This is a tutorial, so, yes, it is a very picture-heavy post.
The quilt I'm quilting is Little Miss Gardener, which consists of 6-inch nine patches, snowball blocks, and three borders.
I'm quilting on my vintage Necchi BU Nova in 1919 Singer treadle irons. This technique is so generic that it can be accomplished on most domestic sewing machines with or without tails [tails are sometimes called power cords] or longarm quilting machines.
Captions are beneath the relevant photos, because pictures can speak louder than words.....
Glide in the center of the block....checking from the top to be sure it was more or less centered on the block. We could just as easily have used a round container, cup, glass, but the spools of Glide are so handy.
Important!: At any point during the stitching process, when we stop, we need to be sure the needle is down. It is so very easy for the quilt to shift just a bit, yielding an ugly stitch. With a treadle it is very easy to stop perfectly, but with an electric it's almost as simple to extend our right hand and stop the wheel when the needle is in the fabric.
and then, just before we reach the beginning of our stitching line (about an inch away, although it could
easily be a little further), we stitch to the corner of the triangle and
Easier done than one might suppose.
Jeane says I should be sure to tell you that I do not turn my quilt when I'm stitching these plumes. It may look like it because I used some different angles for the photos, but the orientation of the quilt did not change.
The plumes could just as easily travel in the opposite direction, and on this quilt I have both clockwise and counter-clockwise plumes. You know, I really have trouble getting my feet to go where they need to when I dance, and these little plumes almost convince me that I am dancing!
When you try this, please let me know how it works out for you. If you are not quite ready to try it, you'll find more quilting help on this tutorial. In addition, if you try this and find that some of my instructions lacked clarity, please let me know where the breakdown happens for you so I can attempt to make this clearer and easier.
Oh! Bonus information: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classics bobbins
If you came here looking for my post for Michelle Foster's Blog Hop Party and Give-Away, click this link. (Give-away closes Wednesday, September 5, 2012.)
I'm linking up to Judy Laquidera's Design Wall Monday, despite the fact that it was the bed of my machine, and not a wall, where this design was created.
I'm also linking up to Elizabeth at Pieceful Life's Little Quilt Monday. If you have a little quilt, from tiny to baby quilt size, I'm sure she'd be glad to have you link up too.