June 6, 2012 by Amie M
I needed 81 5″ squares. The shopgirl at Greenwood Quiltery helped me out and recommended getting 6″ cuts of 12 fabrics. I ended up only using 11 of the fabrics, and had 9 squares leftover. I also needed 3 yards backing, 3/4 spacing fabric and 5/8 of binding fabrics. Oh and the quilt batting. And thread. Lots of thread.
I started out by cutting the 6″ wide strips into 5″ x 5″ squares.
Then I took the 3/4 yard of spacing fabric and cut it into 2 1/2″ strips. I sewed the vertical spacers first to make the horizontal rows, then added the horizontal spacing to bring it all together vertically. Make sense?
With the recommendations from here, I laid the backing out on the floor, good side down and taped it. I pressed the quilt top to the batting and rolled it to transfer onto the backing. With some careful maneuvering the batting and top lined up with the backing. I had a lot of extra backing!
Then using The Painters Tape Method for even spacing, I quilted the layers together, sans walking foot. I trusted my pinning job to keep it stable. That didn’t work and ended up with my stitches being too tight and too small. Stitch ripping those nasties out!
With some consulting from a quilting friend (and hoping Auntie Teresa or Auntie DeeDee read this) I am going to take another crack at it tonight. I do not want to buy a walking foot just yet, because I know it can be done without it. But if the Aunties tell me to, I will go for it.
Anyone out there have tips on how to quilt sans walking foot? I’ve tried YouTube, general Craftster forum searches and Google. Nada. Comments all say it can be done, but give no assistance on how to do it.