Your quilt top is finished and ready for quilting. All the extra fabric pieces remaining in your charm pack and the pieces left from making your blocks were used to create your backing piece.
Make sure you allow at least 2 ½ inches of your backing to extend on all sides of the quilt top.
I have used a 80%cotton20%polyester wadding in this project.
Lay the backing down first, wrong side up; then the wadding; then the top.
The three layers may be basted with thread or the layers may be pinned together with large safety pins.Once you’ve done that, you are ready to quilt.
I am quilting on my domestic machine and I have used a walking foot for the straight line quilting
and Aurifil 28wt Cotton Mako thread on the top and Aurifil 40wt Cotton Mako in the bobbin.
To make a neat start, with the presser foot raised, bring the bobbin thread to the surface of the quilt. Lower the foot and take a few stitches. Then backstitch for one or two stitches to secure your threads.
A darning foot was used to free motion quilt the pebbles in the appliqué block background.
The Modern Welcome Quilt is the perfect size to try free motion quilting and experiment with some of your machine’s built in stitches for a unique quilted effect.
When your quilting is finished, carefully trim the backing even with the quilt top. The excess backing will be used next month to create your binding.
For more information about Machine Quilting for Beginners check out Cheryl Fall for more tips and tricks.
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