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Free Machine Quilting Designs

Need ideas for quilting your quilt top? Get free quilt patterns with full-size quilting patterns from Handi Quilter.

Purple Play

Inspired by Pattern Play from designer Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics

Fabrics: Lola by Studio 8, Matrix and Quilting Temptations collections, all from Quilting Treasures

Machine quilter: Vicki Hoth for Handi Quilter

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Purple Play Quilting Diagram

Handi Quilter educator Vicki Hoth added an edge-to-edge Baptist Fan quilting design. To contrast the modern, straight-line piecing, she chose a very traditional quilting design. Vicki says, "The curves of the Baptist Fan soften the hard lines of the braidlike piecing."

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Sailing Ships

Inspired by Lost at Sea from designer Annette Plog

Fabrics: Tangier Ikat collection by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit

Machine quilter: Marie Eldredge for Handi Quilter

 

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Sailing Ships Quilting Diagram

Handi Quilter educator Marie Eldredge machine-quilted a cluster of feathers over each circular motif in the outer borde. She highlighted the large triangles and small cream triangles in each Lost Ship block with simpler feathers and connected the triangles with stitched arcs. By using two layers of batting and not stitching in the orange or orange-and-pink small triangles, Marie made those areas stand out.

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Girly Swirls

Inspired by Swirls and Whirls from designer Sherri McConnell

Fabrics: Paisley Please collection by Jacqueline Savage McFee for Camelot Fabrics

Machine quilters: Vicki Hoth and Marie Eldredge for Handi Quilter

 

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Girly Swirls Quilting Diagram

Using a 3×12" straight-line long-arm quilting ruler to keep their lines perfect, Handi Quilter studio educators Vicki Hoth and Marie Eldredge stitched pairs of concentric lines behind the pinwheels so the pinwheels look like spinning fan blades. While most of the quilting was done in white thread, coral thread was used in some areas for contrast. They stitched a Greek-key design in the inner border and a continuous chevron in the outer border to finish the piece with a flourish.

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Double the Fun

Inspired by Ring Around from designer Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic

Fabrics: Urban Oasis collection by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex

Machine quilter: Vicki Hoth for Handi Quilter

 

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Double the Fun Quilting Diagram

Handi Quilter educator Vicki Hoth machine-quilted curved-line motifs, including feathers, ribbon candy, arcs, and lines that follow the fabric motifs inside each circle appliqué 

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Radiating Diamonds

Inspired by A Different Path from designer Kathie Holland

Fabrics: Tea House collection by Benartex

Machine quilters: Marie Eldredge and Angie Balling for Handi Quilter

 

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Radiating Diamonds Quilting Diagram

To visually connect the light print block backgrounds, Handi Quilter educators Marie Eldredge and Angie Balling machine-quilted continuous designs of feathers in the light blue print and metallic gold swirls (which pick up on the metallic accents in the fabric) in the white and tan prints. With clear monofilament thread, they stitched just outside each arc appliqué and continued that stitching in a small curve near the point of the adjacent arc appliqués.

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Where the Heart Is

Inspired by Row Houses from designer Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip

Fabrics: Deco collection by Makower UK for Andover Fabrics

Machine quilters: Vicki Hoth, Marie Eldredge, Cheryl Duncan, and Angie Balling for Handi Quilter

 

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Where the Heart Is Quilting Diagram

A team of Handi Quilter Studio Educators used interpretive quilting (taking inspiration from the fabrics used in the quilt). They stitched swaying lines in the grass-and-leaf background and spirals in the circle print outer border.

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Poppy Fields

Inspired by Haberdashery from designers Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

Fabrics: Silvia’s Garden collection by Silvia Vassileva and the Terra collection, both for P&B Textiles

Machine quilter: Vicki Hoth for Handi Quilter

 

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Poppy Fields Quilting Diagram

Handi Quilter Educator Vicki Hoth wanted to lend a modern flair to this quilt. She used the mottled cream setting squares to showcase stunning curved and cross quilting designs. She stabilized the blocks and setting triangles by stitching in the ditch around them, then added a variety of computerized motifs with the Pro-Stitcher. 

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What a Hoot Throw

Inspired by Wise Guy from designer Holly Hickman

Fabrics: Les Amis by Patty Sloniger, Cotton Couture, It's a Boy Thing, and Cream Puff collections, all from Michael Miller Fabrics

Machine Quilters: Vicki Hoth and Marie Eldredge for Handi Quilter

 

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What a Hoot Throw Quilting Diagram

For the machine quilting, Vicki Hoth of Handi Quilter chose contrasting straight lines and curves, repeating variations of the chevron motif for a cohesive design. The chevron appears in the owl belly and beak and in the outer border. Curvy designs, such as the overall background feathers, side-by-side ovals around the owl belly, and spirals in the owl eyes, soften the geometric angles created by the chevrons.

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