Were here, almost at the end; quilting the top/batting/back is the culmination of all the work to date. I feel very strongly that how you will quilt the quilt needs to be part of the planning process from the beginning...whether simple, functional, ornate, or over the top...whatever you choose, remember the composition of the entire piece needs to flow together. Consider the fabric, the blocks, the style, and the use of the quilt. Quilting is very personal, some quilters send everything out to be professionally quilted, others do their quilting by hand, some feel that they must quilt their quilt themselves; otherwise it's cheating. Want to know what I think? I think whatever works best for you, is what is right. It's your quilt, you decide its destiny! I'm all for using the skills of a professional quilter, but if you're nervous, and have never quilted a quilt by machine before, I would like to encourage you to trying quilting this small piece using a walking foot...if you don't have other plans.
- Prepare the quilt back if necessary (pieced backs)
- The quilt batting & back should be 3 to 4" larger than the top
- Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing together.
- I use Hobbs Fusible Batting all the time, it is simple to use, and PERFECT for this type and size of project.
- If using fusible batting, pinning is not necessary, otherwise pin layers together
- Familiarize yourself with your selected batting - depending on the type of batting (cotton, poly, bamboo, etc) the distance between quilting lines can vary greatly.
- Prepare you sewing machine for quilting, with either a walking foot or free motion foot
- Get quilting!
I choose to use the edge of the walking foot as a measurement guide. I began stitching along the column, and continued the length of the column, and created four lines of stitching on each side of the column. As well as four lines of stitching on the left and right edges of the quilt.
Let's talk about thread...
For this quilt I used Gutermann thread, 50 weight in a matching color. I'm a huge fan of Gutermann thread, they have an extensive range of colors, and the quality is excellent. Another thread that I frequently use for quilting is YLI's Silk Thread, 100 weight. This silk thread is thin, strong, and wonderful to work with. I also like to use this thread for hand sewing down the binding since it sinks into the fabric so well. I selected Gutermann for this quilt, because I had it in a matching color.
TIP...If you have difficulty stitching straight, use painters tape to create a straight line guide, then stitch next to the tape. When finished, simply pull it off the quilt, and reuse it on the next area of stitching.