Modern Grid Quilting Made Easy

while searching, googling and reading online quilting pins, blogs, etc… i stumbled upon this amazing, simple trick to create a perfect grid quilting pattern each and every time.. as a new quilter, i need all the help i can get, not to mention my machine doesn’t have a laser guide so the magic blue tape will be my guide….

it all begins with..

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Advanced Multi-Surface, .94-Inch by 60-Yard

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i just finished the front of my hubby’s new quilt and had a few strips left over, so i decided to make a mini quilt for our chilhuahua chloe who not only loves to cuddle but loves to be covered in a blanket, this way her quilt will match her “daddies” quilt…

tutorial

because my quilt is not squared yet. i started by taping near a seam, this way it assures me that i am beginning with a straight line across…

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simply stitch down one side and then the other… i told you this was easy!

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

there’s no way on God’s green earth i would have been able to stitch this straight without the magic blue painters tape..you’ll be able to reposition and use the same piece of tape over and over until it no longer sticks well enough..

…and it even picks up lint along the way… bonus!

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here’s the front and the back quilted with straight lines across.. i love it! you could stop here if you’d like or you can continue with a grid pattern like i’m going to do..

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now it’s time to square your quilt. i used my Omnigrid 12.5″ Ruler and Olfa ‘Splash’ Rotary Cutter to complete this task..

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

there’s nothing prettier than a perfectly square quilt.. with the exception of a FINISHED quilt!

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

start with a new piece of tape and simply quilt across your previous stitches..

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

make sure when you’re nearing the end of your quilting you are measuring to be sure your quilt lines are still straight, it’s easy to get off a tad and simply repositioning the tape a little bit will assure that your grid lines look great!

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

here’s the finished front, i love the modern look of the grid pattern..

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

 

the back, looking just as good as the front..

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

 

… and now it’s time to tackle the hubby’s quilt!

Grid Quilting Made Easy Tutorial |  kreationsbyjulz.com

hint: you can use any size painters tape and even alternate the widths for a unique grid pattern. this pattern looks great on the diagonal too!

thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

 

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