Straight Line Quilting my Friendship Star Quilt


I’ve been sewing, and sewing, and sewing but I’m not finished yet. This is my friendship star quilt that I’m making using the blocks I made with my easy Friendship Star Block Tutorial. The fabrics are from the Grace collection by Anna Griffin. Aren’t they gorgeous?

And I have a silly confession. I used a lot of starch on this quilt top in my final pressing. Magic Premium Starch brand to be exact and it’s got a really strong floral perfume scent. I’m not recommending (or not-recommending it) it, I just have to say that every time I sit down to work on this quilt I see flowers and smell flowers and it’s quite an experience!

As you can see, I chose to do straight line quilting. I really love the way straight line quilting looks and I enjoy doing it so it’s a double-win for me. When I look at my quilt, it reminds me of a song. Like the quilting is this rhythmic beat and the piecing is the melody. I know, it sounds crazy.

I use the seam lines in my piecing as guides and sometimes measure my distance from the nearest seam to make sure I’m not getting too far off track. Here are my tips for doing straight line quilting 4 different ways!

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Lori Michel says:

    Love the floral quilt, yes I too will not use the floral spray. But I love the straight line quilting, can you add a quilt bar to your lever? That is what I use for my spacing……

  2. This is beautiful! I will be doing the same quilting on a little footstool cover for my mom today.

  3. Lorna McMahon says:

    Good for you choosing to the straight line quilting. It is very time intensive, but gives such beautiful results. Of course, if the floral smell is that intoxicating, who wouldn’t want to spend as much time as possible working on it?!!

  4. Your straight line quilting is awe inspiring! I haven’t tried it yet…but really like how it looks!

  5. I started straight line recently and found it harder than I expected. Rolling, folding etc. to get in my machine. I seemed to recall reading somewhere that you were supposed to alternate the direction of the lines – so I am curious to see how doing one half in each direction would work out for me. I did not find the walking foot that successful. I must be doing a lot wrong. LOL I had a guide also, which did help. Yours looks great! Encourages me to try again.

  6. Hi Caroline – I took your advice and tried a little more. Just want to finish it at this point. I took off the walking foot. Seems okay so far. Will have a little rip and repeat for sure, but worth it for practice I guess. It seemed to be the tension on the back that was giving me trouble. It’s a couch size, not bed size, thank heavens. I just love the quilt itself and may even keep it for myself – a first! Thanks for the extra push I needed.

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