Monday, September 27, 2010

Quilt Along post 4 - finishing up

Hopefully by now you should be on the home stretch with your top assembled, or almost assembled.

Judging by the photos in the flickr pool a lot of you have steamed ahead and are now at this point - basting and quilting.

As you can see by the mosaic above, there are some amazing quilts - each one totally unique. You've done such great work!

But let's not give up now - let's get these babies finished!

I quilted my quilt in super fast time. It took me just over an hour or so. Which is pretty good going, I think (I am not a fast quilter).

I love how the wavy lines look like they're free motioned...but here's the trick. It's just a lengthened stitch on my machine. Sneaky!

When washed the quilting wrinkles up beautifully and gives that snuggly look that we all love so much.

If you'd like to give it a go, here's the low down on how to do it.

You will need your walking foot and the big zig zag stitch on your machine. I've circled it in the picture below - on my machine (bernina activa) it's number 4.

You also need to increase your stitch length to 3.5 (again, see how I've circled it below?)

And that's it. Just use your walking foot as a guide and stitch in lines that will automatically wiggle. I used the walking foot to guide me, didn't mark the quilt top at all. I just followed the lines of the seams and then used the quilted lines to follow for filling in between those lines. I did approximately 7 lines of quilting per block width.

Do you need any tips on basting or binding? Or quilting in any other way? There are links galore over in our tutorials page. But if you need any extra help just start a thread in the FQ flickr group and we can help each other out.
And don't forget to keep uploading your pics to the pool - we want to see those beautiful quilts!!!

Fiona had a great idea to use up her left over scraps from the quilt along. She made a mug rug for her sister who's having a tough time at work.
Doesn't it look fantastic?



  1. I love all the quilts in the group!! I may adapt that design for my block in the Tag Square Bee I've joined if you don't mind. Great quilting tip - I have that same machine and have only ever quilted straight lines so this is very useful and may be the next step for me.
    Teresa x

  2. These look great! I've tracked back in the blog for instructions and think I'm going to have a go myself too. Just need to order a free motion foot for my machine.

  3. I need to get some Kona solids that I want to use for the centers along with the Jelly Roll you sent me. Then, I'll be off and running! I'll keep you posted!

  4. I love the way that quilt looks! Sadly, I'm a week behind--just finished sewing my blocks!

  5. I can't wait to try this quilting method! I don't do free motion, so I'm all about anything I CAN do that isn't a straight line.

    Thanks for featuring my quilt up there. They're all wonderful, and the quilt-along was a blast!

  6. My top is exciting! I tweaked the color arrangements a little and am thrilled with the results. Did I miss the backing/binding instructions/measurements, etc.? This is my first quilt-along. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Imagine my excitement to see my Bayou Dreams in the photo mosaic! This was a great quilt-along and it will be a pattern we use often in our quilt ministry! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  8. Thanks for including my quilt in the mosaic. I'm a bit behind but I've really enjoyed participating.

  9. So cool to see my quilt top in your mosaic! :) I'm so glad to have finally finished my quilt top.... now on to the next steps!

  10. Ok it's kind of hard to see, but it this stitch a 3 stitch zig zag? I will have to say, i'm surprised. I'll try this when i get home. I wasn't aware that my machine could do a stitch that big but then again i'm not sure i have this same stitch on my machine.

  11. Each quilt is so unique and equally beautiful.

  12. I saw the quilt along a bit after it started and I immediately thought of my American Jane fabrics. I just love how they look in your quilt. I am going to have to add this to my project list. Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

  13. Yay! Thanks for including my quilt in the mosaic, and your lovely comment about the scrap mug rug. This has been my first quilt and I have LOVED it! Thankyou

  14. I've only just found out about the quilt along, and don't know when it'll fit into my project list...but I like how they all have turned out. I love the sticker/decal you have on your sewing machine....hoot hoot! Where did you get it? I love owls! Hugs Naomi