Square Deal Quilting: Quilt Along 2020


It’s week four of the Square Deal Quilt Along, the October quilt for Quilt Along 2020. The first week we pulled and cut out fabric, the second week we made the units, and last week we assembled the quilt top. This week we’re quilting square Deal.

Quilting Square Deal

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! October is Square Deal.

Square Deal Schedule

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

Square Deal Quilt Along 2020

The Pattern

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

Click Here for the FREE Square Deal 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 Square Deal.

Quilting Ideas

Square Deal uses Half Square Triangles to create movement. This lets  you move between lines and curves with ease to shift focus. Experiment with echoing shapes, gridding, and density of quilting 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 word with a slight variation for framing emphasis. While the effect is subtle here, this design can be modified for a more pronounced impact.

Mixing line work with shapes creates a more detailed design. Fill the shapes with line work or crosshatching to create more depth. Play with the design to add drama to the quilt.

Here line and curve are mixed for a more refined result. The curves highlight the framework in the center of the quilt. Try using limited curves to pull the eye and add interest to key areas.


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


October Giveaway

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

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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