Adding interest with linear quilting that isn’t so linear

It’s Friday!

That means it’s the last day this week for highlighting Northcott Banyan Batiks fabric collection in a modern quilt. Feels bitter sweet: it’s nice to finish the quilt but the fun is over?

Northcott Banyan Batiks fabrics

Yesterday I started and finished quilting the quilt, so that I could show you the results today! As you’ll see, it’s very linear. This is a style of quilting that is very popular with modern quilters.

My first step was to stitch in the ditch along every previously sewn seam in the half log cabin blocks.

Quilt along every seam of the half log cabin blocks.

Using the edge of my quilting foot as a guide, I followed the first seam and then repeated the same steps over and over, sewing parallel lines.

I kept sewing parallel lines until the very large negative space was filled along with the half of each log cabin block that was negative space. 

Use edge of your quilting foot to make nice parallel quilting lines.

In the quilt’s large negative space, the quilting lines go in 2 directions. I did this to add more visual interest to the quilt.

TIP The easy way to sew lines going in 2 different directions is to use the seam between blocks as a pivot point.

Use a seam as a turning point to pivot direction when quilting.

I marked a very thin diagonal line in the half log cabin blocks section. I then used the line as a pivot point where there are no seams to use for this purpose.

Mark a thin line where your pivot point should be.

Following the seams and pivoting once at the line will give you nice, sharp corners.

Pivot 90° on the line.

As in the larger negative spaces, I also used the edge of the walking foot as my guide to make the parallel lines.

Parallel lines are also sewn in the half log cabin portion of the quilt’s block.

Interest and movement are added to the quilt through the use of multi-directional quilting lines. With all these tips, you’re now ready to quilt your own modern masterpiece quilt. 


After the quilting is finished, put the binding on.

Last month on QUILTsocial, Elaine posted a great tutorial on bindings. Take a couple of minutes to check out her post! 

Modern quilt made using Northcott Banyan batiks.

Another week, another quilt created! What a great feeling of accomplishment!

I always enjoy the process of bringing the quilt I have in my mind’s eye to life. And I also love sharing with other passionate quilters!

Putting the rules aside and making a beautiful modern quilt using batiks has also made this week fun! The Nostalgic Vibes, Primitive Lines and Shadows fabrics from the Northcott Banyan Batiks collections were just perfect for this daring, rule-breaking quilt project.

Have a fantastic weekend and come on back next week to see what wonders Jean Boyd will show you!

I love the quilting lines, and the Shadows used for the negative part of the quilt gives this space a little movement.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Banyan Batiks Shadows: a great background fabric for a modern quilt

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Julie Averill March 29, 2018 - 2:18 am
I love how this quilt turned out !!!
Quilting Jeannie Zimmerman March 28, 2018 - 1:09 pm
I love this quilt. That is simple, creative quilting that I can actually follow. Thanks for posting.
Pat D. March 17, 2018 - 5:45 pm
Love the look of the linear quilting on you quilt.
Allison Evrard March 12, 2018 - 9:20 am
This quilt is beautiful. Thank you for the tip. I use my walking foot a lot and this gives me some new ideas.
Andrea Donnan March 11, 2018 - 9:03 am
I’m a huge fan of straight quilting because, well, look at how gorgeous this quilt is!
Laura Sloan March 10, 2018 - 7:12 am
I'm not generally a fan of the log cabin quilt but I like this one a lot. The straight line quilting really finishes is off nicely. I may consider making something similar once I finish my other projects.
Elizabeth Matthiesen March 9, 2018 - 7:38 pm
Marvellous, I loved the tip "The easy way to sew lines going in 2 different directions is to use the seam between blocks as a pivot point."
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