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5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt

In my previous posts Perfect pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting and Needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial I talked about how to choose the best needles to work with a variety of threads.

We’ll put this knowledge to work once again this week as I’ll be showing you how to make a whole cloth quilt using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

I’m using fabric from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

Here we go.


Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies


Step 1 – gather your supplies


  • 2 yds cotton fabric in a solid color; this will be used for both the front and back of your quilt. For the sample, I used the beautiful ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000, yellow #9000-50 from Northcott.
  • ⅜ yd for binding; you can use the same fabric as I did or a contrasting fabric if you prefer


ColorWorks by Northcott fabrics
ColorWorks by Northcott fabrics



I just love the luster that silk thread adds to our project!

This is a construction weight silk thread so we will use it for both the quilting and sewing on the binding.

I used light yellow to match my fabric.


Gütermann spun silk thread for luxurious quilting
Gütermann spun silk thread for luxurious quilting



This is a sturdy needle made especially for piecing and machine quilting.
The special tapered design allows the needle to penetrate the fabric easily and helps to eliminate skipped stitches.

The new chrome coated version resists heat and wear while allowing the needle to pass through the fabric with less resistance.


SCHMETZ Quilting needles standard and chrome
SCHMETZ Quilting needles standard and chrome


marking tool


UNIQUE 2 in 1 marking pen
UNIQUE 2 in 1 marking pen



This batting is a blend of 50% rayon made from bamboo and 50% organic cotton.
Nature-Fil is soft, low loft and has a nice drape making it a good choice for our project.


Fairfield Nature-fil batting
Fairfield Nature-fil batting



  • rotary cutter, 6″ x 24″ (or larger) quilting ruler and cutting mat
  • HEIRLOOM Safety Pins
  • sharp scissors
  • sewing machine
  • 2 or three extra bobbins
  • walking foot for your machine

We have gathered our supplies and are ready to start.
I can hardly wait, how about you?

Join me tomorrow as we ready our machines for stitching with the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles andGütermann spun silk thread.

We’ll also prepare our fabric and use our UNIQUE 2 in 1 marking pen to mark the first part of the design.

See you then!


This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Easy preparation for walking foot quilting

Julie Plotniko is a quilting teacher, blogger and designer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Teaching for almost 40 years, recent credits include Quilt Canada 2016 and 2017, many quilt guilds and groups throughout Canada and CreativFestival Sewing and Craft Shows in Victoria, Abbotsford and Toronto. When not on the road Julie works and teaches at Snip & Stitch Sewing Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her favorite things include free motion quilting (standard bed and mid-arm machines), precision piecing, scrap quilting, machine embroidery, blogging, designing and of course teaching. Julie believes that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to having confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards that life has to offer.

1 Comment

  1. Leslie Graham

    Julie is a remarkable teacher, giving students the ability and confidence to excel. She said I could do thread painting and was a quilt piecer, after that class I am ready to go on to much bigger projects thanks to her guidance.

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