Quilting Circles With a Walking FootYou will need:
- A round shape to trace (I am using bowls)
- A marking tool of your choice (I am using a Frixion Pen)
- Walking foot
- Scissors, thread, iron...the regular stuff
Prepare your project. In this example I am Quilting As You Go some on Patchwork Wheel Blocks. I am addicted to QYAG and have done a little tutorial on that which you can find here and here. Quilting circles is a great option for QYAG since you have to be able to move your block around continuously. So small projects are good!
Chose a round household item to suit the size of circles that you want. I really wanted to emphasize the wheel in the blocks, so chose to do radiating circles. I was looking around the house and spied these bowls:
These were perfect, not too small (smaller circles can be harder to manoeuvre around) and they radiated out perfectly. You could use dinner plates, pie plates, jar tops, whatever suits you! No need to buy fancy rulers for this project :)
Use your tracing tool to trace the circles on to your block. Now, this is the exciting part. I have recently discovered the Pilot Frixion Pen. I don't think these pens were originally designed for fabrics. They are an erasable pen, and when you run your iron over the ink on your fabric, the heat makes it disappear
Next, to the machine you go. Fit your machine with your walking foot, and thread of your choice. Start stitching, following the curve of your traced lines. In this type of work, slow and steady wins the race. The slower you go, the more control you will have as you work your way around.
|note to self - next time dust walking foot before close up photo shoot|
With all of your circles done, head to the ironing board. Simply iron over the stitched lines and the Frixion Pen lines disappear! (I have no stocks in Black & Decker by the way)
|ummmm, right. This is a great close up of my overshoot as I tried to join my circle ends. So lesson learned there, GO SLOW and your ends will join better than mine :) I did get better over time.|
Enjoy your handiwork! You now have a block with quilted circles! I can't wait to put all of my blocks together. I think the effect is going to be great.
I hope you enjoyed this little lesson. I am off to finish my circles on the rest of the blocks!
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