How-To and Ideas
Echo Quilting from Different Directions
When Lines Converge
The concept of echo quilting is easy: Evenly spaced rows of
quilting radiating out from the applique. But what do you do
when quilting lines begin to merge between a center medallion
and an outer border? Or in the center of a quilt that has a
large open center? Or, when the shapes of the applique cause the
lines to bump into each other? Click the photo to find out!
You have two options with this pdf document. Click the one
that works best for you:
Seagulls to your
When Melinda Sword sent us this photo of her quilt with the
seagulls she added to it, we were so impressed we asked her if we
could share this with all our customers. She graciously
agreed. So, here is your
FREE Seagulls pattern add-on.
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Sailboat & Lighthouse pattern
Add these seagulls to your pattern, or to your finished
quilt. See the pattern add-on for instructions.
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purchase the Sailboat & Lighthouse 2 Fabric Applique Quilt
Click on this photo for free instructions:
Case in 3 Seams !!!
Free Pillow Case Pattern
Applique Quilt Borders & Table Runners
patterns suggest putting the applique designs on pillow cases.
If you click on the
photo of Nancy's pillow case, at left, you can see our favorite
method for making a pillow case.
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document, which you can save or print.
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Quilting Ideas for 2 Fabric Applique Quilts (2FAQs)
Ideas & Inspirations
Click on each photo for closer inspection.
Calla Lilies by
Yvonne stitched a single row of quilting
about 1/4" outside the Calla Lilies on the blue fabric, no
quilting inside the flowers. The
blue background is stipple quilted. The white frame is
You have a finished top, you want to have a
finished quilt. But, you need ideas for how to quilt it. Here
are our suggestions, plus examples of how a few of our customers have
enhanced their quilts with very effective quilting. This
should get you started:
- Use wavy, horizontal lines in the background to suggest
clouds, wind or water. To make it more interesting, space these
wavy lines closer together in the bottom third, then gradually
space them further apart as you move up into the sky.
- Using the lines from your pattern page, quilt in a few more
images from the pattern. We call these ghost images,
and depending on the pattern you have used, these could be
leaves, cattails, flower petals, hummingbirds, or stars. Put
them in the background, in the frame, or both. (In this photo you see
more Peacock feathers on the
- Echo quilt, either the entire background, or just in the
outer frame. Space echo quilt lines about 1/2 inch apart.
- Inside the applique, add details to the image. Put veins in
leaves and flower petals, add texture to the
Frog with quilted
circles, dripping wax on the candles. (This photo shows the
detail of a Dragonfly's
- Think about what else lives with the images in your applique
- add quilted snowflakes to the
Snow Lady quilts,
dragonflies on the Frog quilt, a lady bug or two on the
- Use a printed image on your fabric as quilting lines. If the
fabric for your Kimono quilt has fans or cranes on it, quilt
around a few of those, then repeat those images in the
background or frame, in different sizes.
- A grid can suggest a trellis for either the
Grapes or the
Rose Arbor quilts.
For even more quilting ideas and
Grapes by Pat Berry.
purple iridescent fabric!)
Parallel rows of echo quilting
highlight the outer frame. Veins have been quilted in the
grape leaves; no quilting in the grapes.
The background has been cross-hatched.
Giraffe Family by Carole
Echo quilting in the Giraffe and stipple quilting in the dark brown
Notice quilted veins in the leaves, and the wandering feather vine
in the outside frame.
12 Tips for Better Quilt Pics
Click for re-print of Janice's article in American Quilter, fall 2006
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We will be adding additional How-To
and Ideas over time, so check back periodically for new ideas!