Today, we’re talking about quilted backgrounds and how we can create and quilt them on our machines. But before we go to the machine . . .
What are Quilted Backgrounds?
Quilted backgrounds is the pre-quilted fabric that we have all probably seen or used in the past. In the past, we would purchase pre-quilted fabrics to make bags, casserole carriers, chair pads and more.
However, we are now able to create the pre-quilted fabric needed for these projects with our machines! Plus, we can easily embroider a design or name on top of the pre-quilted fabrics we create.
For example, the quilted backgrounds of these season pillows were created with the machine, and the design was then embroidered on top.
Creating Quilted Backgrounds
In the below video, learn how to use Combi Mode—or as it is sometimes called, combination mode—to create quilted backgrounds.
As you can see, stitch #1602 on the BERNINA 880 PLUS was used to create the quilted background design for the seasonal pillows pictured above.
With the BERNINA 790 PLUS and B 880 PLUS, you can create your own custom quilted backgrounds using the Stitch Designer on your machine. The below video demonstrates how this can be done.
Once the stitch is created in the Stitch Designer, open it in embroidery and embroider the quilted background for your next project. You can also use these stitches to quilt blocks and borders of a quilt. Or, you can use them to create your own collection of seasonal pillows!
You can find the step-by-step instructions to create the zigzag design on the background of this pillow here.
Quilted Backgrounds Stitch Sampler
Create a sampler of stitches that work well for quilted backgrounds to use as a reference for future projects. I decided to use the free Balos Beach pattern from Benartex featuring the Blue Horizon Fabric collection for my sampler.
Here are close up images of the completed quilt with several quilted background stitches.
To create your own quilted background sampler using these stitches and the Balos Beach pattern, download the PDF outlining the stitches used here.