The weekend found me in the mood to work on my machine quilting. I know, it's a Christmas quilt and not in any immediate need of being finished, but it is on my UFO Bucket List. And, I like to rotate between projects, depending on my mood.
|Crimson Tweed. Pattern by Sue Spargo|
For some reason when working on this quilt, I preferred not to use my Bernina Basic Stitch Regulator and instead I used quilting foot #9. I set my stitch length and width at zero and did not lower the feed dogs. With this closed toe foot, I was able to easily stitch very closely to my wool appliqués without the foot getting caught on them.
You will notice that I did not add any quilting to the actual appliqués in this quilt as one might normally do. I decided to "respect the wool" and my hand stitching (love those French knots) and leave the appliqués alone!
|Bernina #9 quilting foot|
|Close up of machine quilting.|
|Yup, more machine quilting.|
I also tackled 2 of the borders and spent quite some time doodling on paper to come up with a design. The hardest part of machine quilting for me is still the design part. With this border stitching plan, I didn't need to double stitch over my blue border ditch quilting at all but instead made my turns in the batting and fabric edge.
|Sketching out quilting design ideas for border.|
|Bottom border quilting.|