I had a few questions about how I quilted my Indie star the other day, so I thought I’d do a walkthrough of how I did it.
- Sewing machine with straight stitch, stitch length 3, Aurifil 50wt thread top and bottom
- Walking foot with guide
That funny metal thing next to my walking foot is its guide, and it the long stem on it slots through a hole that runs through the back of the foot:
It’s adjustable in as far as I can extend it before it falls out, but on the only previous occasion I’d used it, I found that hauling the quilt around underneath it when moving from one section to the next could cause it to shift around, so I broke out my secret weapon this time:
When I got it to the place I wanted, I wrapped tape round the stem on either side of the foot to prevent anything shifting, and it worked a treat!
The Actual Quilting:
For the quilting I started in the centre and stitched in the ditch out to the edge of the quilt to the top and bottom and to the left and right:
Next I went on the diagonal, stitching in the ditch between the enormous HSTs in the centre, and then having drawn a line with a Frixion pen out to the corner before I started, carried on sewing along this line.
Now that the quilt was divided up into 8 sections, for my first set of lines I went for 1/2″ from the previous lines, knowing that from my needle to the edge of my walking foot was 1/2″, so I didn’t need the guide for that. For each section of the quilt I did from this point I went round each section in turn sewing the same line, so first all the ones where my needle would be to the left, and secondly all the ones where my needle would be to the right. For all of the sections I also always worked from the centre out.
My next line was 1″ away from that, and now I needed the guide:
Basically you run the guide along your previous lines of stitching as you go to allow for a consistent distance between the lines without having to draw anything on the quilt.
The distance from the centre went as follows – 1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 1 1/2″, 1″, 1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″
Now I’m not sure if all walking feet have such useful guides, but if you have a Brother, you can definitely get one!