Friday, January 18, 2013

honeycomb quilting

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I have no finish to share today, but I survived my uber busy week, so I'm celebrating that accomplishment. Phew!
I am working toward a quilty finish, so that counts for something! During my Tuesday night machine quilting class I was messing around with some stitch settings and I came up with this. I'm calling it honeycomb quilting. It's basically a long stretched out zig zag stitch, and it's done with a walking foot. I took a photo of the settings so I would remember how to do it. :)
On the Janome Memory Craft 6600 (this is the machine I used at my LQS) I used the #9 stitch. The stitch width is set at 5 and the stitch length set at 4.
On my Horizon 7700 (sorry for the crummy photo) I used the same settings...except the zig zag stitch is # 11 on this machine rather than #9. Again, the stitch width is 5 and length is 4.
It's a fun way to quilt resulting in a texture that is just fan-tas-tic. I can't wait to finish it up so I can wash and dry it and see what happens. I bet it's soooooo good!

How about you? Do you have a finish to share today? If so, please link up. Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!

67 comments:

Staci said...

This is so interesting! I didn't know it was okay to do anything besides a straight stitch with a walking foot. Thank you for sharing this, I can't wait to give it a go!

Megan said...

I love the quilting! I'm going to have to try this!

natalie christensen said...

Love the quilting!

amandajean said...

Staci,

Yes! It's totally acceptable to stitch something else with your walking foot. Just make sure your foot has an elongated/oval opening (rather than just a tiny circle) so you don't break a needle. Hope that makes sense and doesn't confuse you! :)

AJ

Svetlana said...

what a fantastic way to quilt this scrappy trip along. Love it!!!

Kate said...

I love that! I never thought to use the different stitches on the machine to quilt. It looks great!

Fran said...

I may just be able to move on from straight line quilting!! ;-)

beth said...

Looking good!

Laura said...

That is so cool! I love interesting quilting that can be done with a walking foot. Thanks so much for sharing. I happen to quilt on a Janome 6600 so thanks for sharing the exact settings too!

Beth said...

What a great idea!

Linda M said...

Fun quilting! I'll have to try it. And so smart to take a picture. Now, pin that post on Pinterest so you can easily find it. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Bethany said...

Brilliant! I'll be taking pics of stitch settings from now on. It's never till I go to turn the machine back on mid project that I realize I have no clue what setting I was using to get this perfect quilting stitch :(

Jan aka StampQn said...

I have the same Janome. Can't wait to try that stitch for quilting.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Such great texture!

Pattilou said...

Great share. Thanks

Dianne Mitzel said...

love this stitch, I'll find it on my Designer I..they say we don't need a walking foot, but I think maybe I do.I have used the large wavy stitch to quilt, it works really well..but love this honeycomb effect..

Judee said...

Thank you, thank you for the details of that stitch. I was just about to try to figure that out for an upcoming project! I have a 6600.

Emily said...

Neat! I am still trying to work up my nerve to try free motion quilting, but until then, I use my walking foot a lot. I even have the 6600, so I can use these instructions directly on my machine. Woot!

Aoife O'Halloran said...

That's a really great quilting idea! I'm scared to try FMQ too, and so slowly moving out of my comfort zone with my walking foot would be perfect :) it looks great too!!

Becca said...

Great idea. thank you for sharing and hosting. :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That looks fun! How do you avoid puckering when your stitch lines are so close together?

homeamazing said...

I never knew you could do different stitches with a walking foot, either! I'll have to try this out... I love the texture it gives the quilt.

Verena said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this looks great! As I also have a Janome Horizon I will definitely give it a try!

kim said...

I have to try that out soon! I'm just about finished a small version of Missing U. I was going to do a loopy meander sort of quilting everywhere except in the white spaces. But maybe the long zigzag would work too.
Thanks for all the inspiration!

Becky said...

I really like the look of the quilting! Think I need to give this one a try.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

I've been seeing that curvy stitch for a while, but I thought it must be some decorative stitch that my machine didn't have. I finally set out to find it and discovered it is stitch #4 on my Bernina 153. Thanks for the push I needed to figure it out!

Bridget said...

Perfect for the kid quilt I just finished. Thanks for the inspiration!

Toni said...

I'm definitely going to have to try that quilting sometime! Thanks for the tip!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Ooh I love that stitch! I've learned to keep my iPhone handy for taking pics of all kinds of stuff... I'm terrible at remembering things. Cute quilt too!

Casey York said...

Love the honeycomb effect. I handquilted a quilt with a similar hexagon pattern, and you're right about it looking great once it's been washed. I LOVE how you figured out how to get this effect on a machine, though.

bruinbr said...

I definitely want to try this! Thank you so much for sharing the settings! So helpful!!

Katherine said...

Fantastic way to quilt this beautiful scrappy quilt!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I really like the quilting you did on your quilt! I am going to have to try it.

Patchwork and Play said...

