I am going to do a series (3) blog posts and will share with you how I did some of the quilting in my quilt for the final round of the McCall’s Design Challenge
I first stabilized the quilt with in-the-ditch quilting – this quilting was both functional (in stabilizing the quilt), and decorative (adding quilting design.)
For all of my in-the-ditch quilting I used Aurifil 50/2 thread. For the darker colored fabric I used Black (2692) and for the lighter colored fabrics I used Grey (2605).
For my batting I used one layer of Quilters Dream Cotton Select as the bottom layer (next to the backing) and on top of that I placed a layer of Hobbs Heirloom Washable Wool Batting. The combination of the two created nice depth and dimension.
I used the VersaTool by Handi Quilter to do all my in-the-ditch stitching.
I prefer this tool for in-the-ditch stitching. The indentations allowed me to have greater control in guiding my machine. Also- the length of the quilting space was ample – in fact a good check. When I needed to reposition the tool – it was time for me to reposition myself (physically move my body) so that I was aligned properly with the machine head and had proper control over the quilting.
I purchased my VersaTool through my Handi Quilter dealer The Quilt Basket. It is quarter inch thick and will work on all machines that require a template this thick.
First I made sure that I had my Ruler Base on the machine. This added a platform on which my VersaTool could rest. It gives support and stability.
The VersaTool has an indentation with quarter inch markings at both ends. I lined these etched marks up with my seam line,
Lined my hopping foot up with the corner
held the tool firmly (but not with a death grip!)
and stitched along the tool (SLOWLY!!)
When I came to the end I repositioned and continued to the corner seam.
I used my stitch regulator and had it set to 12 stitches/inch.
Next week (January 19) I will show you how I quilted the Lightning Bolt Border design. On January 26 I will have a post on how I used the Pro-Stitcher and digital designs in this quilt.