I've been on a quilting binge lately, finishing up some small tops that have been languishing in the closet.Quilts for Kids.
This one turned out better. I pinned a little more, and I used a different batting.
You can see why I always wash the quilts before I give them away.
All three of these quilts are part of our charity work at Ties that Bind Quilt Group.
When I went to work on the last of these quilts yesterday, I decided to try something else. I can't say it's anything new, because I used to do this when hand quilting, but I haven't really done this when machine quilting.
First I pinned the heck out of this little top, and quilted in the ditch between the blocks. That made a 6 in. grid. So far, so good. Then I got out the masking tape, and did this:
There are advantages and disadvantages to marking quilts with masking tape, especially for machine quilting. This is my list.
1. No marks on the quilt.
2. Nice straight line to quilt next to.
3. Masking tape is cheap, available everywhere, and comes in all different sizes.
4. If you accidentally put it in the wrong place, you can easily pull it up and re-position it.
5. It is really fun to pull off the tape and see a nice straight quilted line.
1. It takes a while to get the tape on the quilt. (Just like when you mask areas before you paint.)
2. You have to be careful not to sew on the tape, not even the very edge. If you accidentally do, it will be a pain to take the tape off.
3. The tape shouldn't sit on the quilt for very long, so you need to tape it and quilt it right away.
4. The presser foot makes kind of a weird scrunchy noise when part of it is resting on the tape.
5. A quilt can use up a lot of masking tape!
This is the tape I used on this baby quilt:
The absolute worst problem I had with this method was this: a couple of times the edge of the tape flipped up after the presser foot had passed it, and stuck to the back of the presser foot. Part of the problem was using small sections of tape, which made this more likely. Fixing this was easy. I just stopped the machine with the needle down, detached the tape, stuck it back down, and went on.
I think I like this method. I want to try it for cross-hatching on a big quilt.
Thanksgiving is next week! I'm sure we all have a lot to be thankful for. I know I do.
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