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Lazy Gal Quilts

Sorry for the delay on this post, but really it’s the easiest part: the quilting!  It’s also pretty important.  Without it, the entire quilt is just a bunch of fabric.

I’m not an artistic quilter.  I’m pretty lazy about it.  I look at the quilt and decide what type of quilting is going to highlight the blanket.  Sometimes I quilt on a diagonal.  The Scrappy quilts had a diagonal pattern to it, so quilting on the diagonal helped shove the pattern in your face.  Sometimes I randomly quilt straight lines all over the place.  If the quilt pattern isn’t defined, this is kind of fun.  For the Lazy Gal and other simple patchwork quilts, I like echo quilting.  It helps the simple pattern pop.

I have a walking foot for my machine.  If you plan on quilting, this is a really good investment.  It helps feed the fabric through your machine and keeps it nice and flat.  I’ve always used white thread to quilt with.  I’m lazy like that.  If not, I’d stress over the color.  I’m sure if I made a black quilt, I’d use black.  My goal is to see the quilt and not necessarily the quilting.  The quilting should be a whisper.  Or that little spark that makes you want more.  In my opinion…

Thread your machine.  Test your bobbin tension on some scrap material. Roll your quilt towards the center.  Put the presser foot on the left of the center block.  Quilt!  Gently grab the quilt and put your presser foot now on the right of the same center block.  Quilt.  Move to the next block on the right and continue until you’ve done half the quilt.  Turn the quilt and attack the left side.  Once all the rows have been quilted, you don’t have to be as careful with the quilt.  Start on the columns.  Before you know it, you’ll have a quilted blanket!



  • Robin - I just wanted to let you know that you were my inspiration to make a quilt. I’ve never even sewn before, but right now my quilt is basted and rolled up and ready to quilt. Thanks for your help!October 8, 2013 – 2:19 pmReplyCancel

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