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Straight lines before free-motion quilting

 

Welcome back to my last blog post of the week. I hope you enjoyed making this table runner. I was pleasantly surprised at the spool adapter I showed you yesterday, this great feature makes the process of sewing very stable.

I know that there are many quilters dreading this moment so I have come up with simple steps to make your quilting easy. I, on the other hand, was looking forward to this part as I knew the PFAFF creative icon would be the perfect tool.

 

Presenting the PFAFF creative icon
Presenting the PFAFF creative icon

 

1st step: the sandwich

The first step is to sandwich your quilt! I use ODIF 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive Spray and wait overnight to begin quilting so I’m sure nothing will move.

 

ODIF 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive Spray helps to keep your work stable!
ODIF 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive Spray helps to keep your work stable!

 

2nd step: straight lines before free-motion

Now for this piece, I want to have some free-motion designs so in order to ensure that my piece won’t shift or shrink during that part, I’m going to run some straight line quilting along the table runner so that it will ‘set’ my project.

I decided to do some simple stitch in the ditch to set my table runner as I don’t want to see that quilting. I want all eyes on the free-motion design. It was really easy to do since the ¼” foot is designed to be used with the integrated dual feed system which means that I don’t need a bulky walking foot for any straight line quilting on the creative icon. 

And by a simple touch of the screen I was able to select my quilting stitch and adjust length and tension.

 

Stitch in the ditch with the PFAFF creative icon
Stitch in the ditch with the PFAFF creative icon

 

 

Free motion quilting witht he PFAFF creative icon
Free motion quilting witht he PFAFF creative icon

 

Once that was done, I changed to my Dynamic Spring foot and adjusted the speed to allow me to free-motion quilt in the center of the blocks.

Once again I was impressed on how easy it was to change foot the creative icon. I realized that I never have to unscrew the pressure foot ankle, the Dynamic Spring foot clips onto it.

Again, the machine was my true friend as I had enough work space in height and width to see where I was going. And I really love using Dynamic Spring Foot. There was no hesitation and my free-motion quilting was very fun to do.

I had practiced the design and movement on paper until I was ready to move to the creative icon. And this is really important to remember.

You can’t quilt it if you can’t draw it!

 

Guidelines to quilting your table runner
Guidelines to quilting your table runner

 

Here’s my quilting design. The first stitch in the ditch is marked in black, the second is in yellow. Once that’s done, you can do a free-motion pattern. I liked the floral design and decided to go with it on the table runner.

Here’s the way I quilted it:

 

Floral quilting step #1
Floral quilting step #1

 

 

Floral quilting step #2
Floral quilting step #2

 

 

Floral quilting step #3
Floral quilting step #3

 

 

Floral quilting step #4
Floral quilting step #4

 

If you really want to mark your table runner and free-motion on the drawing then I suggest drawing the pattern on a Glad Press’n Seal sheet, you can easily remove it once done by simply tearing it off and using a hot iron on the tough to reach pieces under your thread.  Don’t worry! It won’t melt onto your fabric or iron.

I hope that these simple steps have helped you gain confidence in your quilting abilities.

All that is left to do is the binding and you’ll be ready to enjoy your new table runner.

If you’re worried about the inside corners… no need to worry. Mark your ¼” and find the inside corner (see photo). When you’re sewing your binding, stop at that corner and simply move to the other side of the quilt, while stretching out the side you just stitched to become a continuous straight with your new edge and continue sewing. (OK, check the photo as an image speaks louder than words.)

 

Binding your quilt step #1
Binding your quilt step #1

 

 

Binding you quilt step #2
Binding you quilt step #2

 

 

Binding you quilt step #3
Binding you quilt step #3

 

I must admit that I cheated on this table runner. I used leftover 2½” strips in the light color for my binding and machine stitched on both sides.

And now for some good news: we are now March 2nd!

This means that February is over!

No more February blues! The beauty of the PFAFF creative icon is that it will give you hours of joyful sewing and quilting all year long! Join me in April, when I explore more invaluable features on this extraordinary sewing and quilting machine.

Enjoy!

 

Enjoy your new table runner
Enjoy your new table runner

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: A surprising must-have feature on the PFAFF creative icon

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

8 Comments

  1. barbara ellis

    Great information here. Love Pfaff….I use an old 7570 : )

    • Thank you Barbara!
      Would love to see what you’re quilting now!

  2. Brenda West

    Interesting. I am learning to quilt – self teaching – so love any articles that give information like this. Thanks

    • Thanks Brenda!
      I am glad I could help you in your new passion!
      Enjoy

  3. Gisele Dugas

    Thanks for the useful tips Claire!

  4. Suzanne Brisson

    est-ce que les explications se donnent en français???

    • Bonjour Suzanne! Il est possible de faire traduire instantanement tous nos messages de blog. Ceci est fait avec l’aide de Google Translate au fond de chaque page. Il ne faut que choisir la langue de preference. Il me semble que la traduction ne soit pas mal, mais quand meme ca ce peut comprendre. – Carla A. Canonico

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