Walking Foot Quilting for My Beads/Chandelier Quilt

In my last post, I shared my progress on my Beads or Chandelier quilt, along with a free pattern from Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics. Today, I plan to share with you how I’m machine quilting my quilt on my home sewing machine with a walking foot.

I spray basted my quilt sandwich with 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive (affiliate link) to make sure my layers were completely secure, and wouldn’t slip around while I was quilting.

I like 505 best of all the basting sprays I’ve tested – it has a focused spray instead of a mist, and is odorless, colorless, and acid free, with no harmful CFCs. I press my quilt sandwich with a hot, dry iron to make sure the layers are completely dry – which ensures that it will not gum my sewing needle.

The first thing I did was create a symmetrical square grid across the pieced blocks of the quilt using the large squares as my guide. My horizontal and vertical quilting lines crossed in the center of each large square.

Quilting by Beth Ann Williams in-progress – Step 1.

Then I used a child’s dinner plate to mark my quilt for continuous curve quilting.

Quilting by Beth Ann Williams in-progress – Step 2.

I really loved the secondary pattern created across the large square when I marked my curves in both directions.

Quilting by Beth Ann Williams in-progress – Step 2, continued.

I used the “Misty Morn” lavender variegated Fantastico 40wt poly thread from Superior Threads as my top thread and white 60wt Bottom Line thread from Superior Threads in my bobbin. (These are affiliate links.)

Here’s a peek at the quilt after I finished quilting, binding, and washing the quilt.

Walking foot quilting by Beth Ann Williams, shown after washing the completed quilt.

And here is a peek at the back:

Walking foot quilting by Beth Ann Williams, shown after washing the completed quilt – back side of the quilt.

UPDATE on April 16, 2024:

John and I were finally able to take advantage of a nice sunny day to get a full outdoor photo of the quilt – Yay! (#quilts with feet)

I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

Happy Quilting!

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Beth Ann

When health challenges made hand-sewing (and hand appliqué and hand-quilting) no longer physically viable for her, Beth Ann’s first instinct was dismay and discouragement. But Grandma Baldwin gave her a loving (but stern!) “No pity parties – just figure out a different way.” So Beth Ann turned to her trusty sewing machine and began devising ways to achieve the fine quality appliqué look she craved faster and easier than she ever thought possible. And a career was born! Now Beth Ann enjoys sharing her accessible “invisible” machine appliqué and creative machine quilting techniques with other quilters and fiber artists around the world.

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