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Up to this point I’ve quilted all of my own quilts on my domestic machine at home. (That’s close to 70 quilts, friends!) I actually had dreams of becoming an expert free-motion quilter on my little machine, but, well, that’s still far off from reality. And if you’re not free motion quilting, you’re using a walking foot. I soon got bored, (really, really bored) with the same, old, straight line quilting. On one hand, it is nice, clean, and dependable, sure, but it lacked the pizazz I was seeing online of all the fancy, beautiful things that could get quilted on a longarm.
I bought a copy of WALK by Jacquie Gering on a whim, after flipping through it at Joann Fabrics one day and being mesmerized with the designs. Surely this was too good to be true. I could quilt beautiful, intricate designs on my domestic machine with a walking foot? Sorcery.
It turned out to be less of a case of magic spells and more of careful planning and marking on a quilt, but YES! You can do amazing things on your domestic machine! I recommend WALK to anyone and everyone who wants to try something new with their walking foot. Jacquie talks you through step-by-step how to prep your machine for quilting to achieve the best results, and how to do so many beautiful designs! There’s tons of helpful diagrams and pictures to assist you along the way. And curves! A whole two chapters on doing curves with your walking foot!
The feedback I’ve heard from other people which I would agree with, is that by far the most tedious part of the whole process is marking your quilt for the point-to-point designs (which are my favorites in the book). Even if you start with a simple patchwork quilt, there’s quite a bit of marking involved to achieve the desired results. I have two little cheats for that!
The first, is with some designs, instead of marking, consider using a grid or gingham backing, and quilting the quilt from the back. I’ve done this twice with the boxy orange peel motif in the book and both times it worked out beautifully! You have to be extra careful when basting your quilt to ensure that your top is lined up with your backing, but once that is done you’re all set to quilt. I want to try this technique using a gingham fabric next, it would make such a fun backing!
The second trick is to use masking or painter’s tape to mark your points. When the design requires points marked 1″ from the corner, for example, you can use small pieces of 1″ tape on your quilt instead. The benefit of the tape is not having to wash out any marks afterwards, and you can reuse them several times before they no longer stick. I found this to be a lot faster than pulling out my ruler to mark 1″ lines on every intersection.
I’ve quilted so many quilts using this book already, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. The results never cease to amaze me, and they really add an extra level of dimension to a finished quilt. Jacquie has rumored there might be a WALK 2 in the works, so I’m crossing all my fingers and toes!
WALK is available on Amazon. Happy Quilting!