Sometimes wavy diagonal lines are the perfect choice for finishing your quilt top. If your quilt has points that go across the quilt, but not in a perfectly straight line, these can be used as “landmarks” for stitching.
Wavy random lines give a modern feel to a quilt and are easy to sew.
Things to consider
1. Do I want the lines in a single direction, two directions or many directions?
Just like with straight diagonal lines, wavy lines can go in whatever direction you want.
2. Is there a focal point?
If there is a focal point on the quilt, you might want to have all the lines go through that point to bring attention to it.
3. Do I want regular lines or random?
Spacing of the lines can be whatever you want. Regularly spaced lines give a more structured look, and random lines are more playful.
There are limitless design options, but here are some ideas to get you started.
Wavy lines meandering in one direction on a quilt top often give the impression of waves or wind.
You can see it in the sample quilt Red and Aqua Log Cabin Sampler.
This playful variation of cross-hatching gives a modern look to a traditional design.
This quilting design works well with modern improv quilts.
- There is a difference between wavy lines and curves. Keep the line generally in the same direction, but gently sway back and forth as it is stitching.
- Try to avoid sharp turns. It’s like changing lanes when you are driving. You don’t turn dramatically.
- Make sure the basting is secure. This quilt design requires a lot of movement of the quilt.
- Take your time. These lines will be going on the bias, so stitching too quickly could easily stretch the quilt. Be especially careful if you don’t have a walking foot.
- Relax and have fun. Wavy lines are by nature organic and unique. Trying to make them too uniform will just add stress.
- Check out these general quilting tips.
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 – One direction, random varied spacing
This design has randomly spaced lines stitched at 45* in one direction.
Mark a few lines at a 45* angle. You do not need to mark every line. A quilting ruler and hera marker make this easy.
Using the marks as reference, stitch the lines, gently moving back and forth to either side of the line.
After the marked lines have been stitched, add as many more lines as you desire. You can just eyeball the angle.
Once the quilting is done, just trim and add binding to finish it off.
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