This week’s post is the one I’ve been waiting for. I think machine quilting is the best part of making a quilt, so I couldn’t wait to get my Vintage Modern jelly roll quilt top finished and basted so I could start the fun! I quilted it using a serpentine stitch with my walking foot.
This gives better results than using different colored threads.
Step 1 – Decorative Ditch Quilting
Quilt along the seam lines in one direction in between your blocks, about 4 inches apart. The first pass took me 30 minutes.
This will secure the quilt and you can remove the pins as you go.
Next, make second pass in between each line of quilting. Now your quilting is about 2 inches apart and the quilt is starting to get some texture! I quilted parallel lines across the quilt. I did not mark any of these lines – I just used the seams as a guide and eyeballed it across the fabric where there was no seam to guide me. This is both liberating and fun!
Step 2 – Adding More Quilting
So I added another line of quilting in between each of the rows above. This was my 3rd pass and now the quilting lines are about 1 inch apart.
This took only another 30 minutes and I can’t believe how fast this is going!
There is still enough room to add another row of quilting and do a fourth pass, so I decided, what the heck?
The fourth pass took 1 1/2 hours because I had now doubled the amount of quilting on the quilt, but I loved every minute of it!
I ended up with quilting lines about 1/2 inch apart over the surface of the quilt. Total quilting time was 3 hours and I used up a full 500 yard spool of Superior Highlights thread.
I love all the texture on the back!
So next week, we will finish our quilts, can you believe it? We will trim them up and bind to finish. I really can’t wait to see how everyone’s quilting turns out. Be sure to email me pictures of your progress, no matter where you are, so I can share with everyone else.
Here is the complete Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt-Along Schedule: