My quilt ‘Snowmen Gathering’ – first blog post about this quilt was on November 16th – is ready to be sandwiched.
The corners are mitered: it is important to add both borders, sewing NOT further than the exact corner and stopping before touching the seam allowances. This is to be able to make a Y-seam, which is the corner of a mitered piece.
It is really important to cut OUTWARD, beyond the seam allowance of the mitered pieces. Sometimes quilters cut on the inside by mistake, discovering they have placed their quilt ruler the wrong way. Making sure and checking before cutting!
Making the sandwich.
After adding borders to the center, and finishing the mitered corners, the top is placed on 100% bamboo batting and a backing fabric. Because I want no starts/finish endings from threads visible, I am often working with a thin ecru backing, which is the first/temporary backing to quilt. After the most part of the quilting, I will add a beautiful backing fabric, and finish some quilting details to attach this fabric to the rest. I have used Flower Pins to secure the layers.
Extra table for quilting.
Because this is a medium size quilt, but still a bit large, I have placed an extra table to the left of table/machine, to prevent the quilt falling off and ruining my quilting stitches. The weight of such a quilt pulls the quilt down, when a large piece is on the left of the machine.
Using my BSR on the BERNINA 770QE, feed dogs down and happy to quilt…
I am using different weights of machine quilting thread, changing needles often. For regular machine quilting thread, I have used a Topstitch 90/14 needle, but for working with the thicker GlaMore metallic thread, I have used a Topstitch 100/16. op de machine.
Details which have to stand out more, are made with the thicker GlaMore threads: I love the difference between regular machine quilting threads and the GlaMore. Even with the last mentioned thread, I have quilted back and forth to make the quilting stand out even more. Working slowly, to prevent thread breakage, is essential. Let the machine do its work!
The rest will be quilted too: sky with crystals, and the borders. I will show you this in the next BERNINA Blog post: see you then!
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