I decided to watch an episode of the Quilt Show that featured Jacquie Gering after I received an evite for a free episode. Jacquie is co-author of one of my favorite books on modern quilting, called “Quilting Modern.” I raved about this book in an earlier post and have had no reason to change my opinion. In fact, just this past weekend a friend was using one of the pillows from that book as inspiration for her improv piece.
But, back to Jacquie. In conversation with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson she revealed several of her tips for quilting using a walking foot. While I already use masking or painters tape as quilting guides, I finally found out how she gets all those wonderful wavy lines, as shown below in her hexie quilt.
She uses a decorative stitch, called a serpentine stitch, on her machine! How easy is that? According to Jacquie, she had seen this effect on a friend’s quilt and had tried to duplicate it with free motion quilting. When the results didn’t look the same she asked her friend about it. The friend said, “Oh honey…” and proceeded to reveal the secret. A friend of mine tried out the serpentine stitch on her Baby Lock machine and exclaimed it was way easier than free motion stitching.
And it is. I found that my Janome 6500 doesn’t have a serpentine stitch as nice as that on my friend’s Baby Lock, but it has something similar. The stitch in pink is another decorative stitch I was trying out, but it’s definitely not a favorite. I wish sewing machine manufacturers would let you know why they include some of the decorative stitches. And don’t say look at your manual. Mine spends pages on the buttonhole attachment (which I’ve never used) but maybe a half page on all those decorative stitches combined.