric as it feeds through the machine. Since my machine was a special "Millenium Edition" from White and is no longer in production, I ordered a generic, low-shank walking foot from Amazon. It has really saved my butt in this project! If you need a walking foot, and your machine is older or doesn't have a walking foot specific to your model here is a great link that will show you how to determine the shank/shaft size of your machine so you can order a generic one.
Then, sew on either side of the tape!
|Front after quilting|
|Back after quilting (again, the "uneveness" of stitches due to lack of a walking foot is pretty obvious here)|
Exciting, right? Again, I STRONGLY recommend investing in a walking foot! If you have one or have bought one and are not sure how to properly install/use it then use this video: Installation and Use of a Walking Foot by SewingPartsOnline.
I have a decent amount of quilting done thus far, but I want to make a little more progress before posting any more updates! Wish me luck!! :D