Quick and Easy Valentines Project using the Echo Quilting Foot

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Let’s make a quick and easy Valentine’s Day Project. It’s going to give us a chance to use our echo quilting foot. To start with you’re going to need two fat quarters and a piece of scrap batting that you will be able to make a fat quarter sandwich. I like to have a print on the back and a light solid fabric on the front. And make it so that you’re able to use the same thread for the bobbin and the top. The next is some scrap fabric, and with the scrap fabric I fused these together because I’m going to cut shapes out of them. I fused them together with Appli-Stick. It’s like a glue and it will actually fuse the two layers together so they become one piece of fabric with both right sides. The hearts are going to be different sizes. Fold the fabric in half. Just cut the heart shape. Don’t worry about the shape, as long as it looks like a heart. I’m going to do that to all three fabrics so the hearts are going to be different shapes. Three hearts done, and they have become reversible. The next thing we’re going to do is quilt the quilt sandwich. The hearts going to be placed on one side once the entire thing has been quilted. I’m going to have them down one side so it’s going to be longer this way, so this is the shorter distance. The hearts are not going to be appliquéd on. They’re going to only be sewn on with some stitching down the center, so you’re going to need three lines, and they can overlap. That’ll be fine. Once you have decided where the hearts are going to go just trace around the hearts. Again, you don’t have to be overly fussy. So we have our three hearts drawn on here. Now you need to draw a couple of more hearts on the fabric anywhere you want. So I have my additional hearts here. Again, I wasn’t fussy about them. If you want you can use these as your template to draw your hearts. The marking of your quilt is done so we’re going to be able to quilt it. The next thing you need to do is set up your machine for free-motion quilting using the echo foot. For my Bernina, my echo foot is number 44C and it is a round foot. Now if you don’t have this you can use any quilting foot. The foot is already marked for you. You have the center and over a quarter inch you will see a circular mark on the foot. That is a mark of a quarter inch. You are going to be able to stitch the first line right in the center. After that you are going to be able to follow this circle and stitch a quarter inch beside the first row of stitching that you did. Then with the second row you’re able to use that quarter-inch mark again. If you have a foot and you don’t know where your quarter-inch mark is, take something and measure it. Measure from the center of the needle over, and you’re going to be able to see that circle. Measure it so you know exactly what your foot is going to do. Start wherever it’s comfortable for you and stitch over top of that first drawn line. Once your first row of stitching is done, you need to lift up the needle and move the quilt over a quarter inch, and you’re going to know what the marking is by just following the foot. Using that circular spot on your foot, you will be able to go a quarter inch all the way around. Now the key is 𝘯𝘰𝘵 to be looking at the needle, but to look at that circular mark on the outside of the needle. When you get to a point where you have another heart, just follow the heart line and then continue the quarter inch when you come off. When you’ve come to where you started, lift up the needle and move over a quarter inch, again, using the mark on your foot. And you’re going to be able to go around again. Now you can go around as many times as you want. You’re going to want to do this to all of the hearts so I would recommend doing two to three on each heart and don’t stress about not having the quarter inch. Don’t worry about it. It’ll all come with practice. Just have fun and trace all of your hearts using the quarter-inch measurement. As you continue going around the hearts, the hearts will start to join and you can just go around the shape as if it’s all one shape, so you don’t have to do individual hearts: The three will become one. You can do as many rows as you want or as few as you want. Do you see how after a while they’re all going to blend in and become one? So my three hearts have been Echo-quilted all the way around. The other hearts that I drew on have also been quilted and echo-quilted using that foot. It’s easier if you use a solid fabric when you start out using that foot because the fabric will not distract you from the little lines on that foot. So here we have the front done and there is the back. And because you’ve used a print on the back ,you’re not going to see as many mistakes. In other words, you can now use the back as the front; whatever side you like best. In order to keep the placement lines, we need to stitch following these lines. So just put your regular sewing foot on and stitch following the lines. That way we will know the placement for the hearts. Now I’ve taken the hearts and I’ve just stitched around in a decorative stitch. Now you need to decide: Are you going to sew them onto the original side that you drew, or are you going to want to put them on the opposite side? I’m going to use it on the opposite side because I do like the way the pattern looks, but I’m going to put the hearts in the same position that I originally had them in. Following the stitching line, I’m going to stitch the hearts on with the same decorative stitch. Now I’ve used a black thread because I want to be able to see it. I’m going to do one heart at a time, and I’m going to continue the whole line. Then I’m going to do the second one, but when I do the second line I’m going to move the heart out of the way so my stitching does not run over my heart. And without running over the other hearts, each heart has been stitched on. Give it a nice press, and then you need to square it up. I would just square it up using your marking pencil. After I’ve squared it up and I’ve just drawn my lines, I’m going to draw a second line in. Do it about ¾”, ½”—you can even go up to 1″. That second line I’m going to do another decorative stitch and I’m going to frame the entire thing with that decorative stitch. So my topstitched little border is done. The next thing we’re going to do is write ourselves a little message. Because it’s Valentine’s Day you could put “love you, X’s and O’s, happy Valentine’s Day—many different sayings you can put along here. And to do it, just use a fabric marker. Once it’s all squared up you could just do a decorative stitch all the way around the outside, and it is done. It could be a quick, easy table topper, or you could put some binding on it and use it as a placemat or a wall hanging. You could even put it in a frame. It’s a quick and easy project that gives you an opportunity to use decorative stitches on your sewing machine, practicing using your echo foot, and it’s a great chance to use up some scrap fabric. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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