Last week we saw some great examples for stipple and pebbles on the quilts at the AQS Quiltweek Show in Daytona Beach, FL. This week we’ll explore even more fill designs and get an idea how they can be used effectively. So let’s dive right in.

Straight Lines

I think the next most popular fill design is simple straight lines. These create great contrast with anything curvy and it is easy to get the right size contrast with straight lines by their spacing. This quilt by Claudia Scheja uses straight lines in multiple places for a great effect of contrast with the circular applique and curved piecing.

In the border:

Spring Thinng by Claudia Scheja of Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany AQS Daytona 2020

Spring Thing
by Claudia Scheja
of Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

And within the piecing:

Spring Thinng by Claudia Scheja of Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany AQS Daytona 2020

detail Spring Thinng
by Claudia Scheja
of Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Spring Thinng by Claudia Scheja of Werne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany AQS Daytona 2020

Congratulations!

Varied spacing of straight lines can create some quite interesting texture.

Sheer Joy by Shirley Gisi of Colorado Springs, CO AQS Daytona 2020

detail Sheer Joy
by Shirley Gisi
of Colorado Springs, CO

Sheer Joy by Shirley Gisi of Colorado Springs, CO AQS Daytona 2020

Sheer Joy
by Shirley Gisi
of Colorado Springs, CO

Straight lines create a beautiful contrast and make the trapuntoed quilting motifs really pop.

Paradise of Flowers and Fountains by Naomi Ootomo of Todashi, Saitama, Japan AQS Daytona 2020

detail Paradise of Flowers and Fountains
by Naomi Ootomo
of Todashi, Saitama, Japan

Paradise of Flowers and Fountains by Naomi Ootomo of Todashi, Saitama, Japan AQS Dayton 2020

detail Paradise of Flowers and Fountains
by Naomi Ootomo
of Todashi, Saitama, Japan

Paradise of Flowers and Fountains by Naomi Ootomo of Todashi, Saitama, Japan AQS Daytona 2020

Paradise of Flowers and Fountains
by Naomi Ootomo
of Todashi, Saitama, Japan

Paradise of Flowers and Fountains by Naomi Ootomo of Todashi, Saitama, Japan AQS Daytona 2020

Congratulations!

Hatch

Straight lines can also create hatch fill designs. Hatch fills are a classic fill. Think of all the Sun Bonnet Sue quilts you have seen. What is quilted behind Sue? Cross hatch. This triptych quilt is much more modern but uses hatch fills to great advantage.

Respite by Sandy Curran of Newport News, VA AQS Daytona 2020

detail Respite
by Sandy Curran
of Newport News, VA

Respite by Sandy Curran of Newport News, VA AQS Daytona 2020

Respite
by Sandy Curran
of Newport News, VA

The double lines of this hatch fill makes for nice texture.

Chocolate Fantasy by Linda Fleschner of North Fon du Lac, WI AQS Daytona 2020

Chocolate Fantasy
by Linda Fleschner
of North Fon du Lac, WI

Chocolate Fantasy by Linda Fleschner of North Fon du Lac, WI AQS Daytona 2020

Chocolate Fantasy
by Linda Fleschner
of North Fon du Lac, WI

You saw this quilt by Marilyn Badger last week. It has some nice cross hatching that follows the lines of the plaid fabric. A very nice quiet design choice for a kind of loud fabric. There’s contrast!

detail of Christmas in St Andrews by Marilyn Badger of St George, UT AQS Daytona 2020

detail Christmas in St Andrews
by Marilyn Badger
of St George, UT

detail of Christmas in St Andrews by Marilyn Badger of St George, UT AQS Daytona 2020

Christmas in St Andrews
by Marilyn Badger
of St George, UT

Basket Weave

A bit of a take-off on hatch designs are basket weave fill designs. Basket weave can create interest in an otherwise dull part of a quilt. This is another gorgeous Marilyn Badger quilt.

Midnight in Morocco by Marilyn Badger of St George, UT AQS Daytona 2020

detail Midnight in Morocco
by Marilyn Badger
of St George, UT

 

Midnight in Morocco by Marilyn Badger of St George, UT AQS Daytona 2020

Midnight in Morocco
by Marilyn Badger
of St George, UT

Midnight in Morocco by Marilyn Badger of St George, UT AQS Daytona 2020

Congratulations Again!

This design looks kind of like a basket weave to me. Maybe a “modern” basket weave? This quilt was one of my favorites of the whole show. I love how Cindy used circles to create her self-portrait.

My Big Face by Cindy Stohn of Chandler, AZ AQS Daytona 2020

detail My Big Face
by Cindy Stohn
of Chandler, AZ

My Big Face by Cindy Stohn of Chandler, AZ AQS Daytona 2020

My Big Face
by Cindy Stohn
of Chandler, AZ

My Big Face by Cindy Stohn of Chandler, AZ AQS Daytona 2020

detail My Big Face
by Cindy Stohn
of Chandler, AZ

Geometric Grids

Some of my favorite fill designs are grid designs. I love the symmetry and the texture. This one creates an almost optical illusion.

Venus by Rosani Ganc of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil AQS Daytona 2020

detail Venus
by Rosani Ganc
of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Venus by Rosani Ganc of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil AQS Daytona 2020

Venus
by Rosani Ganc
of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

A unique combination of grid design and stipple. Love! I’m sorry to say I do not know the name of this quilt nor the maker. My apologies!

maker unknown AQS Daytona 2020

maker unknown

The diamond geometric grid fill pattern has the spaces filled with radiator fill. A fill in a fill, how about that?

Dangerous Liaisons by Cristina Arcenegui Bono of Alcala de Guadaira, Spain

detail Dangerous Liaisons
by Cristina Arcenegui Bono
of Alcala de Guadaira, Spain

Dangerous Liaisons by Cristina Arcenegui Bono of Alcala de Guadaira, Spain AQS Daytona 2020

Dangerous Liaisons
by Cristina Arcenegui Bono
of Alcala de Guadaira, Spain

Random Geometric

The variegated thread color and random geometric fill adds so much to the background of this fun quilt.

15 Warthogs by Marilyn Smith of Columbia, MO AQS Daytona 2020

detail 15 Warthogs
by Marilyn Smith
of Columbia, MO

 

15 Warthogs by Marilyn Smith of Columbia, MO AQS Daytona 2020

15 Warthogs
by Marilyn Smith
of Columbia, MO

Margaret Solomon Gunn is the master of fill designs. She combines them artistically to create her wonderful quilts.

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME AQS Daytona 2020

The Value of Violet
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
of Gorham, ME

 

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME AQS Daytona2020

detail The Value of Violet
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
of Gorham, ME

 

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME AQS Daytona 2020

detail The Value of Violet
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
of Gorham, ME

 

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME AQS Daytona

detail The Value of Violet
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
of Gorham, ME

 

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME AQS Daytona 2020

Congratulations Again!

 

Which fill design is your favorite? There are so many to choose from!

 

by Mary Beth Krapil