At long last, we get to the quilting of the quilt! That's what gives
your creation its puffy magic.
The thing to watch out for here is keeping your layers from shifting
around as you're stitching. Those nifty curved safety pins will help,
but it's also important to use a presser foot that won't push things out
I'm going to be meandering across the quilt with random squiggly
stitches, so I'm using this freemotion foot and dropping the feed dogs
so I can move the quilt any which way I want.
If you're going to be
quilting in straight lines instead, a "walking foot" can make things way
easier by feeding all your layers through the machine at the same rate.
You'll see our version of this later in the tutorial, when we do the
If you're new to using these feet, it's a good idea to consult your
machine's manual to make sure you understand how to use this foot for
quilting -- and do a practice run a scrap "sandwich" of fabric with
batting in the middle, to make sure
everything is running smoothly before you stitch the real thing.