I truly believe that it's the quilts that make a quilting book! I had such a fun time designing and creating the seven quilts for the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting:
Infinity Knot Quilt
Love the Light
Love the Light
Making each of these quilts (some of them two times!) taught me so much about quilting.
It's funny - I went into this project thinking I knew a lot about walking foot quilting, but by the end I realized I really didn't know much at all and each quilt helped me master new skills and grow as a quilter.
Walking foot quilting is an amazing quilting style. For years I judged this form of quilting as "too basic" or "beginner" but when I really gave it a chance, I realized you could do really incredible things with your walking foot and the best part is it felt easy.
The walking foot does most of the work for you, after all, and that makes it much easier to master this form of machine quilting on your home machine.
Walking Foot Quilt Along
After making the quilts and writing the book, I decided I wasn't done with walking foot quilting quite yet. I wanted to make videos and share this form of quilting so quilters could understand how it works and start using it to quilt their own quilts.
So in 2018, I hosted the Walking Foot Quilt Along and we've made three quilts together from the book! Learn how to create the Rainbow Log Cabin, Prism Path Baby Quilt, and Marvelous Mosaic Sampler. Click Here to find all the quilting tutorials.
A Slow Quilting Process
The slowest form of quilting by far is hand quilting. Turns out walking foot quilting is only a bit faster! This is the slowest form of machine quilting because you have to continually rotate the quilt so the line you're quilting is facing the foot. The walking foot feeds the quilt forward using the feed dogs on the machine.
All that shifting and scrunching of the quilt takes time and you also can't really race with a walking foot either. I had to learn how to slow down and take my time while making these quilts because that's just what it takes with this style of quilting.
I think the best part of making these quilts is it was a collaboration with my dad, Max Gray. Dad helped wash, starch, press, cut, piece, and even quilt a few of these quilts!
Because I'm always working on dozens of different projects at a time, I know I couldn't have made all of the quilts for this book and finished them without Dad's help. Well, I could have, but it would have taken another two or three years!
All around, creating Explore Walking Foot Quilting was a terrific process from writing the book, designing the patterns, and making each one with Dad. I hope you'll enjoy exploring this wonderful form of quilting with me as well.
Let's go quilt,
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