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Choosing a Quilting Method

August 22nd, 2011 by editor

It's time to choose a method for quilting. Here is where some options come in. Choices include:

Machine Quilting Yourself: This is the method I chose and will be showing. To do this yourself, you will need a Walking Foot (photo below). Your machine may have come with a walking foot or you can buy one at your local sewing machine dealer. Find helpful hints on machine quilting here.

Tying Your Quilt: This is the fastest and most inexpensive method. It's really a cute way to keep the 3 layers together, too. Use yarn or embroidery floss for this method. Find helpful hints on tying a quilt here.

Hand Quilting: This is a more time-consuming method, but the results are beautiful. It will give the look of an old-fashioned quilt and can be a very relaxing way to finish off a quilt. With a needle, thread, and a series of running stitches, this look is gorgeous. Find helpful hints on hand-quilting here.
I'm machine quilting using a walking foot. This is good for straight lines, which is exactly what I'm going to do with this particular quilt. Here's what my walking foot looks like:

Hire Someone: You may be fortunate enough to have a longarm quilting machine. If you don't and would like a very intricate design across your quilt, then you may want to find a professional. This will be the more expensive option, but the results of having this done are stunning. The possibilities with this method are endless.

Step 1: Go for it! Whatever method you choose, don't worry-just jump right in and try it out! You may feel better in trying these on scrap fabric first. Then move on over to that new quilt of yours...this is fun!

Step 2: Plan out in your mind what lines you're going to stitch along. I'm going to use a "stitch in the ditch" method and sew right along my seams. Some people choose to sew 1/4" in from the seam. Either way is fine. The red lines below show you where I'm going to start. Work from the middle of your quilt, out.

Step 3: Lengthen your stitch length to a 3.0 or 3.5. Now stitch in that ditch!

Step 4:
Decide where you will stitch next. It's fun! The blue lines below show where I stitched next. I continued this method until I stitched along every straight line (including my border seams).

Step 5: You're done quilting! Look at the back and admire your work! Notice how I used the same color bobbin thread (brown) as my backing. While that is a tip that many use, feel free to use any color you'd like!