Week 5  - the Quilting Begins!!!!

Week 5 – the Quilting Begins!!!!

I first want to start with a review of Week 4 and quilt markup. I saved you from a 7 min video I did not post.  I am not an expert when it comes to video so when it came time to decide between one hour video editing and one hour quilting you know which one won.

Here are the salient points of the video. 

Choose your marking tools wisely. My favourite tool is the  frixon pen even though it has issues of reappearing in the cold. The frixon pen has a fine tip and irons out when you are finished or change your mind. Chime in on what you like best as a marking tool. 

If you are following my process, mark up Blocks “A1,B1, D” to create the impression of trees. The quilt is nicely divided into 12″ blocks and easy to draw into rectangles that create the impression of tree tops at the same time matching the flying geese blocks.

I used my 6″ x 24″ ruler, lined up the the flying geese the 2nd row of Block F, drew a line along the top and bottom of the ruler. I drew a third line in the middle of the first two and then marked  3″ increments to form reference points for creating the peaks and valleys of the trees. In the image below you can see how I referenced these lines to establish the quilting lines. Click on the image below to see a closeup of the marking.

OK Week 5 Hurrah! Let’s get quilting.

I want to start off by referencing Jacqui Gering, the expert on quilting with a walking foot. I learned most of what I know about quilting with a walking foot from Jacqui. I am not going to be teaching how to quilt with a walking foot in this quilt along. I’ll be walking you through( hmm) how I quilted the “Canada 150” with a walking foot.  I started my journey with Jacqui and I highly recommend that you consider taking her craftsy class to learn how to quilt with a walking foot. Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot from: Craftsy 

Her latest book WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot is another great resource for learning best practices for quilting with a walking foot. Even though I took Jacqui’s classes this book gave me more challenges and more tricks to make my quilting better. She writes for both beginner and  experienced quilters. It is a “how to book” with added explanations for new and intricate patterns that Jacqui has added to her collection.

Moving on  – these are my thoughts on quilting my Canada 150 quilt. It really is a good place to learn how to quilt traditional blocks and large negative spaces (don’t worry they are not scary).

Supplies: oh, right the walking foot! Jacqui does a thorough description of  different types of walking feet in her class and in her book. Basically they come in two different sizes; some with 1/4″ and 1/2″ markings from the needle and some with just a line indicating the needle position. Do a few practice rows of straight line quilting running your foot along side of the previous row to determine if you have a foot that creates a 3/8″ or 1/2″ space between the rows.  Normally it would not make a difference but in my design the tree trunks and tree tops are exact measurements between the elements and when you quilt straight lines you would like them to fit accurately.

The foot on the left has all the markings but only a single hole. I have broken a few needles when I forget you can’t change needle position. Ouch.

Note to self: what you would like and what actually happens can be vastly different.  No matter how slow or how diligent I am in sewing straight lines exact 1/2″ spacing eludes me. That’s when I say” they are trees and trees are not straight”. If you look closely at the spacing in the branches in the photo above you can see that the spacing between my rows was not accurate. I had to fill in the last row of the tree tops where ever I could. This is all OK! The beauty of modern quilts is their imperfection. With your nose to the quilt every little wobble or imperfection grates on you. Use the drive by rule* and you will never notice.

* if you drive by at 20 mph or are 20 feet away from the quilt and the lines look straight, then it’s a Go.

I get a lot of compliments for my straight lines and all I seem to do is obsess over their not so straight characteristics.

You may hear the advice about using a guide with your walking foot. Please tell me, if you can get it to work. I gave up on using the guide that came with my walking foot as I never could tell where I was stitching.  Remember my love for the frixon pen!

As much as possible I like to start quilting from the centre out to reduce slippage. I find it helps me prevent bunching when quilting over already quilted lines. Jacqui advises in her book to take a test drive and decrease the pressure on your pressure foot to help solve the bunching issue. In all things quilting use what best works for you.

In the photo below you can see where I started quilting a section for the mountains then worked out from the top of that section to the outer edge. 

Use the marking you drew to set the first curve of the mountain section,  another for the bottom of that section using slightly curved lines then fill in between with meandering curve lines. 

I have just started in that section to show you how I quilted the trees and the tops of the trees. My next step will be echoing the maple leaves on the top half of the quilt. My experience has meant moving out from the centre to quilt the different sections works best.

Let me know what stage you are at and please share your progress in the Facebook group.






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