The Free Motion Quilting Project: Machine Quilting the Basket Weave Quilt

Monday, May 23, 2016

Machine Quilting the Basket Weave Quilt

Last week I received my Quilty Box for May and designed a beautiful new quilt using the 10 fat quarters in the box. This week I've shared a new video on how to machine quilt the Basket Weave quilt with a super easy, beginner level design!

Click Here to find the video on machine quilting the Basket Weave Quilt

This is quite possibly one of the easiest quilt patterns I've ever designed, and I really love the combination of straight lines and circles I quilted over the surface.

When planning the quilting design, I looked closely at the quilt and asked myself what I wanted to emphasize. The woven lines of fabric are my favorite part of this quilt pattern, so I knew I wanted to quilt a simple design into those spaces.

The simplest machine quilting design in the world is straight lines so that became an easy choice for the printed fabrics.

The background spaces were nice open spaces and could have been quilted with a wide range of designs. If you wanted to challenge yourself to try lots of different designs in one quilt, this would be a great space to try it!

I decided to fill those background spaces with rings of concentric circles that I quilted in free motion. However, you'll have to watch the video to see how I cheated a bit to make machine quilting these circles much, much easier!

Another idea I had while filming the video was to combine some big stitch hand quilting as well. If you didn't like the circles, or they were too challenging for you to quilt in free motion, you could always stitch them by hand instead. I've marked a handful of spaces that I will stitch by hand just for fun.

So what do you think about combining different forms of quilting? Do you feel most comfortable with walking foot quilting or free motion quilting? Have you ever tried hand quilting?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Such pretty fabrics. The circles quilting looks so cute :)

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like it!

  2. I am combining different quilting forms in my WIP. I used the sewing machine's stipling stitch (which I like but seems a bit small), walking foot for the stitch in the ditches and borders and FMQing on certain pieces.
    I will even employ applique because that is how I cover up my boffoo mistakes - throwing thread at it!

  3. I'm late in the game to see this fun pattern! You mention stitching in the ditch, but I can see the order in which you do this. Any tips?


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