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Simple Wavy Machine Quilting with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes

You are used to sewing so the walking foot is a really easy way of continuing to use that skill while quilting your quilt.

Once you have layered up your quilt (with your favourite method) and chosen your thread (and therefore made sure that you have the right needle in your machine – a quilting one does what it says!), increase your stitch length to 3.0 (as opposed to 2.2 or 2.4 for piecing) and TEST on a spare little sandwich that all is well.

Remember too that you will be seeing the thread that is in the bobbin as this will appear on the back of your quilt – so make sure you are happy with that .

All being well – off you go.

Make sure that the quilt doesn’t get stuck anywhere – if the stitches are getting shorter then this is what is happening;  you might not think so, but your machine does.

Also look out for a bow-wave in front of your walking foot – you want to avoid this and it could mean that you haven’t layered up with enough tension.

In the video Valerie gently moved the fabric from side to side to create a gentle wavy line  – without pre-marking.   Your second line does not need to be parallel – infact it looks better if it isn’t

So cast care to the world and have a go!!!

Simple machine-assisted quilting

The walking foot is brilliant for simple machine-assisted quilting; simply think of the thread you want to use - do you want it to show and therefore be a statement which means you will probably choose a thicker thread;

or do you want to just create texture - which means you would probably choose a thinner thread that tones.

If you would like to make the quilt Valerie talks about - just click here - it's quick & easy!!!

More videos you might enjoy

Do check out the brilliant information given by Dawn Cameron-Dick in her lecture "Learn about Needles and Threads" - click here to watch.

and if you don't know how the walking foot works and/or want to learn more about it Wendy Gardiner is the girl to watch:

How to Fit the Walking Foot

How to Use the Walking Foot

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