Quilting HickoryNut Leaves

Before I begin to quilt a project I use 505 spray adhesive to hold all the layers together.

I really like this product. I find it doesn’t gum up my needle or discolor the fabric in anyway.

There are products that do both of those things – DON’T USE THEM – I have and I have been sorry every time I did.

505 spray will hold the project together for an unlimited amount of time, because sometimes you put things aside for awhile, but will wash out the first time you wash the project.

I use a little between the back and the batting and then a nice even spray between the batting and the front. Be sure you put something under the project to catch any extra spray. You don’t want it getting on your ironing surface or carpet.









The first thing I always do is to stitch in the ditch of any project I am working on. It doesn’t matter if it is a fused project or a pieced project. I like the way it makes the quilt look AND it also stabilizes the project. 

I usually like to do this in a heavier weight thread, 30 weight, and I particularly like Madeira 30 weight rayon. It has such a lovely sheen to it. Or Magnifico from Superior threads.















When I finish with each line of quilting I pull both of the threads to either the front or the back of the quilt and tie the 2 together flush against the quilt surface with a square knot. 

Using a self threading needle I bury the threads in the middle of the quilt. 










This finished quilt is being sent off to an auction to help Libby Lehman.

Hickory Nut LeavesYou can read about it here 

On April 30, 2013, Libby Lehman had a ruptured aneurysm in her doctor’s office and she was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she had surgery. Several days later she suffered a stroke and vascular spasms. Her medical bills are mounting and will continue. This auction is to help with Libby’s medical expenses.

When: Friday, August 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ballroom B – DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


One response on “Quilting HickoryNut Leaves

  1. Patricia L Walters

    I really like the quilt you are donating and I am glad you are helping Libby with her bills. I have been donating too but money as yet. I do not have enough quilts finished that I can donate. One is close. Will keep working on them and keep practicing my free motion quilting. You are a really good teacher.

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