Autumn Medley Quilting: QuiltAlong 2020


It’s week four of the Autumn Medley Quilt Along, the final quilt for Quilt Along 2020. This week we are exploring ideas for quilting.

For 2020, we’ve collected 11 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! November is Autumn Medley.

Autumn Medley Schedule

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

Autumn Medley Quilt Along 2020

80″ x 80″

The Pattern

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

Click Here for the FREE Autumn Medley pattern.


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 Autumn Medley.

Quilting Ideas

Autumn Medley uses directional arrows to create movement pulling the eye to the center of the quilt. Experiment with echoing the arrows, gridding, and line work to emphasize different areas. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking foot, or they can be quilted by hand.

This design utilizes grid work working from the center out.

Use the shapes in the corners to introduce a different design even adding motifs as desired.

By echo quilting the center square in the corners more dimension is added to the quilt.

Now it’s your turn. Play with these designs or use them for inspiration to create you own.

November Giveaway

Each month you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win a fun quilting prize. Enter below to win a fun fabric bundle.

Enter below and click submit.

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!

Members get even more…

AQS Members can access hundreds of patterns and digital issues of American Quilter at any time!

Find quilt along series like Forever & A Day, 30 Days of Birds and more.

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