Quilting is a great way to add texture and dimension to any project, and placemats are no exception. In yesterday’s blog post, I finished exploring movement when sewing fabrics together to create a placemat. Today, I’m taking it to the next level by quilting the placemats using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine to add a new dimension.
When it comes to quilting, choosing a design can be one of the most difficult parts of the process. My trick is to use my smartphone image app to test out various patterns until I find one that pleases me. For this project, I found that circles added the perfect amount of movement to the placemats.
To free-motion quilt the circles, I lowered the feed dogs on the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine by moving the switch at the back of the free arm to the left. Then, I attached the optional open toe free-motion foot and set the machine for straight stitching. I also adjusted the speed on the machine to ensure that I can take my time to create the circles.
One of my favorite features on the PFAFF passport 2.0 is the needle up/down function. This function allows you to set the needle on the down position so it automatically stops in the placemat when you stop quilting. This ensures your quilting motion remains on track whenever you need to stop. The tie-off function is another great feature that makes quilting easier. Once activated, you simply press the reverse button while actively sewing for the stitching to stop and proceed to the automatic tie-off.
After quilting my three placemats, I added the binding and chose a curved decorative stitch to machine stitch the binding (stitch #40). This created a beautiful finished edge that harmonized with the quilting movement of the placemats. Here’s a video explaining how I stitched the decorative stitch on the binding and maneuvered the corners.
The PFAFF passport 2.0 was the perfect machine for this project. Its features made quilting easy and the end result was a set of beautiful placemats.
Playing with color and movement can transform a simple placemat into a beautiful quilted project that’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Thank you for joining us on this journey and seeing the quilting process using the PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine.