Echoing Designs start with a basic shape, then travel stitch and echo that shape repeatedly. You fill your quilting space by quilting more and more clusters of shapes and echoes all around.
Pivoting Designs are very similar, but they start with a shape, then pivot off the starting point to echo, creating a bit more thread play right around the starting area.
Recently I was thinking about Echoing Designs and wondering if there was a way to make them even easier. What if you created the shape, then pivoted, and widened the space between the lines slowly?
It's a bit of a cheat, but it works much easier, and look terrific on the surface of the quilt. Let's learn how to quilt it!
Inspiration - I was looking at Echo Shell, one of the very first designs from this project, and usually one of the first designs I teach to beginning quilters. I wanted to see if there was an even easier design I could teach and I think I've found it with Echo Shortcut!
Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is much easier than Echo Shell because you don't have to travel stitch to create space for your echo. It can be hard to stitch right over your stitching lines in free motion when you first get started
Filler Design Type - Echoing. Technically it's a mix of Echoing and Pivoting (shall we call it Pichoing? or Ecviting? Ha!) but it works most like an echoing design so that's the category I'm sticking it in for now. I'm curious to see how many designs I can come up with this new model. It might just be a new design type of it's own!
Directional Texture - All Directions. This really has a funky texture and it's quite different from Echo Shell. I love how changing one small thing can change a design completely!
Suggestions for Use - This is super easy and very fast to quilt, so I would experiment with this one over the surface of your whole quilt. If you've never free motion quilted before, this would be a great design to start with!
Back of Echo Shortcut
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