Now I could start the quilting. I used a Janome Jem Sewing Machine and attatched it’s walking foot. The walking foot pulls the top and back of the quilt along at the same rate. I put my quilt in the machine and manually turned the wheel (always turn the wheel towards yourself) until the needle went into the exact place I wanted to start. Since I was stitching in the ditch this meant that the needle was on the low side of my seam.
The walking foot sews pretty straight so I gently guided my fabric through the machine. I also made sure to keep a lot of slack in front of the foot so that nothing got too stretched out. As I came to the safety pins I took them out. I didn’t bother to close them after I took them out, so they’d be ready for my next project.
For the sections where I wasn’t stitching in the ditch I marked my top with a Hera Marker as shown below.
And here is my quilt top.
And here is the back