Baby Lock Tutorial: Wall Hanging using AccuQuilt and Solaris 2

Mar 12, 2022 7:00:00 AM / by AccuQuilt

Hello, Quilters! You're in for a real treat! In today's post, we're joined by one of our friends at Baby Lock! Mike Johns, Baby Lock's National Training and Education Specialist, is excited to show you how you can make quilting even easier when you combine AccuQuilt and a Baby Lock Solaris 2 sewing machine. Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy this fantastic wall hanging project tutorial!

 

Fast Wall Hanging using AccuQuilt and Baby Lock

When it comes to making fun and easy quilts, it’s all about having the right tools! Of course, it is possible to make a beautiful quilt using just scissors, needle, thread, and fabric, but when there are wonderful tools available that make the creation process easier (and dare I say more precise), why wouldn’t we take advantage of them?

 

AccuQuilt gives us the ability to achieve accurate and consistent cuts with ease. The large variety of dies, combined with the ability to cut up to six layers of fabric at once, means the process of preparing quilt pieces couldn’t be easier or faster.

 

As we all know, precision in the cutting process is the first step to a beautifully pieced quilt top. When you combine the AccuQuilt with a sewing and embroidery machine, such as the Baby Lock Solaris 2, you get the perfect marriage of tools to help make the quilting process fast, easy and fun!

 

GO! Strip Cutter - 2 1/2" Die Package
GO! Winding Ways Die Package

 

I used the AccuQuilt GO! Strip Cutter - 2 1/2” Die and GO! Winding Ways - 8” Finished Die to create a quilted wall hanging. While it is always an option to create your own layout using the dies, I decided to take the layout provided on the Winding Ways packaging.

 

The fabrics used are from the Christopher Thompson Saturday in Paris Collection for Riley Blake. Baby Lock offers exclusive project kits from this collection.

 

Winding Ways Notched Fabric for Easy Curved Piecing

 

Once I had all the pieces cut and ready to go, I headed over to my Baby Lock Solaris 2 to begin assembling the blocks. All of the pieces in the Winding Ways block are curved, which can be intimidating for a new quilter, but centering notches are included on all sides of the pieces. So, with a few pins and a 1/4” presser foot, tackling the curves is a breeze.

 

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If you would prefer to use a standard foot, the built-in projector can be activated, giving both a needle beam and 1/4” guide beam (or you can even use both, as seen in the photo). No matter which method you prefer, getting that perfect 1/4” seam has never been easier - even on curves!

 

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With all the blocks completed, it was time for assembly. Originally, I was going to add just one 2” sashing to the outer edge of the wall hanging, but after seeing it all together I wanted more of the beautiful large floral print, so I added a smaller 1” finished border in pink and another larger 3 1/2” finished large print floral border. This was just what the piece needed!

 

Now it was time for quilting! I layered my quilt top, batting, and backing fabric to create my quilt sandwich. I choose to spray baste, but thread basting or pin basting would work as well. I cut both the batting and backing fabric approximately 10-12” larger than my top. This allows for extra batting and backing on all four sides of the top to assist in hooping and offset any fabric shrinkage from quilting.

 

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First, I used the Digital Dual Feed Foot to stitch-in-the-ditch (or near the ditch) and add channel (or echo) quilting in the inner 2” sashing. The Digital Dual Feed Foot moves the upper layers of the quilt sandwich in sync with the lower fabrics which are being pulled by the feed dogs. With all layers being advanced through the machine at the same time, there is no puckering or misalignment of the fabrics.

 

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The next step was to add the quilting designs to the blocks. A free-motion foot could be used to add a stipple design or to free-hand custom quilting motifs, but I decided to take advantage of the embroidery side of the Solaris 2. The wonderful thing about using embroidery to quilt is that any design can be used!

 

The Baby Lock Solaris 2 has several built-in designs that work beautifully as quilting (there are even a few edge-to-edge designs). In this case, I used the decorative background fills found in IQ Designer.

 

I used the extra-large 10 5/8” x 16” hoop for this quilt, which allowed me to quilt two blocks at a time. By combining IQ Designer with the Solaris 2’s high-definition camera, I can get perfectly placed stitches.

 

As an added bonus, I can also use the built-in projector to see the stitches on my quilt before I even take a stitch!

 

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With the bulk of the quilting completed, the outer sashing is the last area to tackle. The Enhanced Border Feature is a perfect choice here. It allows me to add a continuous border to the sashing area that looks seamless.

 

One of my favorite hoops for machine quilting is the 7” x 14” Magnetic Embroidery Hoop; however, any hoop large enough to accommodate the selected design will work. The best part - the machine does all the math for you and all you have to do is follow the on-screen directions!

 

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The quilting is done and all that’s left is the binding. One of my favorite ways to add binding is using the Digital Dual Feed Foot with the 1/4” Sole with Guide.

 

The quilted wall hanging is complete! By making sure we had the right tools, creating fun and easy projects like this can be completed quickly with beautiful results!

 

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