quilted placemat with title "quilting with a combination of designs".

Simple Quilting with Design Combinations

There are lots of great simple quilting designs like matchstick quilting or spirals, but sometimes you want more. Why not combine multiple designs?

Things to consider

1. What is the focal point of the quilt?

If there is an obvious focal point in the quilt, you can pick designs that will highlight that area. Heavier or lighter quilting in only one area draws attention to it.

If there is no obvious focal point, you can create one with the quilting.

2. How complicated is the piecing?

If the piecing is complicated, you want the quilting designs to support that, not compete with it.

3. How busy are the fabrics?

Fabrics that have a lot of pattern and colour will camouflage quilting stitches, If you have a lot of that, look for designs that give texture rather than pattern.

4. What will the final use of the quilt be?

If the quilt will receive a lot of use, you need a quilt design that will stand up to the wear and tear. Quilting will have to be dense enough to hold it together. Usually quilting every 4″ is good enough.

Design options

There are limitless design options, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Medallion Quilt

Use outline stitching around the medallion and diagonal lines around it to draw the eye in.

Line Variation

Use straight, wavy, vertical and diagonal lines to mix things up.

Stitch Style

Stitch a few lines with decorative stitches and the rest with straight stitches.

Helpful tips

  • Take a picture of the quilt top and play with the lines. Use the draw option on your phone.
  • When in doubt, keep it simple.

Sample

This sample is a small placemat, but the procedure would be the same for a quilt of any size.

Make your own quilting practice placemats with this Simple Placemat tutorial.

Design Option – Straight vertical lines and wavy diagonal lines

This is a simple design but it has a lot of interest.

Marking

Mark the vertical and horizontal lines in the middle of the squares. Use a ruler and hera marker for easy marking.

marking quilting lines with a ruler and hera marker.

Stitching

Stitch straight lines on the marked lines, following the marked lines as a guide.

close up of stitching a line on a quilt.

Stitch the lines in one direction, then rotate and stitch in the other direction.

placemat with straight quilted lines.

Next, add the wavy lines on the diagonal.

There is no need to mark these lines. Use the intersections as reference points.

quilt sample with straight and wavy quilting lines.

Once the quilting is done, just trim and add binding to finish it off.

peach and green placemat with straight vertical and wavy diagonal quilting lines.

Be sure to share a picture #simplequilting to inspire others.

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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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