Yesterday I talked about the cross hatch design I used on the most recent quilt I worked on, and told you I would share my quilting path in order to avoid starts/stops. So, here it is. 🙂
The block in the quilt measured 8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. Because the diagonal measured longer than the straight ruler I had, I marked a line on each diagonal to align the ruler. These marks will not be necessary if your ruler is long enough to extend diagonally from corner to corner.
TIP: Remember when using a ruler and ruler foot for quilting, the stitch line will be 1/4″ away from the edge of the ruler. Be sure to place the ruler 1/4″ from the diagonal line you have drawn so the stitching will be on the line and start/end in each corner and not a quarter inch to the side of the corner.
You can start in any corner you wish. I chose to start stitching in the bottom right corner, probably because I’m right-handed and it just made sense to me to start there.
Begin stitching on the first diagonal line, following the direction of the arrows in the photo. When you get to the edge of the block, travel down the seam line to start the next diagonal line. In the quilt I did, I spaced the lines 3/4″ apart. Continue stitching the lines and traveling in the seam lines until you reach the opposite corner. See the star in the bottom left corner? That is where the stitching will end for the first section. You can see you are ready to start stitching on the second diagonal line.
The next section is quilted the same as the first, and will end on the right side (where the two ** stars are.) You will be traveling in the seam on the travel lines previously stitched along the bottom of the block.
You are now ready to stitch the top half of the block.
Starting where the double stars are shown on the right of the block, stitch Section 3 as shown in the photo below.
The third section ends where the three *** stars are shown in the photo below – top right corner. To begin stitching the last of the design, travel along the seam line to the next starting point (shown in the upper right hand corner below).
The design will end in the opposite corner from where you started.
This is an easy way to cross hatch an entire block without a lot of traveling or starts/stops. I hope my explanation of how I stitch this design is helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions!