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Friday, February 17, 2012

Modern Triangles QAL {Machine Quilting & Binding}

For this quilt I decided to do some Straight Line Quilting. 

A few thoughts before we begin…

  • Thread – Use 100% cotton thread.  I like to use Gutermann 100% cotton thread.  For the beginner it will give you the least amount of tension problems.  For the more experienced quilter, the possibilities are endless, but if you decide to use a decorative or specialty thread be sure to experiment on a small quilt sandwich to make sure your tension is right and that your machine likes the thread. 
  • Needles – Start each quilt with a new needle.  I like to use a Schmetz Quilting Needles.  It is designed for machine piecing and machine quilting.  For 50 wt thread such as Gutermann use a 75/11 needle.  For specially threads or heavier projects use a needle designed for that thread or project.
  • Walking Foot – A must for straight line quilting.  This foot will help feed your quilt properly and prevent puckering and tucks.

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To begin, lower your presser foot to where you would like to begin.  (If possible, I like to start a few stitches off my quilt top.)  Lower your needle one stitch to pick up the bobbin thread and pull to the top.  Holding the both threads start sewing.  Using the side of my walking foot and the ditch, as my guide, I quilted a total of 4 straight lines on each diagonal row of solid fabrics, as shown in the picture above, ending each line a few stitches off my quilt top.  When you are finished square up your quilt.   

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  Now we are ready to bind our quilt. 

Cut 4 – 2 1/2” strips (2 1/2” by 44” or WOF) for your binding, sew together into one long strip.  Then fold in half the long way and press.  At one end fold your raw edge in and press.  This will be the beginning of your binding.  Lay the beginning of your binding down first and leave about 2 or 3 inches before you start stitching.  Sew all the way down to the first corner, cut the thread, and remove.

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Fold your binding straight up with a diagonal crease, and then.... 

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...straight down. Start stitching again. Do that for all 4 corners and sew till you are almost to where you started. 

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  Insert your raw edge (end of your binding) into the fold of the beginning (start of your binding and finished edge), pin, and finish sewing. 

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  To finish your binding turn over to the backside of the quilt and use a Jacob’s Ladder or Step Stitch and hand sew your binding on.  If you take a look at the picture above you can see I loosened the treads so you can see what that stitch looks like.  It is a very simple stitch and comes together quickly.  In the picture below I have pulled the stitch tight and as you can see that it virtually disappears into the binding.

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Join us next week for the big reveal!  Link up your completed quilts and enter to win this bundle of Happy Mochi Yum Yum.  If you have made this quilt but do not have a blog post to link up, feel free to link up a Flickr photo instead.  You will still be entered to win.

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