Welcome to Week Twenty Three of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
Today’s Topic: Circles and Spirals Machine Quilt-a-Long
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we will begin work on the Circles and Spirals Machine Quilt-a-Long
This happy little quilt incorporates some of the design principles we’ve discussed this week as well as several techniques we’ve reviewed for the past 24 weeks.
Take your time with this project.
I recommend that you follow along with the Circles and Spirals project, then use this flexible pattern with YOUR favorite motifs and thread combinations to create your own design.
(The directions for this quilt can be found on pages 120 in 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting)
First we will create a long quilt sandwich. (Spray or pin baste with your choice of batting.)
After the quilt is layered, add marked lines to divide the quilt into a basic framework. (My quilt is 18 inches wide by 40 inches long.)
Next, use matching thread and a machine guided technique (walking foot or dual feed option) to stitch the long straight lines.
Once the framework is set up, we can free motion quilt the tablerunner in any order.
To keep the large central motifs, evenly spaced, measure the spacing and add tick marks.
Similarly, we will ruler mark each of the lines for the side Dots and Dashes.
To mark the large circles on the “endcaps”, use a DVD or small saucer.
And of course, we need to practice the motifs and scale by doodling.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make small thread samples….
The Quilt Sandwich and Marking
Create a quilt sandwich using a half width of solid fabric (approximately 22 inches wide) by your desired length. (My quilt is 40 inches long.)
Using chalk and a yardstick, mark the center line of the quilt, both horizontally and vertically. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly centered, there is some wiggle room here.
We will make all future marks from the center line.
Marking the Short Ends
On the “endcaps” add two lines five inches apart.
(The long lines will not cross into the endcaps.)
Mark the long lines
The quilt is divided into three equal sections (6 inches apart) before the center section is further subdivided.
Referring to the diagram above, mark two lines on either side of the center mark, three inches away.
From each of the new lines, mark parallel lines 6 inches apart.
The quilt is now subdivided into three long six inch segments.
Subdivide the long center segment
Now further subdivide the center segment.
From the center line mark lines 1-1/2 inches away.
This creates a central 3 inch space for the large spirals and two borders that are 1-1/2 inches (The Twist motif).
Set up your sewing machine for machine guided stitching using either a walking foot or the dual feed option.
Thread the machine with matching color, light weight thread.
Stitch all of the long lines first, cutting off after each one–rather than twisting the quilt around.
Stitch the perpendicular lines to create the endcap.
The basic framework is complete!
Practice doodling Spirals, Dots and Dashes and The Twist.
What color will you choose?
Do YOU have a favorite batting?
How Loooong is your table?
I can’t wait to see what YOU create!
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