This post is part of a quilt tutorial series by Teri ‘s Jelly Roll Jam Quilt-Along. You can join in anytime, the links will be up permanently! Please see below for links to all posts.
- February 5: Announcement and fabric/supply requirements
- February 13: Completing the quilt-top
- February 22: Quilt sandwich assembly, pin basting, quilting and binding (revised date)
- February 27: My completed quilts and final wrap-up
Welcome to the third posting of my Jelly Roll Jam Quilt-Along! I have finished both of my quilts from my jelly roll, choosing straight-line quilting on the first…
and free-motion stippling on the second…
As in my previous post, I will provide you with my favorite videos and links that will cover pin basting, quilting, and binding. So let’s get started!!
Quilt Sandwich and Pin Basting
Pin basting is my least favorite part of making a quilt, but… has to be done before we can start on the fun stuff. Normally I baste my quilts on a folding table, but this quilt was small enough to fit on my kitchen island.
Here are some helpful links on building the quilt sandwich and pin basting:
All three of these are very good tutorials and my personal tip — tape your back down as covered in the last 2 links, and no more saggy backs.
I decided to do 1/2″ straight-line quilting on my first quilt, and I have to say… what was I thinking! It took a REALLY long time. I do love the final result though, so decided it was worth the extra time and effort. To save myself from going mad sewing one line after another all day, once I got into the flow, I turned on an audio book, poured a glass of wine, and ended up having a very enjoyable afternoon sewing!
I did not mark any of the lines on my quilt, instead I used the outside edge of my walking foot as a guide for stitching the next line. Sometimes my quilting lines would start getting a little off, and I would use one of the main seam lines to straighten it back up. The stitch length I used was 4.0. I started in the middle of the quilt, quilted all my lines to the right, flipped the quilt, started back in the middle, and quilted to the right again. This will keep the least amount of bulk in the throat of the machine as possible.
Here are some good links for straight-line quilting:
Free Motion Quilting – Stippling
Stippling is a very fast and easy to learn method for finishing your quilt. Most experts recommend to practice stippling with pen and paper first and then to practice on sample quilt sandwiches for at least an hour or so before starting on your quilt. It is also helpful to quarter off your quilt and stipple each quarter before moving on to the next quarter. This will keep you from having large sections of your quilt in the throat of the machine.
The best advice I received on free motion quilting was to learn that you are are either ON or OFF, which means when you are ready to start, press the foot all the way down and start moving your hands and when you need to stop to readjust your hands, take your foot immediately off the pedal. Building up speed and gradually slowing down does not work with stippling, you are either ON or OFF (Camille Roskelley). Once you get this rhythm going, you can knock this quilt out in about an hour and a half. I am still in the learning stages with free motion quilting, but I do love loose stippling on baby quilts, and once washed it has great texture for cuddling.
Some good stippling links:
Before attaching your binding you need to trim off your excess batting and backing fabric. Line your ruler up on your quilt and trim off the excess. I used the seam lines as a guide so I could square up the quilt in case the quilting had distorted it a little.
Next up, binding strips and attaching your binding. I have listed 3 tutorials, and they are all similar until the end. Missouri Star Quilt shows you how to hand bind your quilt, and the other 2 are for machine binding. To bind this size of quilt you will need 4 strips of 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric. Also note from Jennie’s video that she does not use a walking foot to attach her binding, so not a problem if you don’t have one.
I usually hand bind my quilts, but did try the Cluck Cluck Sew method on this quilt, and really like how it turned out. I increased my stitch lenth to 3.0 when I sewed the binding to the back of the quilt.
And that’s it, my Wonderland Wishes quilts, are done! I have thoroughly enjoyed making these two quilts (thank you Fat Quarter Shop for the free video and pattern) and love the bright and cheerful fabrics from the Sweetwater’s Wishes line. All these baby quilts need now are their own little Linus or Lucy to love them!
My final post of this Quilt-Along will be February 27th where I will do a final wrap-up and provide a few other useful links and info.
Teri of The Hummingbird Thread