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"Cross-hatching is a classic quilting pattern that usually requires some serious calculations. But if you're not into math, there is a method for you. Hi, I'm Jennifer Keltner with American Patchwork and Quilting and I'm here today with Vicki Hoth, education coordinator for Handi Quilter." "Hi, Jennifer. It's great to be here again." "I'm glad to have you. We're here in the sewing lab and today we're going to talk about cross hatching, and my favorite part of this is it's the no-math method, is that right?" "That's right. You don't have to think." "Alright. Well, tell us first of all, what is cross-hatching, Vicki?" "Cross-hatching is usually straight lines that cross over to make a grid and it's more of a background design." "Alright, and I noticed on the sample that you have here that that cross hatching is not the same size, it doesn't necessarily, this cross hatch is a little bit bigger squares in this, is that right?" "Right, so if you have a sashing that breaks that up, you can have two different sizes." "Great. Well let's take a look. And show us this no-math method. Now you're sure there's no math involved." "Well, that's right. Here's the quilt, all quilted out and see how even those are?" "Sure." "I didn't have to pull out my calculator." "No equations involved. I'm excited. have to can pop a cap and no equations I'm excited. Let's see how you make it happen." "Alright, so the first thing we want to do is they want to pull out a piece of paper--adding machine tape is great. We're going to find the measurement of this inside area here." "And this is sort of the measurement of the first border that you would have put on this." "It is. I'll mark that, and with my scissors I'll let you go ahead and cut that part off." "Just cut it straight off?" "Straight off. Alright. We're going to take this and we're going to fold it. That's still equal. And fold it again." "You're just folding it in half every time." "Each time. I have still equal measurements and I could keep folding it. Every time I fold it, you know there's a measurement, there's a line I would have to quilt." "Okay." "So for this one, this is all we're going to have quilted." "So, you don't want to get over-ambitious and fold it too many times, because you might have more lines to stitch than you want." "And that's okay if you want a really tight grid. But for this one, this is all the grid we want. And so that's the markings and I've got one already measured and marked out. And I actually marked it with a marker so that we can see those." "Alright. So you have hash marks every time there was a fold in the paper." "That's right. So now we;re going to lay that back down. And with my blue marker--this is a water soluble marker--we're going to mark (that's my first one, we don't have to mark that one because that's the seam line). We'll mark this across." "And you're putting a hash mark that the blue water soluble pen every time you had one on the paper." "That's right Now we need to draw the lines. I have a setting triangle ruler here. I'm going to place my first mark. Even though I haven't marked it, here's my first mark. And we'll put this so it's on the table. I have a plum line with these lines, so I need to make sure they plum up. And the corner's actually a natural plum line for me to mark this first one. Make sure we get that right. And we'll go down again. Now we'll move over, plum up my line along here." "And you're putting the point of the marker on the hash mark every time." "Yes, and move it along. Are you seeing it?" "I'm seeing a little bit of a cross-hatch already starting here." "It's starting to come. One more here--make sure we get that right on the point. Do you see that cross-hatching start as I go across. It would continue on." "Alright." "I have one already marked here. Would you like to pull that out?" "I will. So this one I can see you marked all of the cross hatching here, and the sample that we're working with is actually square, so when you came around the corner, your cross-hatches would be the same size. But what if I didn't? What if I had a rectangle quilt? "Well, you'd definitely have different measurements here than you would here. So the best thing is to find in the corner to make a cornerstone either by doing a different block with an applique or a block that mimics your quilt. Or to put a stencil in here so you actually have a stop line. But if you don't want that we can move over to this where a stencil would work. And put that on there and then it would stop where the stencil is." "And if I didn't do that, if my cross-hatching was different on one side to the other, I would end up here with my lines not coming together." "Kind of what we call a train wreck, that kind of mismatch. So this hides that or camouflages it, so that you don't see that." "Right, nobody wants a train wreck on their quilt." "No, they don't. We're going to start and the best way to do this as you see these little squares. You don't just do a little square and then stop. You want this continuous line of quilting." "Okay, is there anything special I have to do in terms of setting up the machine?" "Yes. What we need is a larger base for the machine and so we have on the machine now is a ruler base. This gives you a bigger platform for your rulers. And then we need a straight line ruler. So we have the Versa-Tool with us today. We're going to place that on here. And we're just going to start quilting. And we're going to quit in a zigzag motion." "So that's how you make a continuous line--you don't stop and start. If this was the edge of a quilt, I wouldn't just stitch a line and stitch off. I would stitch that line and travel over and go back down." "And then when you get to the edge, then you'll break your thread and you'll come back here and you start quilting again." "Alright, so show me how it works." "Alright, I'll do that. And it you have to stop to adjust your ruler, the best place to stop would be in the cross section, because if you have a little jog you're not going to see it so much as you would on the straight line across." "And you're using the edge of the ruler really as a guide for the machine to go straight." "Okay, we're ready to change directions and we'll just move on out this way." "I hope every enjoys trying this cross-hatch method at home. Now let's keep working." "Let's get back to work, Jennifer."