The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 258 - Wiggly Woven Lines

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 258 - Wiggly Woven Lines

Yesterday's Echo Shortcut seems to be a big hit! It's always nice to find ways to make designs easier and more fun to stitch.

Today's design is a simple variation of Woven Lines. Instead of straight lines, let's let our hair down with Wiggly Woven Lines!

free motion quilting | Leah DayYou know you have too many basted quilts laying around when you run out of basting pins! Hot Cast is on the table and half basted, but before I can finish her, I'm going to have to quilt something else in order to get enough pins.

I think I'll just run the stitch in the ditch lines over Batik Beauty and the Super Quick Quilt. By stitching in the ditch around the blocks I can secure them in place and be able to take all the pins out. I may even get those two quilts quilted as well!

A great sashing design to use in these quilts would be Wiggly Woven Lines or Woven Lines. It's simple, easy to stitch, and really perfectly intended to go into the sashing of a quilt. Because the photo above isn't a great guide, here's the graph I made of Woven Lines a few weeks ago:

free motion quilting | Leah DaySo Wiggly Woven Lines would simply be a curvy version of this. Let's learn how to quilt it!

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UPDATED - Joyce asked in the comments of this design how I would work this design around corners, so I stitched another small sample to show you two different ways of dealing with corners:

free motion quilting | Leah DayThe first, outer corner is create by spacing your wiggly triangles so you're at the upper side of the sashing as you turn the corner. Just wiggly across, creating a small triangle in the corner, then continue creating wiggly triangles down the other way.

While this method works, I personally like the second version better. In this situation I started in the corner, wiggling straight from corner to corner, then stitched off in one direction down the sashing with my wiggly triangles, filled them as I came back, then stitched off in the other direction.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is really easy, especially if you put it into a long, narrow area like your sashing. After all, how hard is it to stitch wiggly lines?!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design starts with curvy angled lines running back and forth across your quilting space to form triangle shapes. You then go in and echo those wiggly lines running in one direction on one side, then the opposite direction on the other side to create this woven effect.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. The nice thing about this design is it creates a diagonal texture because the wiggly lines are angled. It's slightly different from most 2 directional designs and a good choice if you're wanting something a little different in your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - Sashing and borders are a great choice for this design. I'd really love to see this one stitched next to a very graphic, straight line design like Circuit Board. The contrast between textures would be really interesting to see!

Back of Wiggly Woven Lines
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I like this one a lot, too, Leah. Looks fairly "doable" for me! I really appreciate your suggestions for WHERE on the quilt you would use a technique like that. Very helpful for a newbie. :-) (I did link back to you today.)

  2. How would you work this design around the corner on a border?

  3. Running out of pins to baste with doesn't mean you have to finish any means you need to go to the store and buy some more pins. You obviously don't have enough pins!

  4. Joyce - Check out this post again. I updated it with a new photo of this design stitched out over a corner in two different ways just for you!


    Leah Day

  5. I think the videocast is a wonderful idea as long as it's fun for you....can't wait to try the wiggly woven lines in a border. I agree that the second version looks nicer at the corner. Keep up the good work...this site is one of the first I check each day. Thanks so much.

  6. Leah your timing is perfect. I just completed piecing two baby quilts for my neice's boys and was struggling to find a good fill stitch for the sashing. Love this one and will try it. Thanks for all the great ideas on your blog.


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