Clean, classic straight-line quilting is always a winner in our book. But stitching perfectly straight lines can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly.
The good news is that there's more than one way to get 'em just so. Play around with these four tools to see which you like best, and say hello to beautifully straight quilting lines every. single. time.
Heads up: this method works best for smaller projects, like mojo minis or insanely adorable baby quilts . Using a ruler as your trusty straight-line guide, place long pieces of tape to mark exactly where you want to quilt. Then, simply quilt along the edge of the tape.
You can use Wash-Away Wonder Tape or, if you already have it lying around the house, painter's, masking or even packing tape will work. And as long as it sticks firmly to the fabric, there's no reason not to reuse the same strip several times.
2. Fabric Pens
We love a good fabric marker, but take note: some pens leave long-term marks on material. So always test on a scrap before going to town with this method. (Peep the shopping label too, as it might tell you whether the ink will fade on its own, erase with heat application, or disappear with cool water like this Collins Fine Line Marking Pen .) Once you've got that settled, simply draw the lines — using that ruler to keep them straight — then quilt right on top of the marked lines.
3. Hera Marker
It may look like a funky piece of plastic, but this sturdy, inexpensive tool is actually perfect for creating temporary creases in fabric. Place your material on a flat, hard surface (like a table, hard floor or cutting mat — no carpet!), then lay down your ruler as a guide. Press the Hera Marker firmly along the side of the ruler to make the crease, and when you're ready, stitch right in the indented lines.
4. Walking Foot Guide Bar
This nifty tool doesn't require any straight-line marking in advance, so you can head straight to your machine! It's particularly awesome when quilting multiple layers of fabric, and it's super easy to use. All you have to do is slide the straight bar into the hole of your walking foot, and adjust it to the desired width of your lines. Then, stitch your first line using either the edge of the quilt top or a line of seams as your guide. Once you have that line done, use it as your new guide. Repeat all the way through your quilt and — voila! — straight lines as far as the eye can see.