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This quilting motif is a great way to fill in negative space and to carry border designs beyond the border and into the centre of the quilt. I did just that with my Sunflower Quilt.
To start, draw out the grid, designs or shapes that you wish to fill in with this motif on the quilt. I usually use the Chaco Liner from Clover to do this. Mark an ‘X’ in the areas that need to be quilted.
This design is done completely with the free motion foot.
Stitch along the outline of the design that is to be filled in.
Stitch up and down in the areas as one long continuous line keeping the lines fairly close together and putting a small curve at the bottom and top of the lines.
Turn the piece 90 degrees.
Stitch another long continuous line up and down to crisscross over the first layer of stitching.
Continue quilting in the other squares until all the squares are filled in.
I like the look of variegated thread for this quilting design but a solid colour would work as well.
This motif is not limited to just squares – triangles, rectangles, circles and diamonds would all be just as effective.