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WEEK 5 – RAIL FENCE QUILT – QUILTING YOUR QUILT
RAIL FENCE QUILT
This week we will quilt our quilts, which will be a little different to last time if you want to follow the line of the zig zag, because we need to turn the corners! I would also like you to go on and finish your quilts by squaring them off and binding them, using the instructions from Your First Quilt Week 5. You may need to make a little extra binding depending on how big your quilt is.
Here’s what I want you to do: Watch my YouTube videos and read the notes, finish our Rail Fence Quilts.
VIDEOS TO WATCH
Week 5 – Rail Fence Quilt – Quilting Your Quilt
SQUARING OFF & BINDING INFO
Videos to watch Squaring off your quilt
Videos to watch How to make binding for a quilt
Videos to watch How to bind your quilt
Pins, scissors, sewing machine, ¼” foot, standard foot, pencil or washable marker, ruler, rotary cutter, self healing mat, quilting basting pins, painters/masking tape
Basted quilt, thread
As always, it’s entirely up to you how you would like to quilt your quilt. You may want to follow the lines of the zig zag, the pinwheel pattern or you may have something else in mind. But whatever you choose to do you will probably find you need to turn some corners this week, which sounds more tricky than it is.
It’s always tempting to rush with quilting, sometimes it’s seems like a never-ending job, but taking your time is really key to a great end result. Taking your time gives your walking foot a chance to do its job, and you time to focus on accurate straight lines.
Thread color is a personal choice and usually dictated by the colors on your quilt. I suggest laying out a few different thread color options on top of your quilt to see which one you think works best with your different fabric choices.
PREPARING TO QUILT
ATTACH YOUR WALKING FOOT
All sewing machines are a little different so you may have to refer to your manual
With a screwdriver unscrew the screw securing your foot clamp and remove it
Slot the u-bar fork of your walking foot onto the needle screw
Finger tighten the screw and then use a screwdriver to tighten it up
TEST YOUR STITCHES
Test your stitches on a small sample basted quilt (fabric, batting, backing)
You want your stitches to be even and uniform on both the front and the back
Check for and correct your tension if you have skipped stitches, loops or anything else going wrong
Decide on what stitch length you would like to use, anything between 2.0 – 3.0 is recommended
Decide on what quilting pattern you would like to use
QUILTING YOUR QUILT
With your preferred quilting pattern in mind, start in the middle and work your way out
Turning your quilt after each line, or after each column, so it doesn’t drag your fabric in one direction
Add or remove quilting basting pins as required to secure your quilt
Take your time and don’t rush, this gives your walking foot a chance to do its job, and you time to concentrate on accurate straight stitches
SQUARE OFF AND BIND YOUR QUILT
Please refer to Your First Quilt Week 5 notes on how to square off and bind your quilt
You may need to make your binding a little longer depending on the size of your quilt, so just follow the same instructions with the measurements of your quilt
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