I recently had to sew up a sample quilt for Makower. It was designed by Kathy Hall using a new range of fabrics, Trinkets. The quilt measures 94″ (2.40 metres) square so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to such a large project. It also has 12 borders and over half of them are pieced!!! Could I be that accurate sewing that the construction was smooth and the quilt top would lie flat? I have a Bernina 780 and I was keen to see how much easier the extra throat space would make the job of sewing, and especially quilting, such a large piece of work. I am so impressed with my machine. Using the dual feed and foot #97D the quilt went together like a dream.
I would like to pass on tip on how I sewed all those Square-in-a-Square Blocks without having to mark the diagonal line on all those pieces of fabric. I place a strip of masking tape on the table to guide my line of sewing. Use a rotary ruler lined up with the needle to determine the placement. When sewing keep the exit point on the edge of the masking tape and you will have sewn a perfect diagonal seam. I also used the tape when I was joining all the binding strips with mitred seams.
There was a lot of chain sewing needed. This saves time and thread.
Having got the quilt top completed, I spray basted the layers together and started quilting using the walking foot by sewing in the ditch wherever possible to stabilize the quilt. My sewing machine is set into my sewing table and to help support the weight of any large project I pull out the stack of plastic storage boxes from under the table to create an extended table area.
I was so impressed with how I was able to cope with so much bulk while free machine quilting – all thanks to the extra throat space on the Bernina 780.
Love, love, love my Bernina. The pattern for this quilt is available here.