There was such an overwhelming response to my 5-day design tutorial last week that I thought I'd randomly share a few more hints over coming weeks that may help you with your sewing, especially if you're fairly new to stitching and quilting.
Two years ago I did a binding tutorial HERE which I titled 'Simply Basics 101', so I'll give all these little tutorials that same name, ok?
Today, let me share about
..neat machine quilting finishes..
This weekend I have been sewing another table runner, which will be inside the next issue of my magazine, Elefantz HOME e-zine, on September 6th.
When all my piecing was done, and the runner was sandwiched with wadding and backing, it was time for the machine quilting. Now, I'm a pretty basic machine quilter. No lovely stippling for me - one day when I have time spare to learn perhaps.
But I really do enjoy outline quilting, which is sometimes called echo quilting. It means I quilt a little way outside of the ditch.
This design has a few 'Road to California' blocks across the length of the runner, and you can see by the photo of the block below what the outline quilting looks like, though at this stage I still had a bit more to do around the border of the block and inside the centre square...
Today I thought you may like to know how to have lovely neat finishes to your machine quilting, on both the front and the back of your quilted project. These are the sort of things I wish I'd known as a newbie back in 2005.
Always begin with a nice long length of thread from your bobbin, and your top thread, before you begin stitching. You'll need this later.
I have started and finished the quilting of the solid salmon pink section of the block at the same spot, and have trimmed the thread to give me a tail around 6 inch long. I trim both threads (the start and the finish thread) to the same length...
Thread your hand embroidery needle with these threads...
Insert your needle into the place where the machine quilting began and finished...but do not push it through the back of the fabric.
You want to hide the needle inside the wadding, about 1" past the spot where you inserted the needle...
Pull the thread right through, making sure it's only running through the wadding and isn't showing through the back of the quilt top...
Give the thread a very gentle pull and trim the end with your scissors...
When the fabric relaxes again the thread will have 'disappeared', and you have lovely neat finish to your machine quilting!
Next, follow the same steps with the threads at the back of your quilt. It's important for both front and back to both be neat.
I hope that little hint was of help to someone.
Here is the completed 'Road to California' block with all the outline quilting finished.
I had to giggle with this project because it contains three 'Road to California' blocks, and the name of the fabrics I've used to piece the table runner is 'California Girl'!
So the name of the completed project better have 'California' in it, don't you think?
I'm off to stitch with friends today.
Hope you've found a few buddies to stitch with occasionally? If not, start a group yourself. That's what I did.