Pattern, Pillowcases & Quilt


I need to get moving on some things.  Sometimes it seems like little gets done.  After I finished the Joseph’s Coat quilt I said I might do up some pillowcases to look better on the bed than the ivory I normally have and hadn’t gotten around to it.  I don’t have much fabric leftover from most of the colors in the quilt as a lot of it was fat quarters.  I bought two black pillowcases and I put some fabric strips together and I am adding them to the cases – one down one to go – I will show them when complete but for now a teaser –


I dug through the box of quilt tops that need to be quilted to see if any of them could be used for machine quilting practice.  This one that I picked out is 65 x 76 inches about as big as I would want to try – it is simple squares in squares.  I figure if I do the straight lines for all the rows first then I can go back and do the squares in the squares – sounds simple Smile but will it be!  The fabric next to it – that crazy print – is the backing fabric.  I am just doing straight lines – I’ll let you all know how it goes – I am determined to get caught up one day!!  I will save queen size for hand quilting and smaller ones that I want to be more of an heirloom quality.  These in between sizes can be practice – I am doing straight lines well enough that they will be used, just wouldn’t be anything really special.  Black thread is what I am thinking will be used.  What length stitch do most of you use for straight line machine quilting? I wonder if I set mine too small.


Of course a new pattern here as well – I saw this last week from the American Quilters Society and just had to have this one – I ordered the pattern set (also can be had as a BOM) I have no idea when I will start it – this one will be slow going – very detail work – some can be done embellishing with fabric pens.  This is wall hanging size 46 x 51 but such detail it will take me awhile, I really am not sure when I will start it.


Here in Arkansas we will be near 70 degrees once again as it was yesterday and maybe for the next 2 or 3 days! where is winter – well usually happens in January – we will enjoy the warmer weather while it is here – windows are open this morning already!!

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13 comments… add one
  • Debbie Dec 2, 2012

    I love the new pattern! Haven’t seen this one. I do go with a larger stitch length for quilting designs…it’s been so long since I’ve quilted I forgot what length! I remember when you put that red, white and black quilt together. A simple quilt design will be perfect.
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  • Kim Dec 2, 2012

    I usually increase my stitch length to 4.0 on my brother machine. Used that on the babyloc also.

    I love the top and backing. Oh and the new pattern… wow. that is gonna be gorgeous.

    Can’t wait to see the bed with the new pillowcases along with the quilt!
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  • glen in louisiana Dec 2, 2012

    The farmers almanac says we will have a mild winter in our area of LA and AR. So enjoy it, we can have some bad ones! LOL.

    I do about a 3.5 on my Viking and about the same on my cheap brother I use to take places so I don’t have to carry the expensive machine everywhere.

    Your new quilt will be breathtaking!

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  • Brooxie Dec 2, 2012

    What a gorgeous wall hanging! I want to be like you when I grow up. 🙂

  • Marianne Dec 2, 2012

    I use the default stitch on my machine (2.5 on the Viking) after taking a machine quilting class on Craftsy. She said that if you get up and down and turn your machine off and on a lot during the process of quilting, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to increase or decrease in your next session. And if you plan to machine wash/dry the quilt, it will be better to have stitches a little smaller and also to backstitch at the beginning/end of each line of stitching.

    Oh, I love that Audubon quilt! Don’t know if I’d have the patience to work through it, though.

  • Wanda Dec 2, 2012

    I use a 3.0 most of the time, 3.5 with heavier thread. 2.5 is too small and will make the quilt stiffer. The longer the stitch, the softer the quilt will feel.
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  • Doreen Dec 2, 2012

    I use the ‘3’ setting (Juki)…maybe a little longer if I don’t like the look. Rarely shorter…they kinda disappear then. Walking foot a must, of course!! Those pillow cases will be the perfect finish! Love this weather. Mid 40’s here…..ok by me!!!! Off to local quilt group Christmas gathering……..bye……
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  • Pip Dec 2, 2012

    Love the colours you are using on the pillow cases, very striking. I use about 2.60 stitch length on my Janome Horizon for straight line machine quilting, the default length is 2.20.
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  • audrey Dec 2, 2012

    I really like your practice quilt. So simple, yet the colors and fabric make it fun.:)

  • Heather Dec 2, 2012

    OH wow you bought that new pattern, I saw that on their site and I was so so tempted to buy it as well. I really wanted to see what it looked like up close, and what the details looked like, I can’t find anything that has up close pictures. are the birds and stuff appliqued on or paper pieced. I still might buy it.

  • jmniffer Dec 2, 2012

    I use 3.0 on my Janome 6600P. I’ve done smaller length, but it finished too stiff for me. Your new pattern looks amazing. Hard to believe that can be done with fabric and thread.

  • Vivian Dec 2, 2012

    I really like the top and the backing. It works together just great. I simply adore the new pattern your purchased. I may have to check it out.
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  • Penny Dec 3, 2012

    Karen, I have a Janome Horizon and use 2.6 also. I have had several people tell me 4.5, 3.5, and 2.8, so I guessed it was up to me to decide what I liked. I don’t like the look of the larger stitches so settled for what was pleasing to me. The quilts have not turned out stiff. When you FMQ with a darning foot then you aim for a regular stitch length but with small motifs you need a slightly smaller length again to be able to sew curves. Good luck, but remember a walking foot is to walk not run. The pillowcases will compliment the quilt beautifully.

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