Hello HoneyBear Lane readers!
My name is Vanessa and I am thrilled to be sharing my machine-quilting tutorial with you today! I’m from Utah but currently reside in Florida where my husband attends law school. We have been married seven years and just had our first baby, Olive, six months ago. I am lucky to be home to take care of my sweet family and have spent the last six months trying to figure out how to best share my creativity now that time will allow it.
I have been quilting since I was sixteen but had little time to do it because of my former full-time banking career. I created Lella Boutique and am slowly adding items to my Etsy shop where I accept custom orders for quilts, stitcheries, and other decorative items. I am also starting a blog in February to document my crafting adventures while sharing the tutorials with you. I just found out that a couple of my stitcheries will be featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts in the upcoming May issue!
I have known Heidi since kindergarten. When she asked me to do this tutorial, I just HAD to do some digging into my old photo albums. Here we are, in all of our first-grade glory.
One of the first things people notice about my quilts is my swirly, freehand quilting. This machine-quilting method is not only stunning–but surprisingly simple. It is perfect for small projects like baby quilts and table runners. For larger projects, I recommend taking your quilt to a professional who will be equipped with a long-arm quilting machine.
- Prior to basting the quilt and batting layers together, iron the quilt front and back pieces with a starch spray.
- Make sure the back piece and batting are slightly larger than the quilt top. (If any kind of shifting occurs, you’re covered!)
- Use a good quality basting spray. I love Sullivan’s Original Quilt Basting Spray.
- As you baste each side to the batting, smooth away any wrinkles. For particularly difficult wrinkles, lift that corner of the quilt and gently lay down again–smoothing it as it lands on the batting.
- Once the quilt is basted together, insert safety pins throughout the quilt–another precaution used to prevent shifting.