Tuesday Tutorial-The Squiggle Square

Squiggle Square Free Motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!  It’s time for another Tuesday Tutorial and we are glad you are here!

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting  Welcome to all the new followers from The Quilting Board-and thank you to Tartan and Sparky’s Mom who both posted photos of their projects on the Quilting Board.  Tartan used The Oak Leaf Tutorial to stitch this gorgeous table topper.  (See tutorial HERE)

Oak Leaf

Tartan from The Quilting Board

And Sparky’s Mom made this adorable Mug Rug with The Perfect Pumpkin tutorial.  (See the tutorial HERE)

Pumpkin Mug Rug

Sparky’s Mom from the Quilting Board–Mug Rug

Thanks to you both for sharing your photos and your lovely projects!

Today we have another easy and fun free motion quilting tutorial for you to try either on your domestic sewing machine like I have– ( I stitch on a Bernina 820 or a Bernina 150 Quilter’s Edition) –or on your long arm.   Today, we will be stitching The Squiggle Square.   The Squiggle Square can be stitched as a border or as a fill pattern on any quilt.  It can look modern or it can look sweet depending on its placement within the quilt and the scale of the square.  I recently stitched on the back of a modern pillow-in a large scale and it looked great!  Try it on your next quilt–I know you will have fun with this one!

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Begin by drawing two (or more) lines.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.  Then draw perpendicular lines the same width apart.  (For the sample below, the perpendicular lines are also one inch apart.)

Begin stitching in one corner and stitch a squiggly line on a diagonal.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Continue “squiggling” back and forth until you fill the square.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Once the square is filled, “scoot” into the adjacent square and begin “squiggling” in the opposite direction to fill the box.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Continue this process until the row is complete.  This makes a great border pattern and pairs well with curvy motifs like the Oak Leaf or the Spiral.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

If you’d like to fill a larger space or make a double border, simply add another row on top of the first row.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

By adding a second row, a complex secondary pattern develops.

NOTE:  In order to see the secondary pattern, it is important that you completely fill each square by stitching all the way to the edges of the drawn lines.

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

Doesn’t this look like fun–especially now that you can see how easy it is?

Try this in large squares, too.  It looks very modern in a six inch or larger size.  In the smaller scale, it looks like a snowflake.  Wouldn’t it look great on a Christmas quilt–white stitching on red background???

Squiggle Square Free Motion quilting

On Open Line Friday this week we’ll be discussing marking and marking tools--bring your questions–and your favorite marking pens/pencils and tools!

Tomorrow–I have a Halloween project to share on Work in Progress Wednesday!

35 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial-The Squiggle Square

  1. I just found your blog about a month ago. I really like your way of teaching the FMQ. Do you have a book out?

    • I am so glad you found us! I am currently exploring a few options for publishing the quilt motif tutorials. Another work in progress about which I am very excited! Stay tuned!!

  2. These tutorials are great. I know that I can go back and look at them and your teaching style really makes me feel like I “CAN” do this.

  3. Cool! I will give it a try tonight. I have a question on the stitches. Is the tension wrong on it! And which tension do you adjust to fix it! When I fmq it looks like that on the bottom!

    • Lorie, Are you asking if the tension is wrong on my sample photos? I think the tension looks pretty good in the Squiggle Square photos. I always adjust my top tension when free motion quilting. On my Berninas, I lower the top thread tension–a lot! If you would like to send me a photo-I will try to help you adjust your tension. What is the easiest way for you to take a photo of your quilt? Cell phone? Camera?

  4. Oh that is perfect for a project I am just finishing off. I did an art quilt of my grandson and I messed up the background, so I just ripped out all the background stitching, and will use this instead. I’ll post a pic once I get it done. It’s exactly what I was looking for.

  5. What a great design this is. It looks easy enough for me- a new FMQ’er – to do with just a quick practice. I love your tutorials. Thanks so much for doing them.

  6. I just tried the squiggle square on a border of a comfort quilt I am finishing. It is very imperfect, but am posting it on my blog right now, artinsearch.blogspot.com
    How do we post on your flickr page?

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  8. I just started reading your blog and love it so much!! So many awesome FMQ designs!! I am just starting FMQ and love to see what you come up with!! I look forward to seeing every new post and look daily to see if you posted something new!! Thanks for all the awesome inspiring ideas!! 🙂

  9. This will be perfect for the western fabric donation quilt to fill the four patches. I am undecided about the larger squares? Maybe wagon wheels. The fabric has stagecoaches, horses, wheels, cactus. Whatever is quilted in this area probably won’t be seen to well, so should be simple. The outer border reads a solid so maybe a jagged square shape on point, a southwestern design? Cactus, coyotes? The outer border is 4 inches.Always on the outer border I try to remember to write LOVE in cursive.
    A little accident yesterday, I have been using donated batting from other quilters and some pieces require piecing. I always overlap the edges of the batting and cut a nice neat cut with a rotry cutter so the edge bunt nicely. We instead of sliding the cutting mat along it kept snagging so I moved to the other edge and didn’t get it between the backing and batting. Yes made a nice clean cut for 18 inches. So I folded the backing in half to put a narrow seam..It was a hard lesson learned which I try to prevent. In the future I will layer the top and batting first, then trim and piece, then layer the backing..

    Sew Peacefully Thank you. DEB aka FLO

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