Let’s learn how to quilt an easy Four Square quilting design on two very different machines!
Tools and supplies from this quilting tutorial:
Quilting Four Square on a Home Machine
Four Square is a foundational design which means we first set the stage by quilting the straight lines through the center of your quilting space.
On a home machine this was easy to quilt a line straight through the block, then rotate and travel stitch to quilt another line perpendicular to the first.
The second part of the design is to fill the four quadrants, or four squares with repeated lines of echo quilting.
Quilting Four Square on a Longarm Machine
I stitched a much larger quilt block on a bigger scale on my longarm, but the rules of the design and how I stitched it within the block remained the same.
Surprisingly I found this straight line design to be very easy to quilt with free hand free motion quilting. It was harder and slower to quilt with rulers and I made a mistake while quilting an echo that had to be ripped out.
I'm trying out my new Rolling Ruler Foot from the Quilt Perfect Ruler Foot Set. While it's harder to see the needle, I do like the ball bearing base on the foot!
Quilting Four Square All-Over Quilting Style
If you are quilting this design with All-Over Quilting style, you’ll stitch the straight lines all the way across from edge to edge, then fill in each quarter square with echoing lines.
It might sound crazy, but I actually think walking foot quilting on a stationary home sewing machine would be the best choice if you wish to quilt this Four Square design like that.
Walking foot quilting will not be very fast, mind you, but it will help the layers feed evenly and it will be easy to stitch the straight lines across your whole quilt.
I mentioned the Jelly Town Baby Quilt in the video. As you can see this was quilted with Super Spiral but it could just as easily be quilted with Four Square as an All-Over quilting design.
You can find this quilt pattern in the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day.
Where do you plan to use this Four Square quilting design? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Let's go quilt,