Daybreak Quilting – Quilt Along 2020


It’s week 4 of Quilt Along 2020: Daybreak and we’re quilting the Daybreak quilt!

For 2020, we’ve collected 12 of our most popular quilt patterns. We’ll make a quilt a month and cover the creative process from selecting colors and fabrics, piecing and assembly tips, and quilting ideas to help you finish your quilt. Click Here to check out the quilts so you can pick which ones you want to make in 2020! May’s quilt is Daybreak.

Daybreak Schedule

Over the next few weeks, we’ll make our Daybreak quilts. Check out the schedule below.

And you can click here to find all of Quilt Along 2020 in one place.

Daybreak Quilt Along 2020

daybreak quilt fabric

60″ x 60″

by Emily Cross

Quilting Daybreak

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Lay the backing down on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place the batting in the center of the backing. Center the quilt on top of the batting right side up. Baste with spray, pins, large stitches, or any other method you prefer.

Check out this video on how to spray baste a quilt!

Select a Quilting Design

As you select or create a quilting design, it’s important to keep your machine in mind. Straight lines and gentle curves lend themselves to a walking foot.

Quilting designs with dramatic curves and fluid lines lend themselves to freemotion quilting. If your machine can drop its feed dogs and you have a hopping foot, you can freemotion quilt on your home machine.

Here’s a video on setting up your home machine for freemotion quilting.

And of course, hand quilting goes great with quilt as you go. Traditional hand quilting brings elegance to every design, and more modern big stitching brings a lot of whimsy and playfulness. Click here for a big stitch quilting tutorial!

Big stitch quilting by Sarah Fielke

Factor these options into your creative choices for your quilting designs. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some ideas for quilting Daybreak.

Daybreak Quilting Ideas

In a quilt with as much structure in it as Daybreak, there are so many ways to emphasize the piecing with quilting. You can use all kinds of curves and fills, but you can create a lot of visual impact with straight lines. Experiment with echoing shapes, creating segmentation that isn’t in the piecing, and density of quilting to emphasize different areas. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking, or they can be quilted by hand.

Varied grids are a great way to quilt something quickly without drawing much attention to the quilting. But they’re also a great building block. In the larger squares of open space, you could use different fills, large motifs, or even echo with smaller squares. The possibilities are endless!

This design is a traditional orange peel motif. Orange Peel is a popular and classic fill quilting design of interlocking circles. This design can be used to fill specific areas or as an all-over design as shown above. This kind of design is great for freemotion quilting or quilting by hand.

The Pattern

If you like to have the pattern at your fingertips before starting, we’ve got you covered.

Click Here for the FREE Daybreak pattern.

In addition to the free pattern, we’ve written a special Daybreak ePattern you can purchase and download instantly!

daybreak quilt fabric

The Daybreak ePattern features easy-to-follow instructions for the 60″ x 60″, 60″ x 80″ and a 80″ x 80″ quilt. There are more ways than ever to make your quilt special with the Daybreak ePattern.

May Giveaway

Each month you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win a fun quilting prize. The month the prize is a fat quarter bundle from P&B Textiles.

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Enter below!

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Join the fun!

Get involved with a community of quilters in the AQS Project Parade Facebook group to show off your creations and chat with fellow quilters. Use the hashtag #QuiltAlong2020 and tag us @aqsonline on Instagram so we can share your quilts!

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