Friday, October 21, 2011

Argyle Quilt Along: Finishing the Quilt

It's time to finish this guy up.

Piece all seven sections together as shown:

Unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures of the actual quilt process, but here are a few pointers:

  • I didn't trim any diamond points until after the quilting was complete.
  • You absolutely need a walking foot to quilt this.
  • Spray basting makes quilting this guy so much easier.  This is my third diamond quilt, but the first I've spray basted.  I had much greater success quilting this one evenly.  I had no puckers, and the quilting went much faster than on my other diamond quilts.  I am much happier this time around with the results. 
  • I first quilted lines approximately 1/8" from either side of the seams with a thread matching the main background color.
  • The center argyle quilting is done with a dark brown, heavy topstitching thread.  I used a topstitching needle.  My machine did have tension issues with the topstitching thread.  No matter how I adjusted it I couldn't remedy this.  I do have some small loops and knots on the back due to this.  Despite this I'm still happy I chose the heavier thread.  It gives a nice texture to the front of the quilt.  To quilt these center lines, I used the guide on my walking foot to keep me right in the center of the diamonds.  If you don't have a guide get creative.  Tape a popsicle stick or something else to the back of your walking foot to help guide you.  


Once the quilting is complete, trim the quilt. 

It was more important to me to keep my points than to have a perfectly straight edge.  My points were not exactly inline.  Had I just cut straight along the ruler, my design would have looked uneven.  Instead, I worked from one set of diamonds to the next, trimming 1/4" seam allowance for the binding from the diamond point. 

Bind edges using your desired technique.



  1. It was great to meet you at the guild last night - I featured your beautiful quilt on my blog -

    Take care!

  2. This quilt turned out to be excellent! I had no time to join in as you went but it is on my list to do soon!

  3. This is my new favorite quilt, I think!!! Stunning:)

  4. I thought quilting with the black thread really adds to this quilt. Makes all the colors pop. Nice job.

  5. Oh, I really love this quilt! What a lovely idea, and great color choices.

  6. Katie, I just totally dig this quilt - esp with that black quilting. You are amazing. Also loving your Christmas Tree pillow tute (saw it on Angela's blog). I need to make a few of those myself!!

    You are amazing. And good for you going unplugged for a bit. I totally know what you mean about feeling over saturated sometimes.

    It was great to see you in Oct!