Diamonds 2 Quilt Along, Part 5: Quilting Row Four
Welcome back to the Diamonds 2 Quilt-Along! I’m BERNINA Expert, Amanda Murphy, and this month I’ll show you how I quilted the row between the large diamonds and the zigzag rows. This time it is all about doing something special with negative space!
What we are quilting this month!
If you missed the first four parts of the quilt-along you can find them here:
- Diamonds 2 Quilt Along, Part 1: Piecing
- Diamonds 2 Quilt Along, Part 2: Quilting Row One
- Here you can find general directions on handle quilting order on both a longarm and sit-down or domestic machine.
- Diamonds 2 Quilt Along, Part 3: Quilting Row Two
- Diamonds 2 Quilt Along, Part 4: Quilting Row Three
If you are on a frame, you’ll want to first stabilize this area by quilting along the seam between it and the zigzag row below. (If you are on a domestic you have probably done all your stitch-in-the-ditch work already, as described in a previous post.)
There are so many ways to fill large open spaces like this successfully. Because I was using the heart motif so liberally in other areas of the quilt, I chose to echo that shape here. In some parts of this row I utilized full-heart motifs, but I also used half-heart shapes to fill negative space. Then I accentuated the motifs by free-motioning a meandering line in the background. This is similar to a stipple, but a little larger in scale to keep with the scale I had already established in other rows.
Download the PDF instructions and watch the below video.
How to quilt the fourth row of the Diamonds 2 Quilt
Happy quilting and I’ll be back here on April 13th to show you how to quilt the last row in this sampler!