I sewed the background fabric rectangles together using the ¼” foot. I’m going to use some ribbon braid to cover the seam lines and the raw edges of some of the embellishments, so I pressed all the seams open. This will create a flatter area on which to sew the ribbon braid.
Now comes the fun part – sewing on all the embellishments in place! I pinned everything in place to check the over-all effect. I needed to take some of the items off the quilt in order to sew on the ribbon and braid, so I took a picture of my arrangement for future reference and then I was ready to sew.
I sewed braid and ribbon on some of the background fabric using a blanket stitch or simple zig-zag stitch with the open toe foot. The wide opening on this foot allows complete visibility of the stitches. The wedge shape indention on the underside of the foot keeps the foot from dragging over heavy stitching, such as satin stitching.
Again I did some test samples first, to make sure I liked the effect. For some stitches I lengthened and widened the stitch length – easy to do with just the touch of a button on the NQ900.
Before attaching the pockets, I sewed a piece of ribbon braid with a buckle attached to the inside of each pocket. Pulling something out of a pocket and putting it back in, is another activity enjoyed by those using a Fidget Quilt.
For some of the thicker pieces like the pockets, buttons flaps and zipper, I used the even-feed food to make sure everything stayed in place as I was stitching. I also used the walking foot to sew on a couple of crocheted doilies.
Then I added a piece of narrow cord on the top right rectangle. When the quilting is finished, I’ll be stringing some buttons here, just before the binding is sewn on.
I will be using black and white ribbon braid to cover all the seams. Using the walking foot, the ribbon braid underneath the zipper and button flaps was sewn on first. The remaining ribbon will be sewn over the seams after all the embellishments had been added. More embellishments will be added after the quilting is finished.
Now for the quilting! I layered the quilt top, batting and flannel backing and safety-pinned the layers together. Using the walking foot, I did some simple straight line quilting around the design elements and ribbons. There are 4 different fabric weights in this little quilt and the walking foot on the NQ900 managed everything with no problems – no shifting or stretching of any of the fabrics!
I’m almost finished putting my Fidget Quilt together with this wonderful Brother NQ900 machine! Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you my favorite binding method using the walking foot on the Brother NQ900.