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How to Machine Quilt Squares and Rectangles

Squares and rectangles are common in quilting -- Angela Walters demonstrates a geometric design that's easily adaptable to different sizes.

 

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Hi I'm Linda Augsburg from American Patchwork & Quilting and I'm here today with Angela Walters who is the ambassador for Handi Quilter and we're going to talk a little bit today about how to quilt a square in your design; now whether that's the full block or whether that's part of it, you've got some good design tips for us. Absolutely. Well squares are the most common shaped quilt blocks there are whether it's traditional, modern, art quilts, there's a lot of square shaped blocks, or blocks with square components. And the design I'm going to show you is a nice geometric design which is really fast and easy to quilt and it requires no marking which is great. Now it might look a little modern because it's more geometric but this is an Amish style quilt that I'm using it on so it shows that you can use it on traditional quilts or modern quilts, I don't think you get more traditional than an Amish quilt, right? Right! Can you show us the rectangles too? Absolutely. So here this is a quick little sample that shows you the design in a rectangle shape, so once you know how shape goes together you can adapt it for different blocks. Great. Can you show me how to make it? Absolutely. So here I've already quilted out a square, so we're pretending this is whatever shape square block you're working with and you're going to start in one corner, it doesn't matter which one it just kind of depends on how you find yourself coming across into the block, and you're going to quilt a line diagonal to the opposite corner. ?Now when I quilt diagonal lines I always use a ruler especially made for machine quilting because it's a thicker acrylic and Handi Quilter has these available for sale on their website. I'm going to quilt that line diagonally carefully to the other corner, like this. Now from that point I'm going to travel along the bottom of the block, oh travel, I know traveling, don't stress out about it if you use a thread color that matches it's going to look fine. And then when you get to that other corner and basically I'm just quilting a large X from corner to corner. So far so good, right? Exactly. Now from there now you have these different triangles, I'm going to work my way across and what I'm going to do is quilt from here to there, going about ? inch or an inch away from that corner. And I think a lot of us would have stopped at that X. Yep, and you can keep adding to it, now if you're working from a sit down machine to your sewing machine you can actually use a walking foot if you're on your sewing machine to keep those lines straight. You can do this on any kind of machine, not just a long arm. But I'm just going from point to point. Now what's cool about this it can work on blocks of all shapes so let's say you're working on a small block well then maybe you just do one round, if you're working with a bigger block you can add more rows you can just keep going around and around. Or if you don't want to just do straight lines, you can throw in some free motion quilting in these little spaces, you can even come in here and add a ribbon candy or swirl or really whatever you like, here I'm doing a figure eight wishbone type design and working my way across. So I can put pebbles in there, or I can put any kind of swirls in there to kind of play up the design, exactly, depending on how much space you have. And if you have a quilt with different size blocks you can do this in all of them just add more lines. That's great, this seems like a great pattern to add to my collection of-How do I quilt this quilt. Absolutely. Thanks so much Angela! We hope this has inspired you to try on one of your own quilts.