Friday, January 26, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Curvy Crosshatching Variation

Today is an adventure in curvy crosshatching done freestyle.

Two weeks ago I started a simple quilt top to do some new free motion doodling on.  I often doodle on scrap fat quarter sandwiches, but this time I wanted something pretty to stitch on.  All these fabrics are gorgeous Island Batiks that are solid-looking from my Island Batik Ambassador boxes.

This quilt is for experimentation and fun and to try out new things I've never done before.  After all, that's what this blog is all about!  I've been doing Christa Watson's design wavy plaid where you stitch curvy lines back and forth and switch directions in points.  I love it because it covers space quickly and is easy to make looks good.  

BUT....this left me wondering what I could do with other S curves.  So I started with an s curve going across my square.

Then I echoed loosely back and forth along the shape not worrying about them being totally consistent in the width between the lines.

Next, I did an S curve connecting opposite corners.

And then loosely echoed that curve.

Here are the results!  I love the way it's curvy and fluid and it looks good even though it's NOT marked and it's NOT perfect.  That makes me sew happy!  It took me less than 10 minutes to stitch out so it was quick and it filled the space prettily too.  BONUS!

Here's a look from the back side.

My first adventure on this new doodle quilt was definitely a success.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I love this! I never stitch a quilt with a totally conventional pattern. If I wanted complete perfection, I would buy a ready made quilt. I like quilts that show personality. No one would be afraid to use your quilt!

  2. This technique looks like a good confidence builder for someone who hasn't tried FMQ yet (. . . me).

  3. Looks like you are having fun with your free-motion quilting!!