I need to try this on my Juki! Thanks for the tip- you are clever!!

Annie said...

It looks good, thanks for sharing

Carla said...

I'm going to the sewing room right now and start quilting my ufo of the month with this. Thanks for the idea. I was blocked and now I'm not. You Rock!

Suzanne said...

You are so darn smart to take a photo of the settings. I always think I'm going to remember. Yeah, like that happens. :)

Dhia Peach said...

Great idea, I am going to try that. Thanks

Melissa Corry said...

Love the quilting!! Fabulous!!

Kristen said...

Neat idea! I always wanted the the serphantine stitch on the more expensive berninas. I am going to give this a shot.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love that quilting ... you are amazing!

Mama Pea said...

Great idea. I really need to experiment with some of the pre-programmed stitches to use for quilting.

Rachel said...

I can't wait to see the results!!! It looks awesome now, more will be interesting.

Karen said...

I do so much better with the walking foot than with
free motion! This is a cute technique- can't wait
to try it.

Kate said...

Love it! I have the 6500 so I should be able to copy...

ChristaQuilts said...

The quilting looks really nice - it adds so much texture! I like to something similar with a "serpentine" stitch. It's the one that looks like an elongated wave.

Heather said...

Very cool effect! I'll have to give it a try! :o)

Holli said...

That looks really great. I wonder if my machine will do it? Its a Viking Sapphire 875 or something like that. I know it has a stitch that looks like that, but it would have taken me years to figure out the length and width you've come up with. Looking forward to your finished quilt!

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

Oh my goodness I love that! I've been trying to figure out how I want to machine quilt my Scrappy Trip Along quilt and I love what you have done. Thanks for the inspiration.

Helen in the UK said...

GREAT quilting idea, thanks for sharing :)

Dana Gaffney said...

Thanks! I've wondered if I could use some of the fancy stitches with my walking foot but was always afraid of ruining my quilt or breaking a needle. I'm going to experiment.

Ginette said...

I never thought of using the zigzag for quilting! I love the look of this! I will definitely have to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

sewfrench.com said...

Thanks for sharing your settings!
I tried doing that same stitch on my Honeycomb quilt and decided it didn't look like Malka's so I ripped it out. Now that you say you like it, maybe I will do it again, LOL!

sewfrench.com said...

Thanks for sharing your settings!
I tried doing that same stitch on my Honeycomb quilt and decided it didn't look like Malka's so I ripped it out. Now that you say you like it, maybe I will do it again, LOL!

Britt-Inger said...

Thank you very much. I have quilted with the decorative stitches but never with zigzag. I have to try this .

jvp said...

OH - what a great way to think outside the box!!!! Love it & THANK YOU!!!!

Bethany said...

I bought a MemoryCraft 6500P and it was just delivered yesterday--I stayed up super late playing with it, and I'm so delighted you shared this! I bought it for the quilting capabilities (I also make handbags) and I'm excited to pump out some quilts with creative stitchery! Thanks for saving me the figuring-it-out time with this one :)

Nicci P said...

Thanks for the info, I have the 7700 and alway love learning something new on it. Have you seen this tutorial for the Serpentine Stitch? I found it very helpful. It can be found at onlinesewing.squarespace.com/horizon/2010/10/6/serpentine-stitch.html

Nicci P said...

Wow, not sure how my spacing got so funky on this post, but also wanted to tell how much I enjoy your blog and the info you share. Keep up the good work!

elizabeth said...

wow--that actually looks like something I could handle!! :) I am excited to try it--maybe with my hexagon placemats?

Wendy said...

The quilting looks great, it's a wonderful way to play around.

Just J said...

Thanks for the quilting tip. I have a 6600 too. I want to quilt more of my own quilts but am never sure what to do. This is a perfect way to quilt the split rail fence quilt I am making for my granddaughter.

capitolaquilter said...

snapping a picture of setting is so smart. I do that with quilt layout but never thought of it. So much of what I do is piecing and it is the default on my machine. I found that I had turned my machine off and forgot to reset it to FMQ but thankfully noticed before too long. Love your quilt and quilting as always.

Carie said...

That such a clever idea - I love quilting with my walking foot so I shall have to investigate whether my machine can do that - it's not quite as high tech as yours!

pam said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have seen this and tried it out on my machine but could not get it right. It just looked like a zig zag. I never had the settings! I just tried it and it worked.
I have an Elna and just set to the zig zag and used your settings. It worked!!! pam

Susan E. said...

I hope you'll show us a photo after it is washed! I'd love to see how it turns out.

April - Team Tottle said...

I'm not sure if I left a comment yet to tell you I've used this quilting method three times now. I absolutely love the effect and it makes for faster quilting. I have this post bookmarked and just keep coming back to it. On the last quilt I did I adjusted the settings a bit and got a sort of rounded effect. Thanks so much for sharing, I would have never wandered from straight line quilting without your tutorial.