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Updated: 2020-03-05 09:09Font Size: LMS

If you’;ve been following along, we are are nearly finished with the Beaded Lanterns quilt along! But not to worry if you are just joining us; scroll to the end of this post for links to all of the previous quilt along posts including the supply list and link to the free pattern. The quilt along posts will stay up indefinitely so you can make this quilt any time you like, at your own pace, and on your own schedule.

This week we will finish quilting beaded lanterns with two fun free-motion designs, “;Cursive L’;s”; and Pebbles. Be sure to check out last week’;s post for the quilting plan for this quilt.

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Before I get into the quilting specificspersonalized teacher signs, here are my top three tips when it comes to free-motion quilting (FMQ):

As I stated in last week’;s post, the easiest way to add custom quilting to a quilt is to visually divide up the areas of your quilt into the background areas and the blocks. You can reference the illustration given in the free pattern on page 7. Quilt a different design in each of the two areas, and you’;ll maintain cohesiveness while adding interest to the quilt. I quilted the background first because it was the same thread color I used to stitch &; echo the ditch.

For free-motion quilting, I’;ve dropped my feed dogs and am using the Free-motion embroidery foot #24 with the open toe for visibility. For beginners, I also recommend the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) because it will help regulate your stitches as you aim for a nice fluid movement with your quilting.

Quilt one background section at a time filling it in with your chosen design. Pebbles look great but are very dense and time consuming to quilt, so I only do them in defined areas (rather than across the entire quilt.) Because I echoed the ditch, this shrunk the area that I needed to fill in with pebbles.

Before you start quilting, sketch your design out on paper with a pen to practice the movement and how you’;ll fill up the area. My best tip is to switch directions of each circle you make, drawing/quilting clockwise and counter clockwise each time. You can backtrack (stitch over a previous line of quilting) to get to the next pebble.

You don’;t need to restitch the entire circle –; only backtrack as far as you need to get to the next one. And don’;t worry if your pebbles look more like stones or jagged rocks. Aim for texture over perfection and it will look fabulous! Once the entire background area has been quilted, it’;s time to quilt the blocks.

I also used free-motion techniques to quilt “;Cursive L’;s”; –; a loopy type design that’;s perfect for filling in different shapes in your quilt. This design can stretch and expand to fill any space without the need for marking. Just make your cursive L’;s wider or narrower as needed and don’;t try to make them look exactly the same. In fact I love the “;hand-crafted”; look of domestic machine quilting with tiny wobbles and imperfections!

I call this design cursive L’;s because it looks like an uppercase or lowercase cursive L, depending on how you quilt it. I’;m using the same color thread throughout the blocks. In some blocks it will stand out more; in others it will blend in.

Here’;s a short video of me quilting a variation of this design on another quilt (Dot ‘;n Dash). In this video (shared recently on Instagram), I’;m quilting two passes of L’;s for a slightly different look. In both cases, I start at the top of each row and work my way down the quilt, pausing with the needle in the down position and shifting the quilt when needed. Can you see the L’;s as I stitch? Click the play button below to view.

Continue to quilt each row of blocks until they are complete. I will usually check the bobbin at the end of each row or two and replace it with a fresh bobbin when it looks like it’;s getting low. Nothing is worse than running out of bobbin in the middle of the quilt which is why I love the extra large bobbin for my B770 QE!

Next week, we will finish up with the binding. I can’;t wait!

Week 1: Supply List Week 2: Making the Blocks Week 3: Sewing the Quilt Top Week 4: Backing and Basting Week 5: Walking Foot Quilting Beaded Lanterns Quilt Pattern (free) List of US shops that carry Fandangle fabric More free patterns from Christa Quilts

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