How to Machine-Quilt 7 Common Quilt Blocks
Learn how to quilt popular blocks on a domestic sewing machine. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to re-create these quilting designs!
Log Cabin: Straight Line
Diagonal lines quilted the same distance apart in a V shape create chevron designs across a quilt block or top.
Log Cabin: Wavy Lines
Stitching continuous wavy lines in a free-form manner gives a sense of movement across the quilt and sharply contrasts the linear design of the Log Cabin blocks.
Four-Patch: Wavy Lines
Wavy lines alternating horizontally then vertically in adjoining squares are often referred to as a ribbon candy design.
Four-Patch: Orange Peel
Intersecting diagonal lines stitched across a quilt top make up the framework for curved leaves that are often referred to as a Orange Peel design.
Diagonal lines that intersect across a quilt block or top are often referred to as a crosshatch design.
Nine-Patch: Orange Peel
Rail Fence: Echo
Quilting 1⁄4" away from the seam lines echoes the lines created by the fabric pieces and seams. Continuing to stitch into adjacent rectangles without cutting threads allows you to sew more quickly.
Rail Fence: Orange Peel
An allover meandering or puzzle quilting design is commonly called stippling. It involves a series of random curves closely spaced where lines do not cross.
Strips: Straight Lines
Stitching horizontal lines across vertical seams creates a plaidlike effect. Vary your stitch length to add interest. On this quilt top the stitch length varies from 2.5–4.0 millimeters.
Strips: More Straight Lines
Stitching diagonal lines through squares and rectangles adds interest to a bricklike quilt top design.
Flying Geese: Echo
Quilting 1⁄4" away from the seam lines echoes the lines created by the fabric pieces and seams. Continuing to stitch into an adjacent Flying Geese block without cutting threads allows you to sew more quickly.