How to Quilt Matrix Maze with Walking Foot Quilting

A few weeks ago I shared a quilting tutorial on Matrix, a curving grid design. Now let's swap out the curving lines for zigzags to create Matrix Maze. Learn how to quilt this design using your walking foot in this new quilting tutorial:

Quick Links to things in this tutorial:

Marking Pencil

Quilting Gloves

Isacord Thread

Explore Walking Foot Quilting

Tips for Machine Quilting Matrix Maze

This design is created with two sets of evenly spaced zigzag lines. I like starting in the center of my quilt and stitching zigzags to one side, then I rotate the quilt and start in the middle and stitch across, overlapping the first set to create this awesome grid design:

How to quilt matrix maze

Just watch out for signs of fabric shifting and any pleats and puckers as you stitch over your lines of quilting. Spread your fingers to flatten out the layers of the quilt so they are smooth and even as you stitch over the surface.

Some walking feet have a tendency to squish the quilt which can increase the chance of puckers and pleats. If you have the ability to adjust your presser foot pressure, try adjusting that knob on the top of your machine to reduce the pressure caused by your walking foot. 

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If you don't have that ability, make sure to use a thin batting in your quilt as the pressure from your walking foot will be increased with thicker batting. Sometimes you just have to figure out what will work best, even if that means changing up your materials to work with your machine.

If you find quilting this design with a walking foot very challenging, you can also try quilting it with free motion quilting instead. Matrix Maze was the 100th design I shared to the Free Motion Quilting Project and here is the original quilting tutorial for this design:

I hope you can see there are upsides and downsides to both forms of machine quilting. Which is the best for you? Try quilting Matrix Maze and decide for yourself!

Would you like to create a big, beautiful quilt AND learn how to machine quilt lots of different designs? Then you should join in the fun and make the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt with me!

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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