A spiral is a fun all-over design that is done with a walking foot, but there is no need to limit yourself to a circle. Any simple shape can be “spiralized”. Once your quilt sandwich is basted, you are ready to go.
To begin, choose a simple shape. I have chosen a rectangle. Don’t try complex shapes with curves and points (like hearts or flowers) as a first project. Draw the shape with a marking pen or chalk marker. I am tracing my pin container to get a rectangle.
When you need a quilt design that is fast and fun, spiral quilting is the answer. Once you get started, it goes quickly and easily. If you want to do this on a large quilt, be sure you have a very large work area because as you can imagine, you are turning the quilt a lot. For your first time, try a smaller quilt. I am assuming that your quilt is prepared and basted using your favourite methods. I recommend spray basting for this, since once you start, you are sewing continuously and you don’t want to stop for pins. [Read more…] about Spiral quilting tutorial
Matchstick quilting is a fun design as long as you keep a few key things in mind:
- Stock up on thread
- Be prepared to spend a lot of time sewing long straight lines.