On Monday I showed you some close up pics of the diamonds I quilted in the sashing strips of my William Morris quilt. As a reminder, here they are:

Half square triangle quilt with free motion quilted diamond sashingI thought you might like to stitch this design on one of your own quilts, so I’m going to show you how I did it without breaking thread. I quilted it on a 2″ wide sashing strip, but this design is so versatile that it can be adjusted to use in almost any size strip. It can also be done on your longarm or domestic machine.

You will need to do some marking (I know!), but it’s not too bad. I started by putting tick marks every two inches down the sashing strip. I marked 2 inches because it worked well with the size of the blocks on either side of my strips.

Then I began stitching in the upper left hand corner of the strip. It’s easy for me to go from left to right – you might want to start on the other end of the strip. It really doesn’t matter.

You will stitch a diagonal line to the first mark on the bottom of the sashing, then up to the next mark on the top of the sashing. Continue stitching, aiming for every other tick mark.

I used my ruler base and a straight ruler to guide me when stitching the straight lines.

TIP: If using a ruler, don’t  align the ruler right on the mark. You should place it 1/4″ away from the mark, to allow for the width of the ruler foot on your machine. I got really good at eyeballing it – almost all my lines landed right on the marks I made.

Once you’re at the end of the strip, stitch up (or down) to the opposite corner and work your way back:

Now is when the fun begins! You will now stitch straight lines back and forth, filling in the area between the diamonds you have just made. I did this freehand with no rulers. It’s easier to see what I’m talking about in the pic below.

In the example above, I started at the bottom of the sashing and sewed back and forth to the top. Then I traveled to the next area and stitched my way to the bottom of the sashing strip.

Continue in this way until you reach the end of the strip.

And that’s it! You can do the entire strip without ever having to stop and cut or bury threads. That’s my kind of quilting design!

If you give this a try I’d love to see it! You can email a pic or tag #cookingupquilts on Instagram.

Have fun!