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Color Block Quilt

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a finished quilt in this space. After many, many, many hours of quilting straight lines, this one is finally complete. This Color Block Quilt is based off my Rainchino Rails quilt.

I wrote this pattern back in 2011 for Fat Quarterly. For my Color Block version, I eliminated the white sashing and just increased the width of the strips by 1″. You can still buy the issue with the pattern on the Fat Quarterly website.

I debated between mixing up my fabrics or dividing them into sections, and I’m happy I ended up doing the latter. I just love color blocking! I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, I quilted straight lines using the edge of my foot as a guide. I used the dual feed on my Bernina 750QE for the entire thing – about 170 lines!

You may recall in my post on straight line quilting that I was getting “off” results from the walking foot – but I encourage you to check back at that post. It’s all working fabulously now, just tweaked my settings a bit.

The backing is a beautiful Fig Tree & Co print from their California Girl line. The binding is from Zen Chic’s Comma line. This quilt measures 60″ x 68″. It’s actually a gift, going to a very special home in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to send it off!

May 13, 2014   27 Comments

Straight Line Quilting

Pin Basting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A quick post today to show that I have not been lazing around, but am truly working on finishing up my next quilt. I always procrastinate when it’s time to baste because I really just do not enjoy it. With small items like pillows, I spray baste. But when it comes to quilts, I just don’t get the same finish quality as when I pin baste. But I do know others that have great success with spray basting, so I always say you should do what works best for you.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had always planned on doing straight line quilting on this one. When I received the Bernina 750, I knew it didn’t come with a walking foot. I asked during my training if I could use the walking foot from my 440 with it and found out yes, I could. But I might not want to because the 750 has a dual feed system that can be used for straight line quilting.

I will go ahead and tell you that in my head I thought “SURE. Right. There is NO.WAY. the dual feed can compare to the walking foot when it comes to quilting.” You see, I love the walking foot on my 440. The first time I used it after buying that machine, it was like the clouds parted and the sun shined directly on me. :)

Then, at quilt guild last week, my friend Catherine assured me that the dual feed on the 750 works great for quilting. Yep, I was still skeptical because I am really stubborn like that.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I thought I would do a little test. I set up my machine with the dual feed. I followed the recommended pressure foot settings for quilting from my manual. You can see on the screen above, I changed the pressure from 50 (the default) to -10, as recommended. I switched my needle to a 90/14 Machine Quilting needle and got to work. I stitched a line with the dual feed setup. Then I switched to my walking foot. Below, the dual feed line is on the left and the walking foot line is on the right.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Ok, here it goes. I.Was.Wrong. Yep, the dual feed did an amazing job! And not so much the walking foot. I will say once I saw how good the dual feed was doing, I didn’t spend a ton of time tweaking my settings to try to make the walking foot look as good (messing with pressure foot settings and such).

*** Update *** This morning I spent some time testing settings again with the walking foot. With the right settings, the walking foot worked great, just as nicely as the dual feed. Below is a photo and the settings I used.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Fabric and batting: Art Gallery Pure Elements Solid / Quilter’s Dream Cotton Request Loft
Dual Feed: Stitch Length 3.0 / Foot 1D / Foot Pressure -10
Walking Foot: Stitch Length 3.0 / Bernina Walking Foot / Foot Pressure 55

You can see the main difference is the pressure foot settings. I decreased it significantly from the default setting of 50 for quilting with the dual feed. I increased it just slightly for the walking foot. (This will depend on your type of fabric and batting. I use a very low loft batting.)

So there you go! Now I have the option of using both the walking foot AND the dual feed – I just need to check and double check my settings before getting started.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I’m going to spend much of today continuing with my straight lines. Over and over again. It always takes longer than I remembered, but it’s turning out great!

April 29, 2014   40 Comments