A few people asked me for more information on how I quilted my “Geese in the Forest Quilt“, so I thought it would be easiest to do a little tutorial. I drew my method out on paper, so you can see my thought process.
My suggestions for doing ultra-wavy line quilting:
• Use the walking foot on your machine
• Spray baste your layers together. I spray basted “Science Fair” and it turned out much smoother than “Geese in the Forest”, which I pin basted. I normally pin baste, but I won’t if I use this method again.
• My lines were between 1/2″-1″ apart. Variety in width is encouraged and creates more interest, so don’t worry about your lines all being an exact width apart.
• Take lots of breaks! You are really using your upper body with this type of quilting, since you need to move and turn the entire quilt through the machine.
• If you are hesitant to get started, draw your pattern out on paper first.
Below is an example of how I might quilt with wavy lines. Each time will be different, but you can get an idea of steps to take.
Start by sewing a somewhat wavy line near the center of your quilt.
Echo quilt your wavy line several times.
Start echo quilting your original line again, but this time veer off in an different direction partway through.
Fill in the negative space you created by sewing lines going in a different direction than the original lines.
Draw a really wavy line below your first set of lines.
Fill in the left side with lines echoing the new line and ending at the old line.
Echo your lines on the right side, but this time turn your quilt before you intersect the old line and sew back out to the edge, making a wood-grain effect.
You are aiming for variety in your waves and lines, so you don’t want to fill in spaces the same way every time.
Now, echo quilt your arched line several times, working your way towards the lower edge.
Fill-in the space that is left with shorter lines that intersect with your arch.
Sew another wavy line near the center of your quilt.
Echo the line several times.
I always like each line to be echoed several times to give it weight. You never want a single lone line in your quilt with no echoing.
Start to echo your original line and then split the negative space in half.
Fill-in the inner half of the negative space with echoing lines.
Fill in the outer half of the negative space with wood grain lines.
Sew a wavy line that stars by echoing and then veers off in a different direction.
Fill in the space created with echo lines.
You have a single lone line, so make sure you echo it several times to give it more weight.
Divide your negative space again by sewing a line that starts off as an echo and then veers off in another direction.
Fill in the negative space with echo quilting.
Continue to fill in the remaining space with echo quilting.
You are done! Bind, wash and enjoy after soaking your aching back and arms in a hot bath. Oh, and send me a photo!