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How to Quilt a Spiral With Your Walking Foot

Created By:

Carolina Oneto

Skill Level: Intermediate

This quilting design is one of my preferred quilting design. Just using your walking foot, this design brings movement and it helps to enhance any focal point on your quilt and the best part is that it is easier than you think!

Janome Supplies Required

SUPPLY LIST

   Sewing machine

   Walking foot or dual feed foot (depending on your sewing machine Model. I use a Janome Memory Craft 6700P with a dual feed foot)

   Quilting ruler

   Any round object that allows you to draw a  5” - 6” diameter circle.

   Erasable pencil

   To practice a mini sandwich (12” square)

   Thread (to practice is good to use a contrasting color thread with your fabric)

Instructions

1.      MARKS. For practicing find the center in your sandwich and there draw your circle wit an erasable pencil. It is important to NOT draw the complete circle, leave it with an open space of about 2”-3” as you see in the picture.



 

I will be using the edge of my foot because as a guide, so there will be 1/2” between my quilting lines, if you want a wider distance, the guide works of your walking foot will allows you to do that.

As the distance between the needle and the edge of my foot is 1/2” (this measure can be different in your own walking foot foot) I mark a line a 1/2” distance from the beginning of my circle (see the picture below) and then join that point with the other end of your circle drawing by hand a slightly curve.

 

 

 

 

 

2. SET UP. Depending on your sewing machine, use your waking foot or dual feed foot. Important set up: use a stitch lenght between 2.8 - 3.0. Set your needle down. Sew slow! This is one of the most important recommendations that I can give you (I like to set my speed in medium so I can’t go faster)

 

 

 

 

3. START QUILTING. Start quilting from the beginning of your spiral. Remember to bring both threads on top.

Quilt exactly on top of your drawing line. GO SLOW. Once your line finish, you will start just using the edge of your foot as a guide to continue quilting the spiral.

 

 

 

 

You will arrive to a part when you can’t continue quilting the spiral (the edge of your sandwich is the limit). When this happen,


to fill the corners of your sandwich just follow the last stitched curve and echo that curve until you fill up all your 4 corners.

 

And that is it! Just practice a little bit and you will be ready to start quilting your own quilts.

Some considerations:

   Start practicing with small quilts, once you gain  confidence and practice you can try bigger projects.

   You can quilt spirals in any place on your quilt! Not just starting in the center.

   You con overlap different spirals! It creates an incredible texture and design.

 

Below I want to show you some examples in my quilts using this design that I love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
KLWash
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
SewSueMe2002
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Jillfmischo
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
plonkar
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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