Remember this quilt?:
This quilt lived on my design wall for many months last year, and I am so excited to finally quilt it! I thought I would film some of the steps of custom quilting to give you an idea of the process.
First, the details:
Pattern: Lucky Charms by Pat Sloan
Batting: Quilter's Dream cotton, select weight
Quilter's Dream wool
The quilting, part1:
The thread: InvisiFil, 100 weight polyester from WonderFil
The needle: Size 14, because the thread is really fine
After layering the backing, cotton batting, wool batting, and the top, I basted the edges of the quilt and began to stitch-in-the-ditch. On a longarm machine, this involves using a ruler and a ruler base. I chose to use the Handi Quilter Mini Scallop Ruler for the stitch-in-the-ditch because the ruler is a nice size (8x3 inches) and has little stoppers at each end. These stoppers help line the needle up with the ditch and also make sure that I won't quilt off the end of my ruler.
I stabilized the entire quilt by stitching-in-the-ditch around each border and around the edge of the center block.
Next week I can begin to add decorative quilting!