Hey Everyone, welcome back to Free Motion Friday.
I was thinking how could I create cross hatching with the free motion foot. Most of us tend to use the walking foot to do cross hatching. Since this is Free Motion Friday I needed a way to do it with the free motion foot.
Cross hatching is when a line is stitched from one corner to the other corner of an area and then more lines are stitched an equal distance from the first line on either side to cover the area. The whole process is repeated from the opposite side so that the lines cross each other and diamond shapes are formed between the lines.
Instead of stitching a straight line with the free motion foot I put a bit of a wobble into it creating a slightly wavy line hence giving the cross hatching a very interesting effect.
Oh I must also put an apology in here – my photos are not very well exposed – I did it myself and didn’t have my photographer here to help so they did not come out quite right, certainly not to the photographer’s standards.
To begin draw a line across the area from one corner to the other. I used the Clover Chaco Liner to make the lines.
Stitch down the line waving slightly back and forth over it ever so slightly.
Draw another chalk line on the other side of the line just stitched. I chose to have a 1 ½″ space between the stitching lines but any distance can be used depending how far apart you want your stitching lines to be and the size of the piece being quilted.
Sew along that line in the same manner. It is a good idea to turn the piece around and sew from the opposite end that the line beside it was sewn from. This helps to keep the quilt square. Also note that if you do not have a ruler available for some strange reason or an erasable marking pen then a piece of masking tape will do the job. The only thing is with the wavy line the stitching would go into the tape but it is easily removed.
Draw the rest of the lines 1 ½″ apart from each other and sew along them.
Draw all the lines going in the opposite direction and across the stitching lines already made.
Sew along all of these lines to create a wonky cross hatching design.
I love the effect of the wavy lines. How about you?