This is the 5th Installment in the 100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along! All of the posts can be found here:
July 19: Materials + Cutting Instructions
July 26: Foundation Piecing the Blocks
August 9: Assembling the Quilt Top
August 16: Quilting Tips
August 23: Quilting Tips from a Pro: Guest Post by Angela Walters
Today: Finishing the quilt
So, if you are like me, how do you move past that “hanging on a hanger in the basement for X number of months” stage? (Besides sending them out to have someone else quilt them!) Any tips out there? Here are some that work for me:
Deadlines: Having a deadline helps cut the procrastination: i.e. someone is having a baby, I am hosting a Quilt Along, or I’m driving to Great Falls National Park this week and wouldn’t it be cool to take a quilt picture or two there?
But back to the question at hand: Tips for the actual quilting of the quilt…
Inspiration Galleries: It is simple to start a gallery of favorites on Flickr, or start a favorite quilting ideas board on Pinterest. Wow. There is some serious talent out there! When I’m stumped at what type of design I should use, or want to try something new, I browse my galleries.
Online Tutorials: There are some really easy to follow online tutorials for a variety of quilting patterns and styles. I wrote an entire post on it last year. Check it out!
Consult the experts: There are beautiful blogs and books devoting to the actual quilting of the quilt. Angela’s Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters changed my life. No joke. I have bought three copies of the book so far. I prop it open next to me when I sew. I have actually ENJOYED quilting quilts lately, and I have been doing a ton of it. I hate stippling, and just assumed I wouldn’t care for free motion quilting of any sort. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, and it’s so much easier to wrangle quilts with my machine using the more intricate design. [Not a staged photo. I actually propped the book open to the flower section when I was sewing. My flowers need... work.]
Stay loose: Take a break every half hour. Put on a movie you have seen a million times or your favorite music. Wear gloves (I love my Grabaroo’s Gloves …worth every penny and so much better than gardening gloves).