One more super easy and super fun echo quilting design and I promise to stop. (Maybe) But can you see how echoing is a essential skill for a free motion quilter? It is a must-have in your tool box.
This design was originated by my good friend and Handi Quilter Ambassador, Helen Godden. Helen quilts free-motion on the HQ Capri. If you don’t already follow her on social media, you should! She is a wealth of fabulous ideas and techniques. You can find her here:
She calls this design “Roadmaps”. That’s an appropriate name since you create a roadmap for yourself and then echo quilt. It’s really that simple!
I love the look you get with swirls.
Choose your favorite removable marking tool. Chalk, Handi Iron-Off Pencils, water soluble marker, air soluble marker…. There are lots to choose from. Just be sure to test, to make sure the marks will come out once you’re finished quilting.
Create your roadmap
Draw a swirl.
Add another swirl. And one more.
Keep going until you fill up your space.
Now you have your roadmap.
Start at the beginning with your first swirl. Echo quilt next to one side of the swirl. Which side you choose does not matter. Use the side of your machine’s foot to glide along your drawn line. This will give you even spacing.
When you come to the end of your first swirl, swing around the tip.
And start quilting the other side of your marked line. When you encounter another swirl, keep going next to that swirl.
Keep going and keep going and eventually you will wind up finishing back where you started. Once finished, you can remove your roadmap.
You are left with a beautiful echo quilting design!
So fun and so easy and so very beautiful! I like to use this design for all-over quilting, for background filling, or to fill busy blocks.
Here is one I quilted out.
Here’s a close-up, but it’s a little hard to see my blue water soluble marks. I was able to see them fine for quilting.
I quilted this piece of fabric to use for a bag project. Why buy pre-quilted fabric, when you can quilt your own?
I like using the foam headliner material in place of batting for bags. Bosal In-R-Form and By Annie’s Soft and Stable are a couple of brand names for the product. I load it just like I would load a backing fabric. Then baste the top fabric on, and quilt away. It creates beautiful texture and gives your bag nice form.
I’m planning to have some fun with my couching foot on this. So the echo design is perfect for some quilting and a backdrop for my couching.
I’ll share the rest of my process in another post. For now, Have fun echoing one more!
by Mary Beth Krapil