The pickledish quilting design is the next block on my machine quilting sampler quilt. I know that my circles don’t look totally circular, but I hope that you’ll see what a simple but very effective design this is.
Mark the fabric for the pickledish quilting design
This is one design for which you absolutely have to mark the fabric before you begin. Use a ruler to mark out a grid covering the area to be quilted. I have drawn lines about 2″ apart in both the horizontal and vertical directions.
As usual, begin by quilting all round the outline of the block to stabilise the area. Stitch along one of these outer lines to position your needle at the beginning of one of the grid lines.
Sewing the pickledish quilting design
Quilt an arc to one side of the line, finishing the arc at the end of the square. Then continue stitching across the line and make an arc on the other side of the next part of the line. Make a wavy line all the way down the grid line then turn the quilt around and quilt back up the line, taking your curves to the other side of the gridline so that you enclose the sections of the line with a tear drop type design.
In the photo you can see three lines of the pickledish quilting design – one down and then up again on the left hand line and the first set of arcs on the next line to the left of the first one.
Continue across all the vertical lines and then repeat the process on the horizontal lines.
As you complete more of the grid, you’ll see the pickledish quilting design beginning to form – full circles are now visible as well as that lovely squashed square shape in the middle. It really is a lovely design – and of course when you have removed the grid lines it looks as if you have quilted a complex design!
Here’s the video:
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