Monday, January 13, 2014

Wonky Stars Spiraling Out of Control

I've been dying to try spiral machine quilting. There are so many lovely examples on the web. After reading a tutorial or two, I decided to give it a shot with this quilt top that's been been sitting around my sewing room for way too long.

My wonderful sewing machine has one major flaw - the walking foot does not have a quilting bar/guide. Not good for spiral quilting. Actually, not good for straight line quilting, either.

If any of you out there own a Juki 2010Q (or similar Juki), please let me know how you manage this. Did you find a different walking with a guide? Do tell.

Sans guide, I simply eyeballed the spiral. I drew a little circle with a fabric marking pencil as a starting point and went for it. All the tutorials say to start very slowly. They aren't kidding. 

Here's the finished product. Wonky spirals to go with wonky stars!

The perfectionist in me is going nuts, but the realist says let it go.

Wow, that quilting looks really bad. Funny bad!

At least it's sorta okay from a distance...

Practice makes perfect, right?

Happy sewing,


  1. I love it! I'm working on something similar hand quilting and I can't get my marking to be anything other than wonky. I love yours though.

  2. The first picture doesn't look bad at all. It seems like that would be hard. I don't have a guide on mine either but I just do everything the width of my foot away. That would take forever for this. I recently did an echo quilting project and 16 bobbins later it was done. I have also tried painters tape before but that wouldn't work with a circle.

  3. I use a bar from my other machine and attach it to the back of my Juki walking foot with painters tape. It's not perfect but it works!

  4. I think you did a great job! I love the look of spirals on a quilt. The 'imperfection' gives it charm and character. ;-).

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