Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Board & Batten - "ele" Quilting Design

Does your quilt have a regular, repeating pieced grid?  Then I have a great quilting design for you!

When I am deciding what quilting design to use on a quilt and I decide that an all over design works best, I look at the piecing of the quilt.  If the quilt has a piecing grid (meaning that there is the same size block or unit repeating across the quilt), then I try to use this grid in my quilting.

This grid keeps the quilting spaced and consistent.  Plus there is no marking :)

Board & Batten has a grid design (each square is either a solid fabric or a half square triangle) so I used this grid to create a fun and quick quilting design.

"ele" Quilting Design

The "ele" quilting design I used for Board & Batten runs vertically in the quilt top, but was actually quilted in my machine left to right like a typewriter.  

I started the design off the left hand side of the quilt (so no thread burying, yippee) and quilted the following pattern:

1. Quilted a cursive "ele" in the first block.
2. Crossed downward through the grid seam intersection.
3. Quilted an upside down "ele" in the second block (the second block is one block to the right and one block down from the first block)
4. Crossed upwards through the grid seam intersection. 

I continued this pattern all the way to the other side of the quilt and ended off the quilt (again no thread burying).  Then, like a typewriter, I moved the quilt to start the next row of quilting.

Here is a short video showing the quilting across a section of the quilt.

My quilting is far from perfect, but always aiming for the seam intersections kept the spacing of the design consistent and look more even then it really is.

Here is how the quilting looked in the finished quilt:

I love this design due to the impact this quilting gives with no marking and no thread burying.  The next time you are trying to figure out how to quilt your quilt, if your design has a grid, try something like this :)

If you want to make your own Board & Batten, you can get a copy:

Board & Batten - Digital Version

Board & Batten - Printed Version

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  1. The video was especially helpful! I'm new at free-motion quilting and will give this a try!

    1. I am so glad the video was helpful!


  2. Thank you so much for the video. I like curvy quilting on angular blocks and no marking is such a bonus. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. This is a great suggestion and the video is really helpful for illustrating how you quilted the design. Fantastic!

  4. Very clever! I do a lot of charity quilting and am always looking for simple, but nice, designs like this.

  5. That is a perfect quilting design! Thanks for sharing your method.

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