Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Process post ... straight-line quilting

Time to remember I took the process pledge!  This is my 2nd straight line quilt ... and second 9-patch as well!  My first one was a couple of weeks ago.

I started by stitching a 1/4" on either side of the block seam.  The blocks are 6", so this allows me to remove the basting pins.

Then I used my fabulous washable pen to draw in lines for the white blocks so that I can continue to ensure that I keep straight lines when quilting there.

My first straight line attempt came out OK, but I am really glad that I persevered as this time it came out SO MUCH better!!  The lines are much straighter and you can really see the "grid" on the back of the quilt.

I also found I love the built-in walking foot on my new machine ... it works even better than the external  one that I bought on eBay!

Oh ... and I have I told you about the best quilting gloves I have ever used?  They are Atlas gardening gloves and I picked them up for $4.99 at my local True Value.  I love them, the palms are 100% rubberized and they really make it easy to grip and move the fabric through the machine.  By-the-way ... they are also my favorite gardening gloves ... but no worries ... I have a different color of those to make sure they never get mixed up!

Hope you're having a great week!
All the best



  1. It looks great! I love the grid pattern.

  2. It looks wonderful.

    What kind of machine did you get?

  3. this looks great...i would never be able to straight line without my walking foot. they make such a difference

  4. The quilt looks wonderful!

    Love the idea of the built in walking foot. It's something I'll have to consider if I can ever manage a new machine.

  5. oh what is that great fabric the brown with olive colored dots?


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