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.
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:
And within the piecing:
Varied spacing of straight lines can create some quite interesting texture.
Straight lines create a beautiful contrast and make the trapuntoed quilting motifs really pop.
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.
The double lines of this hatch fill makes for nice texture.
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!
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.
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.
Some of my favorite fill designs are grid designs. I love the symmetry and the texture. This one creates an almost optical illusion.
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!
The diamond geometric grid fill pattern has the spaces filled with radiator fill. A fill in a fill, how about that?
The variegated thread color and random geometric fill adds so much to the background of this fun quilt.
Margaret Solomon Gunn is the master of fill designs. She combines them artistically to create her wonderful quilts.
Which fill design is your favorite? There are so many to choose from!
by Mary Beth Krapil