Quilting with Sandi


IX Step Four

Traditional Method:

Once your quilt top is complete, including any borders, it is time to decide how to quilt this design.  If doing other than “stitch in the ditch” or outline quilting, the quilting lines should be marked BEFORE assembling the quilt “sandwich”.  Press quilt top, then mark as needed.

To assemble the quilt: Measure length and width at top, middle & bottom, and midline.  Adjust as needed.  Cut batting and backing approx. 8-10” longer & wider than quilt top.  Press backing fabric.

Place backing WS up on table or hard floor.  Tape to surface with masking tape.  Place batting on top of backing, smooth out carefully.

Place pressed quilt top on top of batting, leaving an even margin all around.  Start at center & midline, pin through all 3 layers with safety pins.

Pin every 6” or so.  Measure length and width of quilt top & adjust as needed.  Work from center toward the edges.

Remove tape.  Time to quilt!

Quilt as you go- Row by Row

Use fusing spray to secure the backing to the wrong (back) side of the batting. Now use your 6” wide Omnigrid ruler to draw a horizontal line across the batting at the midpoint.  Continue to draw a set of horizontal lines across the batting, every 6”.  These are your guidelines for placement of the rows of blocks.

Start with the row of blocks that will be in the middle of the quilt; baste or fuse/spray it in place, being sure to align it with the horizontal guideline on the batting.

Using the “sew and flip” method, carefully stitch the upper edge of the next row of blocks to the lower edge of this basted row. Flip, press/pin in place.  Check for alignment and then add the remaining bands, working first down to the lowest row, and then upwards to the top row of blocks.

You will be machine quilting at this point, BEFORE adding borders. Use any decorative stitches your machine offers.

Then, add side borders, then top/bottom borders, again using “sew and flip”.