Machine quilting improv houses makes for a very pretty quilt by Jean Boyd April 21, 2017 written by Jean Boyd April 21, 2017 751 Yesterday I showed you how I used the PFAFF Expression™ 4.2 to add some decorative stitching to my improv house block. I decided to use three of my house blocks to make a small quilt which could be used as either a wall hanging or a table runner. Pfaff Expression™ 4.2 Because my house blocks were three different sizes, I trimmed them so they would all be the same height. I added a 1″ (cut size) black border and then a 4″ striped border with black corner squares. Sew your houses together then measure the width and height of your joined blocks to determine the size of your borders. Borders added to the house blocks I pin-basted the top, batting and backing and then I was ready to quilt. Top, batting and backing pin basted Engaging the integrated walking foot It’s so nice to have the integrated walking foot on the PFAFF Expression™ 4.2. You just pull it down until it clicks onto the foot and you’re ready to quilt. Here’s the foot before engaging it: The IDT™ integrated dual feed foot on the PFAFF Expression™ 4.2 Here’s how the foot looks when it has been clicked into place. Just pull The IDT™ integrated dual feed foot down until it clicks in place. I used “in the ditch” quilting for the black border and around the houses. Then I used stitch 76 with a variegated thread in the grass areas. Quilting “in the ditch” Now it’s time to add the binding. I cut the binding strips 3″ wide for a ½” finished binding. You can see my detailed instructions for sewing on binding in my August 11, 2016 post on QUILTsocial. The binding was sewn using the IDT™ integrated dual feed foot and a scant ½” seam. It’s a good idea to do a test run first on some scraps to get the right seam allowance for your fabric. You want to make sure that the binding folds neatly to the back. Finish sewing the binding by hand on the back. But I still have a pile of scraps left! How did that happen? Now I have to make more houses! Leftover scraps. Time for more houses! Here are a few of my quilts using improv houses. As you can see, these little houses make great borders in quilts too. Haunted Houses pattern by Jean Boyd Winter Village pattern by Jean Boyd Hip Hop Houses pattern by Jean Boyd It’s been a pleasure working on the PFAFF Expression™ 4.2 this week. What did I like best about this machine? There are many great features, but these are my favorites: the integrated dual feed foot the bobbin that stops the machine when it’s almost empty the needle threader the wide harp space and the great LED lighting There are many more wonderful features on this machine – one week was just not enough time to try them all! Many thanks to Donna and Paul Taylor of Taylor Sewing Centre in Brockville for lending me this machine. Be sure to check out Taylor’s web site to see all their PFAFF machines and quilting supplies. PFAFF Quilt Expression™ 4.2 Realize how exciting modern quilting can be. Exceptional quilting features are just waiting to be discovered. This is part 5 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 4: Using decorative stitches effectively to enhance a quilt block Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs151machine quiltingpfaff expression 4 2quilting with the pfaff expression 4 2 FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Jean Boyd Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts. previous post Using decorative stitches effectively to enhance a quilt block next post 4 more reasons to love the amazing NQ900 from Brother YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Using decorative stitches effectively to enhance a quilt... Making a house a home out of the... Improv quilting – what’s it all about? Getting to know the PFAFF Quilt Expression™ 4.2 Binding a Place-mat is like Binding a Quilt Quilting the On-The-Go Place-mat Sewing the Fabric Pieces into a Place-mat, Part... Sewing Fabric Pieces into a Place-mat Easy Quilt Pattern: On-the-Go Place-mat 1 comment LILLIAN BROWN November 8, 2019 - 12:20 pm Wow this machine does it all Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.