Machine Quilting Straight Line Background FillMar 5th, 2012 | Category: Machine Quilting
Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at machine quilting design. We identified two main approaches: allover versus custom fit designs. We have considered a number of elements that could be used in a custom fit design, including quilting in the ditch and motifs. We turn our attention now to machine quilting background fill, beginning with a variety of options using straight lines.
Background fill enhances machine quilting designs by compressing certain areas of the quilt so that other areas will stand out. It is often used with appliqué or with machine quilted motifs, but it can also be strategically placed in patchwork or any large open space in the quilt. Filling a background with straight lines adds structure and contast to the curved lines in appliqué. Straight line fill can create a formal, traditional look or can be mixed with other types of background fill for a more contemporary twist.
The background can be quilted with straight parallel lines, equally or variably spaced. The lines can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally, or be combined to go in different directions.
Comfort and Joy has straight vertical lines quilted in the sashing, although the lines were not marked and were quilted free motion.
The Lord is my Shepherd has straight diagonal lines quilted in different directions on the appliqué blocks.
Fruitful also has straight diagonal lines quilted in different directions.
Straight parallel lines in two directions create a grid. Also known as cross-hatching, this is a very common and popular type of background fill. Again, the lines can be evenly or variably spaced and can run in different directions.
The background of Tools of the Trade is quilted with straight lines in a vertical/horizontal grid.
King of Hearts is quilted with a diagonal grid.
The straight lines are variably spaced in the diagonal grid of this background fill.
The background can also be machine quilted with straight lines that radiate out from a point on the quilt. That point could be the center of a block, an outside edge, or anywhere in between.
The straight lines behind the urn of fruit radiate out from the center of the block.