Layering and Quilting

Have you finished your snowball blocks?  Maybe you have already sewed your blocks together into a square mat or a rectangular runner so now let’s quilt it.

Cut a piece of batting and a backing a few inches bigger than your quilt top.


Layer the 3 pieces for quilting.  You might be interested to know that I use basting spray – very lightly.


I used off white thread in my Bernina, my quilting foot and a longer stitch length and of course I’m going to quilt in uneven “straight” lines.  


I showed the back side so you could see the total number of lines quilted.  It took me about 10 minutes.  Tonight I will bind it.  Here is Cindie’s dark blue mat with several pieces of Country Threads fabric included – now that dates her stash!


Answers to questions:  yes, that was Faye in the picture behind Emma.  She was into the 3rd day of not eating but she finally ate at lunch.  The chicks are in a larger pen but still in the barn because they aren’t smart enough to go outside yet.  They are eating “big chicken” feed along with their chick feed and some of the Turkens are really getting big.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you what you will need to have ready on Monday if you want to start your rug.

13 thoughts on “Layering and Quilting

  1. Julianna

    Mary, interesting that you started quilting on the right margin. I’ve always been told to start in the middle and work back and forth so your 3 pieces stay together nicely. Does your fabric “dance” to the right or left at all? I don’t know now, as I type this I’m wondering how it would move as long as you have an entire row stitched. Maybe I’ve been believing too much without experimenting HA! I’d still like the expert’s advice tho.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Julianna – I think it all stays put because of the basting spray and this is such a small project. I’d be much more careful with a bigger quilt.

  2. Beth L.

    Love what you are doing. I did get my fabric cut today. I hope to sew them together tomorrow. Life keeps interfering with my fun.

  3. Loris Mills

    Love the fabrics you are using.
    fyi…the photos are distorted on my computer and on my iPad….except in this post, the last photo looks normal on both of those devices. Good luck figuring this out, it’s kind of crazy! I still love seeing the pics and reading your posts either way 🙂

  4. Jeanine

    Mine are the same as what Loris posted above. The last picture looks normal, but the others distorted. Love you mat. Mine is ready to sew together, but life is interfering with me, too, so will have to finish later.

  5. Bev

    Photos still distort. Try reducing the size of the photo to around 600×700 or somewhere around there. When I double click on your photos, they are fine and take up the whole screen of my iPad.
    Just a suggestion.
    I have about 6 projects on the go so will wait on taking on more but that snowball block is calling me.

  6. Kathy Schwartz

    The snowball is really nice. I also have a Bernia. I have been using the walking foot to do straight line stitching. I think yours looks more even and(much) nicer than mine. With your vast knowledge, do you recommend the quilting foot? What is the number of the foot? Several members of my quilt club also use ecru thread. It seems to “blend in” the best. Thanks for sharing.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – I’m sorry – I really mean the walking foot. I guess the quilting foot means that 1/4″ foot – no, I do not use that foot ever. The walking foot, the even feed foot – this is the foot I quilt with. Sorry for the confusion.

      1. Kathy Schwartz

        Thanks for the info. I like your new “goats.” All photos are now very clear. Have a good day and keep up your great projects. I have covered my “waiting to go into the garden plants” tonight, as I did last night. When will the heat come? Way to cold here in Slayton, MN for this time of year. We are waiting for the heat so the corn and beans comes up.

  7. Carol

    I know it is personal preference but what stitch length do you usually use? My pictures are still distorted, elongated but I don’t care I can still figure out what you are trying to show us. Isn’t technology frustrating!! That must be why I love quilting, it only takes a straight stitch and no fancy sewing machine ran by a computer, even an antique machine that can only do a straight stitch works just fine for our hobby.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – on my Bernina, it’s almost at 4 and I consider 5 to be basting length.

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