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5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt

5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt

by Julie Plotniko

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

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1 comment

Leslie Graham May 14, 2019 - 8:37 am

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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