This post is about how I free-motion quilted my new Tokyo Subway Map quilt on my domestic sewing machine.
Note: The Making the Block post includes a quick summary of what you need to make the block. This is a more in-depth explanation of each item. An introduction to the Stamp Collection block can be found here.
Each block is made with 100 squares a scant 2” x 2” each. I used 50 squares each in 2 color groups (yellow/green and gray). Within each color group, I used 2 squares each of 25 different fabrics. This means that there are 2 of each print in each block, which could make a fun matching game/I Spy quilt for a child.
The following instructions make a couple of references to which hands I used for different parts of the process. I’m right handed. If you’re left-handed, you’ll probably find it easier to do the opposite of what I recommend.
During the past couple of years, I've made several quilts that featured irregularly-sized blocks "floating" on both the quilt front and quilt back. This tutorial describes how I put my quilts together.
Let's start with some examples.
This is my February Quilt, featuring blocks made by members of the Bee-autiful Quilting Bee.
The Billboard Quilt-Along is open to anyone who wants to participate and has no set start or finish date. I’ve compiled a list of posts here.
Today's post includes general machine applique instructions that can be applied to any machine applique project. Please note that the fusible web used in the sample appliques (patchwork letters) makes it unnecessary to pin the appliques in place. If you're working with appliques that don't include fusible web (for instance, Dresden Plates) you will want to pin your applique shapes in place before attempting to sew them down.
Now that your letters have been fused to the block bases, it's time to finish the raw edges by stitching around each letter using some form of a zigzag stitch. The idea is to encase the raw edges in stitches by sewing one half of your stitches (the left side in the above photo) through all layers, just inside the edge of your applique shape, and the other half (the right side in the above photo) through just the background fabric, just outside the applique shape.