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Have you ever wondered if you could quilt on your embroidery machine? The answer is, yes. In this tutorial I walk you through the process of getting your Scraptastic Scrap Quilt prepared for quilting on the embroidery machine. I will be working on my Brother 8500D and I am using a 9.5″ x 14″ hoop. I am also using Madeira polyester thread 40 wt. Quilting edge to edge on your embroidery machine is fun and comes out looking like you sent your quilt to the long armer. In this quilting edge to edge tutorial, I am using the Gnome pattern from Designs by JuJu.
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While quilting with my embroidery machine, I share my thoughts on hooping and as you will see towards the end, seam ripping. Unfortunately, seam ripping is a part of a quilters life and it is no different when free motion quilting, straight line quilting or quilting on your embroidery machine. This is part 1 of a 2 part video.
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Preparing the Scraptastic Scrap for Quilting: In this video I do a quick finish up on the border of our Scraptastic Scrap Quilt. Now that the quilt is complete, both front and back, we are reading to begin the quilting process. Whether you will be straight-line quilting, free motion quilting, long arm quilting or using your embroidery machine to quilt, you will need to first prepare your quilt for quilting. In this video you will see me using Pellon 90/10 Cotton batting. I really like this batting and have several rolls of it. I am also using 505 Spray to hold the layers of my quilt sandwich together. I like to lay my quilt top on a table. You can use the floor or the wall if you find that to be easier. The method that works best is the one that fits your style best. I use clamps to hold my quilt in place. I purchase these clamps at Harbor, Tool and Freight. Preparing the quilt for quilting is time consuming and necessary. If I can give you one tip, it is not to start your quilt sandwich if you are in a rush. Do it when you have some time. You will find that the process will be much more enjoyable.
PUTTING THE BLOCKS TOGETHER AND ADDING A DESIGN TO THE CENTER
This week we begin sewing the blocks together to complete a row.
We also bordered our rows with our strips on both the top, bottom and sides of our row. Once you have completed sewing the borders around the block, you can then join the rows together. You will have your top row done and your bottom row done. The center is all that will be left to focus on.
For the center, I used a 1 yard piece of fabric. I used the length of 36 inches and cut the width at 12”, which is the measurement of the center of my quilt backing.
For the middle strip-
Cut one piece of fabric 12” W x 44” L or if your fabric is less than 44” Long, you can do what I did.
Cut one piece of fabric 12” W x 36” L
Cut – 3 – 4” pieces of contrasting fabric
Cut – 3 – 4” pieces from your scraps
Put one scrap square and one contrasting colored square, right sides facing each other. Sew all around the square using a 1/4” seam allowance.
Once finished, cut the square diagonally in both directions, making an X. Press the seams open, cut of the dog ears and then lay out your pinwheel pattern.
Sew the pieces together and square up your pinwheel to 4”. For detailed instructions on how to make the pinwheel from start to finish, watch the full tutorial listed below in this blog post.
In this tutorial of the Scraptastic Scrap Quilt 7 we learn how to piece an alternative backing for our quilt. You can use left over fabrics from each of your quilts to make a backing or just add different designs and pieces. You can also incorporate pieces from other quilts that you have made. The choice is truly yours. For this particular backing, I took my 2″ x 9″ left over white strips that I had used on the front of my quilt and used them to frame the blocks for my backing design. I also used a jelly roll that I had purchased at Joanns about 5 years ago that I had forgotten about and decided to use when I was searching through my stash. I realize that not everyone will have access to a jelly roll and that is okay. You don’t have to use a jelly roll. You can use squares that you have leftover from the project we just finished. You can create a 9 patch and border it with whatever fabrics you desire. The amount of scrappy depends on you. You are the artist designing your own masterpiece. I will be incorporating more scraps as we continue working on the backing fabric, but for this particular project, I went with strips from the jelly roll. This quilt is going to be reversible and each side will be a different work of art. Embrace the process and don’t get hung up on perfection. The perfect quilt is the one you finish!
You will need to make 20- 8″ x 8″ blocks for this portion of the backing if you are following along with me.
You will need to have Jelly Roll or Strips that you cut- 2.5″ x 42″- I folded mine in half which made it easier for me to work with, but you do not have to do it that way.
You can sew the full 42″ and the result will still be the same for the strips.
You will need to sew all 3 strips together. If you are using a square strips or sewing smaller squares to make your block, just make sure that you square it up to 6.5″ x 6.5″ once you have sewn all pieces together.
You will then take your 2″ x 9″ leftover strips or cut new strips (your choice) and sew them on to your 6.5″ block as a border.
Once you have sewn all 4 border pieces on, make sure that you use your seam line on your border and cut 1″.
Remove the excess fabric and you should have a perfect 8″ x 8″ Block.
SCRAPTASTIC SCRAP QUILT 6- In this tutorial we put the last of our borders on our scraptastic scrap quilt. The quilt needed to be a bit larger so I added an extra border of black and then a thinner a border of white. The same color that we used to border our blocks. I used Moda Grunge in white. For the larger border on this quilt top, I used a 5.5″ black strip to go around the entire quilt. This added the much needed width and length to the quilt that was needed. To balance the quilt, I added another 2″ border strip around the quilt.
For this weeks strips, you will need to cut: 8- 5.5″ Strips (Sew them together and in this tutorial I show you how to sew a diagonal seam to attach the strips to each other.)