Curved Cross-hatching will give your quilt a nice soft feel as opposed to the look provided by straight cross-hatching. You can apply this treatment to either a full block or as a fill in for the center of an un-quilted area.
This tool requires very little practice to become proficient and produces a neat, clean look. It’s all about the details! BONUS is the included perfect circles 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1” & 1 1/2”.
Using the pinholes in this ruler – score a straight line at 90 deg from the base and again at both the 45 deg lines. Position the crosshair on the center line of the Curved Cross-hatching tool, and stitch the portion of the curve that goes through the corners. Then move the tool down until the stitched line is directly under edge of the tool. If you want 1/2 inch spacing between the lines, then move it to a point 1/4” from the edge of the template along the 90deg line. If you want 3/4 inch spacing, then move it to 1/2” from the edge of the template. Continue up until you have the entire block covered. Then repeat this process going from left to right until it
looks like the picture on the left.
Experiment with the placement of your crosshairs on your chosen area that you want to fill with curved crosshatching.
CURVED CROSS-HATCHING THE INSIDE OF AN IRREGULAR SHAPE
The procedure is the same, except you can sometimes use a steeper curve if the design doesn’t go all the way to the corners.
The following is an example of what it would look like inside of an overlapped portion of a circle shape.
• Another idea would be, instead of marking the alignment lines to go up and down, left and right, you could mark them to go at a diagonal.
• Otherwise, just experiment with different angles, curves, cross hatching inside of shapes, outside of shapes, etc.
1/4” thick ruler for use with longarm machines
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