Welcome back to the quilt along. If you’re just joining in now, you can find the previous posts here:
Janome Quilt Along! – Introduction including supply list
Janome Quilt Along 2022 – Part 1 – Making the Checkerboard blocks
Today we are going to quilt the Checkboard blocks. All three blocks will be quilted the same way but using three different methods: Walking Foot Quilting, Free Motion Quilting, and Ruler Work Quilting.
Did you know that any quilting design that was created to use for Walking Foot Quilting can also be used for Free Motion Quilting, or Ruler Work Quilting? As a matter of fact a Walking Foot Quilting Design is so versatile it can be executed with hand quilting or on a longarm as well.
This does not necessarily work in reverse though. A design created for Free Motion cannot always be accomplished with the Walking Foot or with Rulers. A design created for Ruler Work cannot always be adapted for the Walking Foot, although it can be mimicked with Free Motion Quilting.
I decided to quilt the Checkboard blocks with an Orange Peel quilting design.
The seams and intersections of the patchwork are our guides for the quilting design.
Regardless of which method you are using, start quilting in the middle of the quilt and work your way towards the edges from there. The diagram shows where you will start quilting.
Make sure to watch the video and download the PDF for more information.
Walking Foot Quilting
You will need a Walking Foot for this method. A Walking Foot may also be known as Even Feed Foot. Janome also has the AcuFeed and AcuFeed Flex dual feed presser foot.
I used the Janome AcuFeed Flex Foot with the Open Toe (UD) attachment on my Janome MC 6700P.
Free Motion Quilting
There are several types of Free Motion Quilting Feet. I would encourage you to try any you have and see what you like best. You can also visit your local Janome dealer to test drive others to find the one that works for you.
I used the (QO) Open Toe Free Motion Foot on my Janome MC 9450QCP along with the Janome Low Tension/ Blue Dot Bobbin Holder, which eliminate eyelashing on the back.
Ruler Work Quilting
Ruler Work is a type of free motion quilting but you are being guided by the edge of a ruler.
Keeping my Janome Low Tension/ Blue Dot Bobbin holder in my machine, I changed my foot to the Ruler Work Foot (QR). I used the Janome 6″ Sew Comfortable Half Circle Template.
(Janome has a Ruler Foot for almost every machine, so double-check with your dealer to get the correct one)