For this part, you will need:
- your finished quilt top
- backing fabric
- basting pins
- rotary cutter and ruler
- sewing machine and thread to quilt with (you might choose a particular colour)
- walking foot (optional)
I used a scrappy piece of batting, so the first thing I did was to trim up my batting using my quilt top as a guide. I left an extra half inch all around the side.
Get your machine set up and set on a straight stitch. I like to quilt on a slightly longer stitch that I piece with. I piece using a 2.5-2.8 length stitch, and I quilt using about a 3.2 length stitch. If you have a walking foot, great, but if not, that is fine - I made my entire first quilt using my regular presser foot. You might get a few little pinches near seams, but don't worry.
I quilted straight lines down either side of every seam. I used my presser foot as the guide so I would achieve the same distance between the seam and stitching across the whole mat.
Once you've stitched your quilting lines, your mat will look like this:
See you on Friday for the last part - the binding!
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