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Brother BQ3050 and its 3 free motion feet and 5

by Jean Boyd

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed making some crumb quilt projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

Block with crumb pieced border made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

Yesterday I showed how to make blocks using crumb quilt strips for borders. I made 3 – 10½” blocks for a table runner, but of course, you can make as many blocks as you like.

How to finish the table runner using 3 crumb-pieced blocks:

  • Sew 1½” x 10½” sashing strips between the blocks.

Sew sashing strips between the blocks.

  • From border fabric, cut 2 – 5″ x 32½” for side borders and 2 – 5″ x 19½” for the top and bottom borders.
  • Sew on the side borders first and then the top and bottom borders.

Sew on side borders first and then top and bottom borders.

There are lots of seams to sew through when making crumb quilts, but the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine has no problem sewing through them. Make sure you have the key for the automatic fabric sensor in the on position! Then the thickness of the fabric is automatically detected and the foot pressure is automatically adjusted while sewing to ensure the fabric is fed through smoothly. What a great feature!

Turn on the automatic fabric sensor key to ensure smooth stitching.

When you have your blocks all put together, you’re ready for quilting! Because of the busy design that has been created, it’s probably best to do some simple quilting in the blocks. You can be a little more adventurous in the unpieced outer borders!

The MuVit dual feed foot that comes with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050  allows you to do this very easily. If you didn’t have a chance to look at the MuVit dual feed video earlier this week, be sure to watch it now. It really shows how versatile the MuVit dual feed foot is.

I love how the MuVit attachment comes with 5 different feet. You’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for your quilting style. The dual feed foot can be used with any of the straight or zigzag stitch patterns. It’s best to sew at slow or medium speeds when using this foot.

The MuVit dual feed foot comes with 5 different feet.

You could also do some free motion quilting in the plain borders of this table runner. The Brother Innov-is BQ3050 has 3 different free motion feet from which to choose. When doing free motion quilting you can use most of the straight, zigzag and decorative stitches. If you’re new to this technique, it’s a good idea to do some practice stitching before working on your quilt.

The free motion foot E, shown on the left in the picture below, is used for echo quilting. The circular lines on the foot are ¼” and ⅜” away from the needle position, so it’s easy to follow previous stitching lines at an equal distance.

Free motion foot C, shown in the middle in the picture below, should be used with the straight stitch needle plate for consistent stitching. Use straight stitch Q-01 or 1-30 when using this foot.

Free motion foot O, shown on the right in the picture below, is used for free motion quilting with zigzag or decorative stitches OR for free motion quilting of straight lines on fabric with an uneven thickness.

3 different free motion feet come with the Brother Innov-is BQ3050 machine.

When free motion quilting, you can adjust the height of the presser foot to match the thickness of your quilt. Just press the + or – key on the free motion foot height bar on the screen. Another great feature on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050!

Adjust the free motion foot height of the foot with the touch of a button.

I hope you’ve enjoyed making some crumb quilt projects this week using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine. It’s always exciting to try new techniques and use some of the many attachments that come with this machine. Don’t be afraid to play and have fun with your machine!

Brother Innov-is BQ3050

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide

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