Welcome to all the new followers from The Quilting Board-and thank you to Tartan and Sparky’s Mom who both posted photos of their projects on the Quilting Board. Tartan used The Oak Leaf Tutorial to stitch this gorgeous table topper. (See tutorial HERE)
And Sparky’s Mom made this adorable Mug Rug with The Perfect Pumpkin tutorial. (See the tutorial HERE)
Thanks to you both for sharing your photos and your lovely projects!
Today we have another easy and fun free motion quilting tutorial for you to try either on your domestic sewing machine like I have– ( I stitch on a Bernina 820 or a Bernina 150 Quilter’s Edition) –or on your long arm. Today, we will be stitching The Squiggle Square. The Squiggle Square can be stitched as a border or as a fill pattern on any quilt. It can look modern or it can look sweet depending on its placement within the quilt and the scale of the square. I recently stitched on the back of a modern pillow-in a large scale and it looked great! Try it on your next quilt–I know you will have fun with this one!
Begin by drawing two (or more) lines. In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart. Then draw perpendicular lines the same width apart. (For the sample below, the perpendicular lines are also one inch apart.)
Begin stitching in one corner and stitch a squiggly line on a diagonal.
Continue “squiggling” back and forth until you fill the square.
Once the square is filled, “scoot” into the adjacent square and begin “squiggling” in the opposite direction to fill the box.
Continue this process until the row is complete. This makes a great border pattern and pairs well with curvy motifs like the Oak Leaf or the Spiral.
If you’d like to fill a larger space or make a double border, simply add another row on top of the first row.
By adding a second row, a complex secondary pattern develops.
NOTE: In order to see the secondary pattern, it is important that you completely fill each square by stitching all the way to the edges of the drawn lines.
Doesn’t this look like fun–especially now that you can see how easy it is?
Try this in large squares, too. It looks very modern in a six inch or larger size. In the smaller scale, it looks like a snowflake. Wouldn’t it look great on a Christmas quilt–white stitching on red background???
On Open Line Friday this week we’ll be discussing marking and marking tools--bring your questions–and your favorite marking pens/pencils and tools!
Tomorrow–I have a Halloween project to share on Work in Progress Wednesday!