Crosshatch quilting is just one of the many possibilities of straight line quilting that allows us to explore some of the options available to us. The use of multiple lines can add depth and dimension to our quilting projects.
Many times crosshatch quilting is the only design done on an entire quilt.
This quilting design is done with straight lines. First in one direction and then in the opposite direction to form the box or crosshatch.
Straight line quilting can be done on your sewing machine with the feed dogs engaged (up) or you can use a walking foot. The teeth of the walking foot work with the feed dogs of the machine to move the quilt top and bottom through the needle at an even pace. Sometimes without the walking foot, the upper layers of the quilt sandwich will shift and cause unwanted pleats and puckers. The walking foot prevents the layers from shifting.
Use a long piece of masking tape or the painters blue tape across the block or quilt as a guide for your stitching. I prefer the blue painters tape because it doesn’t leave any residue on the quilt. Both come in many different widths.
To single straight line quilt in a diagonal design, start with the blue painters tape. Begin at one corner of the quilt and align the blue painters tape with the corner in a diagonal direction ending at the opposite corner. Stitch along both sides of the tape.
When you complete one row, realign the tape with the line you have just finished stitching. Then quilt the next line.
After completing the quilting in one direction, do the same procedure in the opposite direction.
When you use the blue painters tape, your quilted straight lines with always be perfectly spaced. You don’t even need to mark your quilt.
Crosshatch quilting is often done with a 1 inch grid but can be done with any grid you choose.
Go to Basic Quilting Instructions from Crosshatch Quilting