My mom asked me if I could demonstrate spiral quilting to her informal fiber arts group. Absolutely I said, why the heck not. I am certainly no expert in any area of quilting and have mucked up a few of her projects, so I feel honored that she would ask me.
I haven’t done a full tutorial here because there are so many resources online but I have provided a little list below to get started. My little secret, which is probably not so secret and really just common sense, is to start your spiral slooooooowly. Take a stitch or two, lift the presser foot and re-position your quilt. Once you are out of those tight curves, quilting becomes much simpler as you start to create gentler curves and the bulk of your piece will move out of the harp space.
I drew up some spiral templates on Adobe Illustrator and have provided them here in PDF form if you would like or you can grab them from below. Make sure there is no scaling when you print the templates off so the lines of the spiral end up 1/2 inch apart. What’s the easiest way to apply the template to your quilt? Print one off, lightly spray with 505 spray adhesive, and give it a whirl (start quilting). You really only have to make it around the spiral once and then can use your guide for 1/2 inch spacing.
Here is a short list of my favorite resources to get you started:
- Crazy Mom Quilts – spiral started with free motion foot
- The Quilting Edge – spiral started with walking foot
- Red Pepper Quilts – squared off (square) spiral quilting
And, Craftsy! This is how I got started. I purchased Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot taught by Jacquie Gering and I have to say it is a fabulous online class. There are lots of tips and tricks to get started quilting with your walking foot!
Here is my latest project using spiral quilting, look at all that crinkly, quilty texture! You get the density of lines quilted 1/2 inch apart with very little marking and hardly any stopping and starting.
Weekly sewing round-up:
- Still big-stitch hand quilting the ugliest quilt, about 1/3 done! I miss my sewing machine A LOT 😦