For those of us who love to sew/quilt/embroider/sew garments or all of the above, I have little doubt that we have many projects to keep us busy. I have so many UFO’s that I am ashamed to even count them, let alone tell you how many!
Following the mantra of “Keep calm and sew on” which I have been preaching…….. I finished 3 small quilt UFO’s on the weekends recently …….Sunday sewing bonanza.
I used a charm pack from my “deep” stash and pieced them together randomly to be the size I needed for a coffee table. I sandwiched this and started the quilting a long time back (no, I’m not going to tell how long ago!), but I dug it out last weekend and finished it. YAY!
I completed the ditch quilting using a varigated cotton thread and the Janome ditch quilting foot for Acufeed flex. Please watch this video where I show how I did that.
I also used a brown invisible thread to diagonally cross hatch each block. You can mark diagonal lines on your blocks but I don’t for something small like a charm square. “eyeball” the square from corner to corner and “drive” straight. If you start in one corner and keep going diagonally across the quilts through block after block and then turn and go in another diagonal direction, you will have criss-crossed back & forth and got the whole quilt done in no time. I only had to back track once or twice I think – I just stitched in the ditch to the next square and I was off again. Easy….continuous quilting & less threads to bury. I also used my Acufeed Flex foot and quilting guide bar to stitch 2 rounds of straight stitching in my border. (see pic below)
Lastly, I used the same varigated cotton thread to stitch a satin stitch in the ditch between my charm squares and my border. I used a matching bobbin thread as I had done with the decorative leaf stitch so the back of my quilt is also quite pretty.
You will notice in the video that I mention you can do this same ditch quilting on most of our Janome models – not just on the Janome Continental M7…….good news as there can be no reason that you too cannot complete some patiently waiting UFO’s! All you need is a ditch quilting foot (shown in pics above) and away you go…….happy quilting!
The second part of the video explains how and why to use the NEW Manual Dual feed setting on the Janome Continental M7. If you don’t have this incredible machine – which has already won 2 prestigious awards – I do address on the video how to do decorative stitching with other Janome Acufeed Flex models.