Saturday, August 11, 2012

Chevron Quilt Progress: Week 7

This week I did the actual quilting of my quilt! This was my very first time to machine stitch a quilt (I've only hand-tied a quilt before). I was really surprised how easy and smooth everything went.
I started by putting on a brand new needle and my walking foot (I bought this walking foot and it works great). The walking foot looks totally intimidating and it takes a couple of minutes to figure out how to attach the foot to the sewing machine. But it's definitely worth the investment, because the walking foot pulls the quilt through smoothly without the fabric shifting.
Next, I used safety pins to pin the quilt layers together (Quilt top + batting + bottom fabric)
Then I had to decide where to stitch. I was debating between stitching right in the middle of the white chevrons, "in the ditch" (on the seams), or 1/4" from the patterned chevrons. I decided to go with the last one.
I read that it's important to start sewing the quilt in the middle, then work your ways out. So I rolled up one side of the quilt (to get it to fit in the arm of the sewing machine) and sewed a row, then I unrolled a little bit and sewed another row, repeating until I reached the bottom.

Sewing was actually really simple. The trickiest part was having to pivot over every chevron. To pivot, just leave your needle down, lift up the presser foot, and turn the quilt.
When I finished sewing, I trimmed the excess back fabric and the batting so everything was the same size.
And now the only thing left to do is the binding! So exciting!
I am going out of town next week, so there won't be any update next week. But the following Saturday, I will hopefully be sharing a finished quilt!

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