More Straight Line Filler Quilting


 

Straight line filler quilting

Straight line filler quilting

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

Marking your quilt for straight line filler 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.

Quilt around the marked shape

Quilt around the marked shape

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 lines become straighter further from the oval

The lines become straighter further from the oval

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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Rose

Straight Line Quilting – Quilt Sampler


 

Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting

This straight line quilting tutorial is the first design in my machine quilting sampler quilt.  The whole idea for the sampler has come from all my efforts to engage with Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, over the past few weeks.  I am actually demonstrating the straight line quilting on my normal domestic machine because of course the designs that I am going to use in my sampler can be sewn on any machine.  I have used plain fabric in a light colour with black thread for the quilting so that it shows up well.  The size of the quilt is about 32″ by 42″ for the very technical reason that I had a piece of wadding that size in my stash.  As I go along, I will be subdividing the quilt into sections about 8″ square.

I am not going to go into the basics of setting up for machine quilting, because I have already covered that here.

Straight line quilting ideas

Straight line quilting is the first step when you begin quilting – when you stitch in the ditch or echo quilt you are following the lines of the seams in your quilt blocks.  The next step is to begin to add a little something into the lines so that you can use them as a design in their own right.  As you can see, I have begun with triangles sewn at intervals in a line, then squares – yes, I agree they are more like rectangles than squares!  In the next line I have added hearts and in the final line I have added very simple stars.

Whichever design you want to include in your straight line quilting, the important thing as always is to practise it before you use it in a quilt.  The few designs that I have shown are very basic, so think about variations that you can use – different sizes of triangles within the same line, different spaces between them, different designs within the same line.  Try them all out and decide which variations look right for your particular quilt.

I was going to show you two squares of the sampler in each tutorial, but the video would have been far too long so I am cutting it back to just the one section for each tutorial.  The video goes into some detail and I hope you will find it helpful to see the straight line quilting as I sew it:

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Rose