Welcome back for my next installment in the Paper Ladies how to's.
Now that you have your Paper Lady ironed in place, and your embroidery lines transferred, it is time to start quilting.
To use this method successfully, you need to keep the batting square on the back of your work.It makes your stitching look so much better than just the fabric alone because it pulls the threads into the fabric deeper instead of just lying on top.
If you are worried about your batting square moving around, use some basting spray to keep it in place. I skip this step these days, I have done this so many times that I am comfortable working without the spray. The size of this project makes it pretty easy to manage without it in my opinion. The spray also tends to leave a sticky residue on the needle. Clean your needle often if you choose to use it.
Most sewing machines come standard with a darning foot. If you don't have one, you need to get one to continue using this method.Your machine should also have a button to drop the feed dogs, which you will need to do.
This is basically free motion quilting. If you are uncomfortable with this method, practice on a scrap piece first... batting, fabric, and fused applique until you feel confident to stitch your lady.
With the feed dogs down, and the darning foot on.... take one stitch and pull up the bottom thread onto the top of your work. This will keep the threads from knotting up on the back.
Using a free motion method, stitch a straight seam around the edge of your applique with matching thread. Tie off your threads by pulling them to the back with a needle and tying them in a square knot on the back of your work before cutting.
Closely match the threads to the applique fabrics. I think I have every thread company represented here! LOL...If your fabric is a multi-colored print, stitch the edge with the color of thread that matches the background color of the fabric. The closer the thread matches, the less likely you will draw attention to your seam.
If you absolutely hate embroidery, you can always stitch the lines with the machine as shown above. I stitched this line on her coat because I wanted the sleeve line to match the edge line of the rest of the coat. This is why you transfer the embroidery lines before you start quilting so that you can make these decisions as you go.
These gardening gloves with palms dipped in silicone are invaluable when free motion quilting with your machine, They allow you to have a firm grip on your fabric because the whole palm of your hand grips the fabric. I have purchased many quilting gloves, but none of them are as good as the gardening gloves. They really help you to move the fabric around without as much effort allowing you much needed control of your project. (Most come with grey silicone....but I could only find the black ones the last time I went shopping for them.)
At this point I have stitched all around my appliques, they are secured to the background and ready for embroidery accents, which in my opinion is the cherry on top. I plan to embroider her gloves and boot socks with the mohair floss... we will see how it goes! I love my little Stick with me from Madame Samm and my Qsnap frames from Yarn Tree... they are perfectly suited for embroidering this project.
Please stop by again to see how I finish up this design and get it ready for piecing into my quilt design.