Project Quilting with the Baby Lock TruStitch Stitch Regulator

By Diane Kron

Skill Level: Beginner  

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Are you ready to finish quilts with confidence? The Baby Lock TruStitch Stitch Regulator will help you achieve consistent, evenly-spaced stitches. This project explains how to use the TruStitch Stitch Regulator to quilt at your own pace and learn to master free-motion quilting. The new Madeira Cotona No. 50 Quilting Thread was used for the entire project—it is strong enough to use for the butterfly appliqué and will help the design blend well with the rest of the quilt.

Materials:

  • Applique desing (downloaded and included with project)
  • 1 Pink Moda print fat quarter
  • 1 Orange Moda print fat quarter
  • Wave edge ruler
  • Quilt top 18" x 24"
  • Backing fabric 24" x 30"
  • Madeira Cotona 50 wt quilting threads, color numbers 516, 600, 636 & 770
  • Extra fine point erasable gel pen
  • Batting
  • Rotary cutting system
  • Temporary spray adhesive

Tools:

  • Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold Sewing and Embroidery Machine
  • TruStitch Stitch Regulator for Baby Lock (BLTS-BLSOG)
  • Ellisimo Gold Extension Table (BLSO-ET)
  • TruGlide Overlay (BLTS-O)
  • Baby Lock walking foot

Steps:

  1. Follow the manufacturer's directions to set up the TruStitch Stitch Regulator system. Plug in the cables and charge the Controller. When the blue light disappears, the Controller is fully cha

  2. On a flat surface, sandwich the batting between the backing fabric and the front quilt section. To hold the layers in place during quilting, lightly spray with temporary spray adhesive betwee

  3. Using the small wave on the wave edge ruler and one of the gel pens, place the ruler on the diagonal and trace along the edge of the ruler with the pen to create a guide line for stitching.

    In the sample, the first line was placed on the diagonal from the bottom left corner to the top right corner (red arrow). Place the second diagonal line approximately 1/2" apart at the bottom and taper outward to approximately 1" at the top to create a fan effect (green arrow). The third line placed will be approximately 1/2" at the bottom to 1" apart at the top (black arrow). Leave a 1 1/2" space and continue to make wavy lines in this fashion until the entire piece has wavy drawn lines.

  4. Wind two bobbins with the same colored thread that will be used in the needle. Thread the machine and place the bobbin in the bobbin case.

  5. Attach the Baby Lock walking foot to the machine and stitch along the wavy drawn lines.

  6. To remove the colored wavy lines from the section, iron the section with a hot iron. Magically, the lines will disappear.

  7. Attach the Ellisimo Gold Extension table to the machine. Place the TruGlide over the extension table so that the small opening is placed under the needle area. Smooth the TruGlide section wit

  8. Set the machine up for quilting by lowering the feed dogs and attaching the "O" quilting foot.

  9. After the Controller unit has been fully charged, remove the Charging Cable from the unit. Safety tip: Never quilt with the Controller Charging Cable attached.

  10. Place the Controller under the sandwich on the extension table to the left of the needle. Place the magnet on the top of the quilt top over the Controller to hold in place.

  11. Place the halo that came with the extension table down and around the needle to move the quilt during quilting.

  12. Set the Receiver to Regulated mode.

    Change the stitch/inch to 12 and set the Cruise to 25. The Cruise speed can be adjusted, but based on the quilt pattern that will be used for this project, we will set it at a slower speed. The Cruise speed is based on the type of pattern that will be used. So if you were doing a stippling stitch, you might choose to go at a faster pace than if you were doing an intricate quilting pattern. The less detail in the pattern, the faster you can set the Cruise speed. It will take practice and time to determine your Cruise speed setting.

  13. The free-motion quilting will be placed between the rows of walking foot stitches that start out at 1" and radiate outward to 2" apart at the top.

    To make it easier to follow, draw a back and forth line between the rows of walking stitches from the bottom to the top (as shown in the following illustration). Free-motion quilt on the line to create the desired effect. Tip: If this is the first time you have used the TruStitch Stitch Regulator, make a sandwich with test fabric and do a test sew to get the feel for the system. Make any additional changes to the Stitch Length or Cruise speed at this time. As you finish the area with the halo area, move the halo to the next area that will be quilted. Finish quilting the top.

  14. Determine the placement of the butterfly on the quilt top and place cross marks at the center point. Place a placement sticker over the mark.

  15. Hoop the quilt top, placing the placement sticker in the center of the hoop.

  16. Set the machine up for embroidery.

  17. Retrieve the included applique butterfly design and center the design using the Positioning icon.

  18. Embroider the design following the color stops for placement of the fabric for applique.

    The first appliqued fabric is the pink and the last will be the orange fabric. To give the design a flat finish, use the Cotona quilting thread for embroidery.

  19. From the two remaining Moda fabric sections, cut 2 1/2" wide strips. Trim the ends at a 45 degree angle.

  20. With a 1/4" seam allowance, alternate the strips while piecing the strips together (as shown in the illustration below). Press the seam open.

  21. Cut and piece the bias strip.

    To determine the width for each of the alternating pieces, align the 45 degree angle line on the ruler with the top edge of the section (white arrow) and left side of the ruler even with the seam line (yellow arrow). Cut along the right edge (blue arrow) on the ruler (as shown in the following illustration). Continue to piece the sections together in the same manner, alternating the fabric sections, until you have a bias strip that is long enough to fit around the outer edge of the quilt.

  22. With wrong sides together, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.

  23. Place the binding on the quilt 6" down from the top with the raw edges even with the edge of the quilt (as shown below) and stitch in place using a 1/4" seam allowance, Start sewing approxima

  24. Stop sewing 1/4" from the corner and cut the thread. Fold the bias strip us (as shown in the following illustration) with the edge on the bias even the edge of the quilt top.

  25. Fold the bias strip down so that the bias is placed over the second quilt edge to create a 45 degree angled corner.

    Start to sew at the corner and continue down this side. Stop again 1/4" from the corner and cut the thread. Repeat these steps for the remaining two corners.

  26. After turning the last corner, trim the bias strip and tuck the end into the starting point on the bias strip

  27. Press the bias strip to the back side of the quilt top and hand sew the bias binding to secure.

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