Tips for Quilting with Linework Motifs

Single machine embroidery designs are wonderful for quilting and these tips will help!

Quilting does not have to be complicated. Use linework designs to do the quilting for you. The best design types are simple linework: Redwork, blackwork, goldwork.

Henna Flowers from Dianas Dezigns

Some embroiderers do not use stabilizer when stitching on quilt layers (fabric front and back with batting/wadding in between). Test stitch before committing your project to a no-stabilizer technique. If you do need to hoop stabilizer, consider a fabric-type wash-away that can be trimmed close to the stitching and eventually washes away.

Redwork Flowers 5 from Dainty Stitches

Use the same thread in the bobbin as that with which you are stitching to keep the back pretty.

Redwork Flowers 5 from Dainty Stitches

Double up designs to fill up space.

Golden Roses from Stitch Delight

Stitch designs in a row for borders.

Butterfly Redwork from Allstitch

Variegated threads can add interest to linework designs used as block motifs and quilting.

Quick Quilt 5 from Dainty Stitches

Use editing software to remove parts of the design, like block edging. You can also simply skip the edge stitches and embroider the center motif by itself.