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The secret to modern quilting using the straight stitch

In yesterday’s post, I used a short stitch to perfecting align my seams. As time was the essence for this project, I wanted to finish making the table runner in two days, so for quilting, I opted for a simple yet elegant straight line stitch with a solid beige color thread. The use of the beige color quilting thread was perfect again to show off the beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics from Banyan Batiks.

Here is the secret to a straight stitch.


A simple yet elegant straight stitch with a solid beige color thread


In order to ensure I would not create any distortions while quilting, I started to quilt my first line in the center of the piece. I don’t like to stitch in the ditch, so I align ⅛” – ¼” alongside of the center seam, it helped me to keep a straight line and when quilting the main theme fabric, I simply followed the straight line. It’s ok to use a white fineliner to mark the first line with a ruler if it would make you feel more secure.


I started to quilt my first line in the center of the piece


Once the initial line is stitched, I need to stitch along each side going in the opposite direction. Meaning starting from the main theme fabric to the block section. I simply used the length of my ¼” foot to align my next stitch… like I said, I was in a hurry to finish this table runner. Once those two lines were quilted, I stitched along each side once again starting from the block sections back to the main theme fabric. Basically, I repeated the same alternating direction quilting until the top was all quilted.


Using my foot to determine length between quilting lines


The next step was to cut off all the excess backing and batting. I used my rulers to do so aligning with the seams from my block to ensure I squared off the piece perfectly.


I used my rulers to square off the piece perfectly.



Close up of ruler aligning to seams of the table runner for perfect squaring off


I hope you enjoyed learning my secret to a perfect straight stitch to show off the beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics from Banyan Batiks. Come back tomorrow, I’ll show how I made the binding with alternating fabric for a perfect finish.



This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How a short stitch, in quilting, can save the day

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.

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