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All Over Style Free Motion Quilting

Learn how to cover your whole quilt with one free motion quilting design!

One of the simplest ways to quilt a quilt is to cover the entire surface with one beautiful design. This is a great way to finish a bed or baby quilt quickly and easily. This style of quilting is also one of the easiest to master. In order to do All Over Quilting, all you have to know is one single design.

Of course, in order to be able to cover a quilt with All Over Quilting, we first need to understand what designs will work best for this method. Let's learn about 4 different design types that work great for All Over Quilting!

There are four main design types that work best for All Over Quilting:


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Independent Designs - These designs are based off of Stippling. They can be easily quilted in any area of your quilt and look great when stitched on a large scale.

Pivoting Designs - These designs are based off of Paisley. They have a rich, flowing texture that stands out beautifully on the surface of your quilts.

Echoing Designs - These designs are based off of Echo Shell. Simple echoed shapes are easy to quilt on a large scale and quickly cover your quilt with soft shapes.

Foundational Designs - These designs are based off of Desert Sand and the idea that you start with a simple line, then echo that foundation until the entire quilt is filled.

Here are some great designs to get started with:

All Over Quilting Tutorial

All Over Quilting works by taking one design and stitching it all over your quilt on a large scale.

It's easy to quilt yourself into a corner when quilting this way, so let's learn how to cover a quilt with one design in the most efficient manner possible.

1. Load the quilt inside your machine by sliding it under the needle, then squish it into the machine until you reach the center.

Use the hand wheel of your machine to lower the needle and pull up your bobbin thread. Tuck these threads under your presser foot so they stay out of your way while quilting.

2. Start in the center of your quilt and stitch a row of your design to the side of your quilt.

Aim to make your row of quilting around 3" - 4" wide so it covers a large amount of space across your quilt.

3. Once you're back in the center of your quilt, travel stitch along the side, then quilt back into the center with another row of your design.

Make sure to rotate your quilt so you can see what you're doing and so the movement feels natural for you.

4. Continue to quilt from the center to the edges of the quilt with 4 inch rows until your quilt looks like this:

quilting design

This manner of quilting breaks your quilt up into 4 quadrants and it helps you fill the hardest area of your quilt first: the center.

Now your quilt will be easier to move and position on your machine because you won't be fighting as much bulk of the quilt to get into the center.

5. With the hardest area of the quilt taken care of, all you have to do now is fill each quadrant with more rows of your filler design until they are completely filled.

Interlock your rows together so they cover the quilt evenly with one beautiful texture:

all over quilting

Here's what our All Over Quilt looked like before and after quilting:
all over quilting
all over quilting

Always remember - there is no WRONG way to quilt your quilts!

All Over Quilting adds a beautiful texture over the whole surface of your quilt! This is a great choice for simple quilts you wish to finish quickly and don't mind if the quilting texture covers up your pieced or applique shapes.

This isn't the only way to quilt your quilts! Learn about the other methods and styles of quilting by clicking the links below:

All Over Quilting
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