How to Machine Quilt Pinstripe Matrix Maze

What happens when you combine two funky zigzag machine quilting designs together? Something fun! Learn how to machine quilt Pinstripe Matrix Maze with both walking foot quilting and longarm ruler quilting in this new tutorial:

Quick Links to quilting tools and supplies in this tutorial:

Slice quilting ruler

Slice Quilting Ruler

Grace Qnique Longarm

Grace Qnique Longarm

Machine Quilting Ruler

Basic Ruler Kit

Explore Walking Foot Quilting

Tips for Quilting Pinstripe Matrix Maze with Walking Foot Quilting

The first step to quilting this design is to stitch a simple zigzag line. The next step is to echo quilt ¼-inch away from this line to create the pinstripe effect. With my walking foot, I used a guide and a ruler to space the pinstriped lines 1 inch apart. This creates a noticeable gap between the sets of pinstripes and adds a touch of elegance to the design.

How to quilt Pinstripe Matrix Maze

The trickiest part with walking foot quilting is spacing the lines ¼-inch apart. This spacing is tricky for wider walking feet because you will basically be on top of the spot you need to pivot over and it’s hard to see where to change direction.

When it doubt, mark it! It’s perfectly fine to grab a marking pencil to help guide where you should change direction. Make sure to watch the tutorial on quilting Pinstripe Ziggie for even more tips on spacing your lines evenly.

I filled an entire quilt square with this design before turning it into a grid design and stitching more Pinstripe Ziggie perpendicular to the first set. As you quilt back over the first set of lines, just watch out for any sign of puckers or pleats. Crossing established lines of quilting can turn a small ripple into a small pleat as you cross the first set of quilted lines.

how to quilt pinstripe matrix maze

Just be on the lookout for ripply fabric and use your hands to flatten out the quilt so it's flat and smooth as you quilt through the layers.

Tips for Quilting Pinstripe Matrix Maze on a Longarm

I have set up the Double Stripe Diamond Quilt on my Longarm and I decided to turn this quilt into a massive design experiment. I’m having a blast quilting different designs and experimenting with ruler quilting and many free motion quilting designs!

how to quilt pinstripe matrix maze 

Quilting Pinstripe Matrix Maze was easy on the Grace Qnique because I used the Slice Quilting Ruler to help guide the machine and keep the lines evenly spaced. I still found a few hiccups along the way and shared in the quilting tutorial what I suspected was happening and shared tips on fixing it.

As you can tell from the video, no matter whether you quilt with a Longarm or with walking foot quilting, this is a time consuming design to quilt because it involves lots of lines of quilting and meticulous spacing to get right.

how to quilt pinstripe matrix maze

I think this design is a great choice for more open areas of your quilt. I really like seeing it in this wider section on the diamond quilt verses the narrow sashing space where it just feels a bit squished.

Do understand going into this design that it will be slow. This is custom quilting and takes a bit more time, but can create a fantastic effect!

Check out another tutorial on Super Spiral that I also shared on the Double Stripe Diamond Quilt.

How to machine quilt super spiral

What am I going to do with the square I quilted with my walking foot? That's a block for the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt! Click Here to find a tutorial on connecting your blocks together!

marvelous mosaic quilting sampler quilt

We're quilting all 30 designs from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day and we're going to connect together the best 20 to create the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt. Find the quilt pattern and detailed instructions in the book, available in the following formats: 

Explore Print Edition

Explore Ebook Edition

Explore Kindle Edition

Click Here to find all the walking foot quilting videos I've shared so far. We're making three quilts together from this book and you can join in the fun and follow along anytime!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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