This is making me very nervous. I pieced the backing for Mountain Majesties using some vintage red, white and blue bunting fabric. It’s pretty thin and I’m afraid it will tear if I stretch it too tightly on the longarm machine.
I hope I don’t regret this choice of backing. I said I’d explain straight line quilting while I worked on this quilt. I would not be able to do this on my Bernina – it’s just too big but I know many people have quilted large quilts on their home machines.
At the beginning edge I like to put in several lines of stitching and then I take out those pins along the edge. These lines of stitching are not necessarily perfectly straight. And I don’t want to stitch too closely because the quilt will be stiff and hard so I’m only stitching 5 lines across a 7-1/2″ inch block.
When I start stitching on the left side of the quilt, I simply hold the machine handles and walk slowly to my right. If I walk too fast, the stitches will be too long. If I walk too slow, the stitches will be tiny so I try to set a medium pace based on the stitch length.
Here’s another close-up.
I plan to work on this again tomorrow and will TRY to answer your questions while I’m in the process. Remember that this is being stitched on a longarm machine. I can’t tell you how to do this on your home machine – you’ll just have to try it on your own and remember practice makes perfect.