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Geometric Quilting Designs

Basic shapes like circles and squares are the common quilting design used in these standout quilts. Browse our gallery of geometric quilting designs for ideas and tips from our machine-quilters.

Girly Swirls

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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See How: Geometric Designs

Learn three quick and easy techniques for creating geometric quilting designs that lend a modern feel to your quilt.

Straight and Arrow

Natalia Bonner machine-quilted loops and circles across the center of the quilt top and stitched parallel chevron shapes in the middle and outer borders.

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Nordic Snowflakes

Angela Walters scattered star designs across the red tone-on-tone background and filled the remaining background area with swirl, pebble, and zigzag patterns. 

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Lorre Fleming machine-quilted an allover Orange Peel design on the quilt.

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Double the Fun

Handi Quilter educator Vicki Hoth machine-quilted an intersecting grid design in the background of the quilt to balance the circle applique shapes.

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Stamp of Approval

Tracey Fisher machine-quilted parallel lines about 1" apart in the solid blue pieces, extending the stitching out into the border. She stitched an Orange Peel design of interlocking circles in the assorted print squares.

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Points of Pride

Machine-quilter Connie Gresham echo-quilted the blue print section of each block and stitched a curl-and-ray design in the remaining areas.

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