Down Home Quilting – Quilt Along 2020


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

But before that, we want to tell you about what’s happening April 29th. We’re having a Quilting on Together Show & Tell right here on! So join our Facebook group and share what you’ve been making while staying safe at home, or email your pictures to by 4/27/2020 to be included.

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! April’s quilt is Down Home.

Down Home Schedule

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

  • Fabric Pull & Cutting Instructions – Click Here
  • Unit Construction – Click Here
  • Quilt Assembly – Click Here
  • Quilting – See Below!
  • Show & Tell – April 29

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

Down Home Quilt Along 2020

Down Home Quilt Along

72″ x 72″

by Betsey Langford

Quilting Down Home

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 Down Home.

Down Home Quilting Ideas

down home quilting

Straight Line designs can big large and symmetrical like the design shown above, they can be small and specific, and they can be simple, like vertical lines or grids. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking, or they can be quilted by hand.

down home quilting

Wavy line designs like the one above can also be sewn on a sewing machine, with a walking foot or freemotion. You can use very organic wavy lines or very consistent wavy lines for different effects.

down home quilting

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 Down Home pattern.

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

The Down Home ePattern features easy-to-follow instructions for the 72″ x 72″ and a 72″ x 96″ quilt. There are more ways than ever to make your quilt special with the Down Home ePattern.

And while you’re at ShopAQS, why not grab batting for your quilt? Use special code QAL2020 for 10% off your batting purchase!

April 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.

(Bundle will differ from bundle shown.)

Enter below!

Having trouble with the survey? Click here for the web version. 

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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