Machine Quilting – Jigsaw Quilt

 

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

You’ll be amazed to hear that I have already quilted and finished the jigsaw puzzle quilt.  I’ve completed several quilts this week and I thought that you might like to see the results of my efforts.  In case you’re wondering how I finished so many, it’s because I’ve had a fairly stressy week and I’ve been sewing with a manic intensity to try and retain my sanity.  And yes – I can confirm that quilting is definitely therapeutic and has served me well this week.

Machine quilting jigsaw quilt

I made a basic cross hatch design by stitching in the ditch along all the seams.  As I sewed along the lines, I added a feature specific to the jigsaw quilt by forming a curve within those squares that form the sticking out sections of the jigsaw pieces.  I’m not sure how well they show up in the quilt, but at least I know that they are there!

I think I’ll put the video in here:

Retro road trip quilt

Retro road trip quilt

Quilts I’ve finished

I began the week finishing some quilts for Fabric Freedom.  They have asked me for both full sized and sample sized quilts to show off their fabrics.  These can then be given to the shops who stock their fabrics to encourage sales.  Naturally with these I don’t want to cover the fabric with quilting designs, so I can keep the quilting very simple.

This one is a full size quilt from a fabric range called Retro Road Trip and I’ve quilted a meander design on the white, but just stitched in the ditch around the chevrons and triangles.

Quirky florals quilt

Quirky florals quilt

Seaside quilt

Seaside quilt

The next two were sample size quilts.  On the left is the Quirky Florals quilt – a delightful floral range.  Here again I have meandered on the white but just stitched in the ditch around the floral fabrics.

On the right is the Seaside quilt – a lovely bright and summery range.    This one didn’t take much quilting.  None of these ranges has been released yet, so you’re getting a sneak preview here.

Quarterfoil quilt

Quarterfoil quilt

Finishing my own quilts

Next I found the quarterfoil quilt that had been quilted with a semi circle  design but never bound, so I added the quilt binding to that one.  That quilt was made in January this year, so it’s a relatively quick finish by my standards!

Now there’s no stopping me and I’m off to find another quilt top that I can finish.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Straight Line Quilting – Quilt Sampler


 

Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting

This straight line quilting tutorial is the first design in my machine quilting sampler quilt.  The whole idea for the sampler has come from all my efforts to engage with Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, over the past few weeks.  I am actually demonstrating the straight line quilting on my normal domestic machine because of course the designs that I am going to use in my sampler can be sewn on any machine.  I have used plain fabric in a light colour with black thread for the quilting so that it shows up well.  The size of the quilt is about 32″ by 42″ for the very technical reason that I had a piece of wadding that size in my stash.  As I go along, I will be subdividing the quilt into sections about 8″ square.

I am not going to go into the basics of setting up for machine quilting, because I have already covered that here.

Straight line quilting ideas

Straight line quilting is the first step when you begin quilting – when you stitch in the ditch or echo quilt you are following the lines of the seams in your quilt blocks.  The next step is to begin to add a little something into the lines so that you can use them as a design in their own right.  As you can see, I have begun with triangles sewn at intervals in a line, then squares – yes, I agree they are more like rectangles than squares!  In the next line I have added hearts and in the final line I have added very simple stars.

Whichever design you want to include in your straight line quilting, the important thing as always is to practise it before you use it in a quilt.  The few designs that I have shown are very basic, so think about variations that you can use – different sizes of triangles within the same line, different spaces between them, different designs within the same line.  Try them all out and decide which variations look right for your particular quilt.

I was going to show you two squares of the sampler in each tutorial, but the video would have been far too long so I am cutting it back to just the one section for each tutorial.  The video goes into some detail and I hope you will find it helpful to see the straight line quilting as I sew it:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose