Playtime with Gammill: Invisible Line Design

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Sometimes not quilting is as important as quilting. Invisible Line is a longarm technique that draws the eye along a line that is not actually there. Channel locks and a basting stitch make invisible line design a cinch! Want to give it a try?

To prep the quilting area, using a ruler and chalk, make registration marks to create a grid. Three inches is a great size for practice.

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To set up the machine, set a basting stitch to ½” or whatever size basting stitch will not get caught by your hopping foot and is easily removed. You may wish to program your channel locks for handle button access.

First, using the registration marks as a guide, baste the grid.

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A note on thread:
• When using a thread for marking purposes, consider using visible neutrals. Bright thread that will easily catches the eye is a popular temptation, but can result in colored needle holes once the basting is removed. We’ve used a bright thread here for demonstration purposes.

Second, add any elements to guide your fill work.

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Third, quilt the selected blank areas with fill designs. Use the spaces to create a checkerboard or play with a secondary design as we did here:

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Finally, remove the basting.

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CHALLENGE: WE PLAYED WITH STRAIGHT LINES, BUT ALL SORTS OF FUN CAN BE HAD BY USING CURVED LINES. TO MAINTAIN A SMOOTH CURVE, A SMALLER BASTING STITCH MAY BE NECESSARY. GIVE IT A TRY!

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