I learn stuff all the time from other bloggers. The most recent awesome and truly useful tip came from a post by Camille Roskelley of Simplify. This tip has to do with a stitch many of you may have on your sewing machines that can be very effectively used in machine quilting.
This is the stitch. It is a wavy stitch that is positively brilliant for machine quilting. I was just practicing it on a scrap of fabric and batting I had on hand, this isn't a real project. Here, don't look at my crummy photo, go check out Camille's post (which is full of fabulous information): http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2013/01/things.html
Can't you just imagine all sorts of ways you could use this in your small machine quilted projects? I am so excited to use it next time I make a Schnibbles quilt.
Here's how I did it.
Use your walking foot.
On my Bernina, this is the stitch button I chose. The tip of my scissors is pointing to it--"4".
My control panel then shows the following information.
VERY IMPORTANT: You must fiddle around with lengthening the stitch length. It will be way too short at first. I increased my stitch length to about 2.5
You will need to practice a bit, but I found it super easy to do and loved the results. I used it in the lattice of my student's charity baby quilt.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. One of these days I am going to get a decent camera.