I’ve used more straight line filler quilting for the next block on my machine quilting sampler. I’ve now completed the middle row of the sampler so I think I’ll move on to gentle curves for the next row of blocks. This block is a way of filling in an open area on your quilt with more or less straight lines, just putting a few areas in to give a bit of interest. The lines most definitely do not want to be arrow straight, so it’s actually quite a good filler to use if you are just starting out on free motion quilting.
Marking your quilt for straight line filler quilting
This version of straight line filler quilting doesn’t take much marking – just a couple of ovals or circles marked in fairly randomly.
As you can see I have used three ovals. They have different spaces between them both horizontally and vertically. The idea now is to quilt around those shapes which should just break up the design enough to keep the eye interested.
Stitching the straight line filler quilting
The first line of quilting then is a straight (well straightish) line following the line of the block but going around the edge of the oval. I’ve quilted this line first to give me a shape to follow for the line above it which will be between this line and the edge of the block.
The idea is that the quilting line immediately around the oval shape has the greatest curve. The lines on either side of this will be more or less in line with the first line, but by having a slightly smaller curve they will fade away to a straight line after a few quilting lines.
I find that the way to sew this straight line filler quilting is to quilt the lines around the shapes first and then go back and fill in the other lines. That way I find it more easy to keep the curves broadly where I want them.
If you didn’t see the straight line filler quilting in the block above this one, you can find it here.
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