How many times have you packed a quilt to sit on for a summer outing at the beach, park, or other fun outdoor place and been worried about getting it dirty? There are other options for your quilts, aside from standard quilting cottons, that you can use to help with this! Try backing a fun quilt with laminated cotton, and it can go anywhere with you without taking home the grime and dirt from your day of fun. You can still quilt the fabric on your Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP, and the results will have you jumping for joy!
Janome Supplies Required:
Standard Foot A
Dual Feed Foot Holder
Dual Feed Foot AD
Purple Tip Needle
Student Supplies Required:
Iron and pressing mat
Chaco Liner/other removable marking utensil
Basting spray or basting pins
Supreme Slider by La Pierre Quilting
Tip: For a really quick finish, use layer cakes to eliminate cutting time! Or you can use yardage of your favorite fabrics—both amounts are listed below.
RST-Right sides together, RSD-Right Side Down, RSU-Right Side Up, WOF=Width of fabric, all seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise specified.
2 layer cakes (each with 40-10” squares) of contrasting colors OR
2-1/2 yds Cool colored fabric (Fabric A) sub cut into:
(32) 10” squares
2-1/2 yds Warm colored fabric (Fabric B) sub cut into:
(32) 10” squares
2/3 yd Binding fabric (Fabric C) sub cut into:
(8) 2.5” x WOF (for a total of approx. 316” of binding)
5 yds Laminated Cotton (Fabric D) sub cut into:
(2) 2.5 yds x WOF
1 package Queen sized batting sub cut into:
82” x 82”
Contrasting thread for quilting
Coordinating thread for piecing quilt and topstitching binding
Piecing the quilt top
1. Take the 32 squares of the cool colored quilting cotton (Fabric A) and the 32 squares of the warm colored quilting cotton (Fabric B). Arrange the squares in an alternating pattern, in an 8 x 8 grid layout.
2. Begin piecing the first row of eight by placing the first two squares RST and pinning in place. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use the 1/4″ foot O for precise piecing and select stitch #2 from the “Quilting” menu to change to the correct needle position. Change the stitch length to 2.2.
3. Place the next alternating colored square RST on the last square pieced and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance. Continue alternating square colors until you have all eight squares in the first row pieced together. Press seams.
4. Repeat step 3 with the next seven rows until all rows have been pieced together.
5. Take the first row and place it RSU. Take the second row and place it RST with the first row, aligning the edges of the first row bottom and the second row top. Match seam intersections closely, and pin at the seam intersection to secure the rows together along the 76.5” edge. Sew the two rows together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam.
6. Repeat step 5 with the remaining 6 rows until all rows have been pieced together. Press seams once more prior to making your quilt sandwich.
Prep the backing, quilt sandwich, and quilt
Important Tip: When working with laminated cotton, it’s important to not use an iron on it or you will melt the laminated finish. If there are substantial wrinkles in the laminated cotton, they can be easily removed by setting the fabric out in the sun for half an hour and repositioning it, or using a blow dryer for a few seconds to release the wrinkles. Don’t use too much direct heat on the laminated cotton. Check the backing fabric for wrinkles prior to making your quilt sandwich.
1. Take the two 2.5 yard cuts of laminated cotton. Place the pieces RST, lining up the 2.5 yard raw edges and sew with a 1-1/2″ seam allowance. Use the standard foot A and select stitch #1 from the Utility menu. Square up the backing to measure 82” x 82” (or a little larger, if you prefer.) Trim the selvages away to leave an ample 1/2″ seam allowance.
2. Place the backing on a flat surface, wrong side up. Take the batting and place it on top of the wrong side of the laminated cotton and smooth out any wrinkles.
Tip: When using pre-packaged batting, remove the batting from the package and unfold it while piecing the top. This will help relax the fold lines.
3. Place the pieced top wrong side down, centered on top of the batting and backing. Make sure you have at least a couple inches on each side of the quilt top of the backing and batting to give plenty of room for quilting. Smooth all wrinkles from the quilt sandwich and baste with basting spray. You can use basting pins for this if you choose.
4. Select the thread for quilting and thread the machine. Load the bobbin. Attach the PDH foot for free motion quilting. From the main menu, select the Shirt icon. Use the bottom arrow to navigate to page 2/2 of choices. Select the “Quilting” icon in the bottom right corner. Select the “Free Quilting” icon. Lower the feed dogs and click the “X” to close the notification window. Select “Straight stitch 1”.
5. Place the Supreme Slider on the table of the machine This is a great tool to use when quilting an item that has a backing that might not slide easily under the machine. When using laminated cotton as a backing, it takes a little practice to get used to the difference between the finish versus regular quilting cotton. If you have a scrap of laminated cotton from preparing the quilt back, you might want to make a practice quilt sandwich and get the feel for it prior to quilting your outdoor quilt.
6. Quilt the quilt with a large, simple motif. I selected a large loopy design. Once quilting is completed, raise the feed dogs to the original position.
7. Square up the quilt and trim away excess batting and backing fabric.
8. Prepare the binding (fabric C) by piecing the strips together to create one continuous piece of binding, 2.5” wide x approximately 316”. Fold the binding strip in half, wrong sides together, so it is 1.25” wide and press.
9. Align the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the laminated side of the quilt. Sew the binding down with a 1/4″ seam allowance, using the 1/4” foot O and changing the needle position to the 1/4” position. Miter the corners.
10. Fold the folded edge of the binding over to the front of the quilt and use binding clips to secure the folded edge in place.
11. Use a thread that coordinates with the binding fabric and change the sewing foot to Standard Foot A. Select stitch #1 from the Utility menu. Topstitch the folded edge of the binding down to the top of the quilt, backstitching at start and end to secure the stitches.
Tip: You can use a monofilament thread in the bobbin when sewing the folded edge of the binding to the quilt top, if desired. This will make the machine sewn topstitching less obvious on the back of the quilt.
12. Pack your outdoor quilt, grab some refreshments, and enjoy your day out! If you need to wash the quilt, machine wash cold and line dry.
Optional: If you want a larger quilt, simply increase the size of the squares used for the quilt top (and adjust the size of your backing and batting as well). This is a simple pattern that allows for easy size adjustments!