Straight line quilting with the PFAFF performance icon by Sarah Vanderburgh June 22, 2021 written by Sarah Vanderburgh June 22, 2021 343 This week’s project is all about quilting with the PFAFF performance icon. In yesterday’s post, I shared the instructions for piecing the placemats and quilting the layers together. Each of the four placemats will be quilted in different ways using the PFAFF performance icon. Quilting placemat with PFAFF performance icon Quilting Thread The choice of thread can be quite personal and depends on what you have on hand. In this case, I decided to use a Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in light blue. It will blend into the background borders of the placemat and will show more on the focus floral fabric and the green squares. I wound a bobbin of the same thread using the bobbin winder located on the top of the performance icon. Thread choice for machine quilting Topstitching At this point I already knew I wanted to topstitch each of the placemats with this thread color. I used the ¼ inch Quilting Foot to help me get a consistent topstitch. Topstitching with ¼ inch Quilting Foot. In making this project, I considered the placemats as small quilt samples to try out different types of quilting. The envelope method of finishing the edge before the quilting is done is not ideal for this type of adventure – however, I didn’t want to add binding so I was willing to risk the possibility of bumps or excess fabric when quilting. I’ll tell you now; I wasn’t disappointed in my results! Placemat with topstitching Straight-line quilting The first type of quilting that came to mind when I thought of modern stitching was straight line quilting – sometimes called matchstick quilting. To look modern the stitching lines are kept a close, consistent distance from each other. I decided to use the edge of the standard presser foot as my guide for spacing my stitches, which happens to be ¼″, and to stitch the lines the width of the placemat not the length. I started my lines at the right edge of the focus fabric square. Each time I got to the end of a line I turned the placemat and took four stitches to get to the next starting place. Straight line machine quilting Once I got to the edge, I turned the placemat so the finished quilting side was to the right of the needle. I started on a line of stitches ¼″ from the focus fabric square edge and continued left across the remaining unquilted placemat. The wide harp space and LED lights make it easy to turn and continue quilting the second half of the placemat. Machine quilting the second half of the placemat. I have to admit I enjoyed this dense quilting! Doing it on a small area like a placemat made me see the appeal and may have convinced me to try it on at least a wall hanging 😉 I felt confident to try out this new to me quilting using the PFAFF performance icon. If I hadn’t already decided to try different options I just might have used the straight line stitching on all of the placemats! Placemat with straight line quilting This is part 2 of 5 in this series Go back to part 1: Modern placemats made easy with the PFAFF performance icon Go to part 3: How to use decorative stitches for a perfect quilted finish Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs369free motion quiltingfree patternsGÜTERMANN threadsINSPIRAnotionsperformance iconpfaffplacematsquilting techniquesquilting tutorialsRuler Foot Templatessewing machine reviewsthreads FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Sarah Vanderburgh I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario. previous post Modern placemats made easy with the PFAFF performance icon next post QUILTsocial Spectrum QAL Quilt Reveal and Giveaway! YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Stitch in the ditch AND grid quilting with... On-point quilting: Where to start with cutting and... Create or edit your stitches with the PFAFF... Creating custom stitched fabric is FUN with the... More is more with a quilted maximalist cushion... A two-panel backing completes the quilted ‘Sunshine’ cushion... A FUN way to blanket stitch with the... Stippling with different size stitches is OK [Defining... The ‘Radiant Stitch’ on the PFAFF performance icon:... 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.