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.
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.
I pin-basted the top, batting and backing and then I was ready to quilt.
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:
Here’s how the foot looks when it has been clicked into 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.
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!
Here are a few of my quilts using improv houses. As you can see, these little houses make great borders in quilts too.
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.
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Using decorative stitches effectively to enhance a quilt block