The quilting is my least favorite part of making a quilt. I know I’m not the only person that feels this way. In spite of how I feel, I only have a couple tops that need quilted. I try not to let them stack up.
I consider myself a confident beginner in the free-motion quilting world. I don’t do it often enough to get good at it, and I don’t much enjoy it. I can show my quilts at guild without feeling embarrassed, but I won’t win prizes anytime soon.
I know I’d complete projects faster if I liked the quilting, so I’m working toward a method I can enjoy. I’m past caring how anyone else does it. If it gets the job done, it’s all good.
With that in mind I decided to share how I quilted the auction quilt. I’m starting with the border because that’s what I’m working on now.
I knew I wanted to do a continuous crocus border, only I wanted tulips so it matched the center of the quilt. I started by cutting strips of Golden Threads paper and taping them together so they fit over the border.
Then I folded the border to create registrations lines to help with spacing. I believe this is how the hand quilters do it.
Next I drew the border very lightly in pencil. I wasn’t happy with my tulips, so I created a template from an appliqué pattern and used it to trace the tulips onto the Golden Threads paper. At this point I switched to Pigma Pen. I learned the hard way that pencil lines can transfer to your fabric when you stitch through Golden Threads paper.
Once I was happy with the border I pinned it to the quilt. I used a lot of pins to keep it from shifting.
At this point I had the choice to either free motion quilt or not. Either way I could use the drawn template as a guide. I decided to quilt with the feed dogs up. I’m donating this quilt to a silent auction and I want it to look nice.
Here’s what it looks like stitched.
The template helped keep everything even. I never expected to quilt exactly on all the lines. Once I remove the paper no one will know the difference.
Next time I’ll share how I quilted the rest of the quilt.