Time to machine stitch my commission quilt for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. My first step in machine quilting any piece is to remove it from the release paper. (The entire quilt top is created on this paper.) The top is placed onto the non-scrim side of the batting and a backing fabric.
A dry cloth is placed on the quilt top to protect it from those nasty irons. Then the top is steamed to the non-scrim side of the batting. This sets the glue and everything bonds like mother to child.
Free-motion stitching begins in the center of the quilt, the sky area. After dropping the feed dogs on the machine, I take a breath and hum a tune. I’ll stitch my way from the center out to the edges of the quilt so nothing shifts and I can press it flat as I go.
Free-motion stitching is like drawing with a pencil on paper. Only you move the fabric (think paper) rather than the needle (think pencil). Here you see cloud shapes stitched across the sky. There’s more machine work tomorrow. Please join me.