February 23, 2010

Easy Free Motion Quilting

I'm working on another fun baby quilt and decided this time to try a new free motion quilting technique. I do a lot of meandering stitches on my quilts but sometimes that can be a little hard on my arms and wrists. So this time, I decided to try flowers and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. As you can see in the above photo, I basted the quilt as I normally would. If you are new to basting, make sure you use the small safety pins because they don't slide around.

I purchased some wonderful thread at the last quilt show I attended and I think I'm going to have to invest in a large supply of it. It's YLI soft touch 100% long staple cotton 60/2 ply. There are 1000 yards on this small spool! It's such a high quality thread, it feels wonderful and is very strong. It is usually used for piecing and applique but I love using it for machine quilting.

Below is a photo of the flower design I am using for this quilt. I am quilting each square on its own and then cutting the thread and moving to the next square. Using a darning foot on my Viking Emerald 118, the flower is a very simple design to make. It looks so cute on this baby quilt, I will surely use this a lot more in future quilts. Simply start in the center of your square and make loops for the flower petals. Each flower turns out a little bit different which adds to the charm. :) Click on the photo to get a closer look at the design.


Loris said...

Very sweet! Lovely work!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have an Emerald 118 as well and can't seem to find a free motion foot for it. What do use use?