|The closet doors are useful.|
|Sewing very close to the edge of the quilt sandwich.|
|Quilt, then trim the edge that will be sewn onto next.|
Now about this free-motion quilting I did. The loop-in-a-loop design was a complete experiment, and I'm very much a beginner. I would have done something different if I hadn't noticed too late that all my loop-in-a-loop designs looked like a bunch of pimiento olives. Jane said the design might drive her to drink!
Now for adding the next strip. As you know, quilting pulls up the fabric so that it seems shorter than when you started. I had to allow for this and make sure my next pieces, particularly the backing, were the same length as the first strip before it was quilted.
I pinned the new top strip to the top, and the new backing strip to the back.
|The pinned layers.|
|This is the backing after it's been stitched and pressed.|
IMPORTANT: Your machine WILL stretch the batting. You can't let this happen. Or, let's say you can, but if you do, you will be unstitching and doing it over. I've forgotten this more times than I want to admit, but fortunately for me, ripping out these stitches is easy, and the extra threads handing around don't have to be removed. PREVENT the stretching by pushing the batting toward the needle as you stitch. Be very stubborn about this. Make it look like it's almost going to be gathering the batting. When you're done, everything will lie flat. This is a lot easier to do than I make it sound, and is actually one of my favorite things to do.
|The finished "walking" zig zag.|
After the batting is attached, I folded the top and backing back over the batting and smoothed it down, pinning the backing near the seam. I turned it over and smoothed the top, pinning it near the raw edge. I turned it over again, and smoothed from the back, repinning as needed. It always amazes me how much smoothing needs to be done, but I make sure my last smoothing is done on the top side. I always think there will be loose fabric that might cause little tucks, but I've never had it happen.
|Backing smoothed and pinned near seam.|
|Top smoothed and pinned near raw edge.|
|Smoothing the backing again, moving front pins as needed.|
|The quilting blends across the seam line, which runs from top to bottom in this photo.|
|The finished Rescue quilt|
|The finished back.|