Friday, August 6, 2010

Straight line quilting goes modern

I love straight line quilting. For one thing, it's easy. It can be done on a home machine. The texture it creates is tactile and seductive.. I thought I was the only one who loves straight line quilting (and am I just using it as an excuse for taking the easy route?), but miraculously, I found a fellow afficionado.   Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio recently blogged about her straight line technique she dubs "Organic Line Quilting."

I love it. Straight line quilting meets Modern Quilting.

You can do lines, you can do grids, you can do irregular lines, you can do diagonals, you can do diamonds, you can do a caning pattern (like the seat pattern in a caned woven chair). You can space your lines regularly, you can space your lines in a pattern, you can space your lines randomly. You can do rays.

You can combine straight lines with free motion. You can do lines to make a shape like a star.

See?!?  It's all about creativity.  Now I want to go quilt.


  1. Found your blog! I'm a subscriber, now!

    I had a good time quilting with you today. Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Hi,
    Just found your blog trying to figure out how to do free motion quilting on my Pfaff 2046.
    I really like your posting advice on bobbin winding and using the blindhem foot.

    I am wondering if you have any advice about free motion quilting. Here is what I did but I am obviously missing something.

    0. I kept the zigzag needle plate on.
    1. disengage the feed dogs.
    2. attach the darning foot.
    3. tried multiple settings of the top thread tension (from 0 to 7).

    Every try I end up with top thread looping underneath and in worse cases, a birds nest underneath.
    I had the presser foot up, maybe this is wrong, but with the presser foot down, the sandwich does not move freely under the darning foot.

    Any advice is appreciated !