Quilting Definitions


Basting – Approximately 4″ spaced machine quilting stitches, both horizontal and vertical, used for hand quilting.

Quilt Binding by Hand – 2 ½” of folded fabric is machine stitched to front of quilt, folded around to back of quilt and hand stitched to back with mitered corners.

Quilt Binding by Machine - 2 ½” of folded fabric is machine stitched to back of quilt and folded to front and machine stitched to quilt front very close to edge of binding material.

Crosshatching – Two sets of parallel diagonal lines crossing one another to create a diagonal grid.

Custom quilting – Quilting designed to fit an individual quilt top. This can include stitch in the ditch, patterns in specific blocks, echo quilting, crosshatching, outline stitching, etc. Quilting designs are chosen according to the fabrics, design of the quilt and quilt style.

Echo quilting – stitching at ¼” intervals, that can are repeating around appliqué or pieced work.

Feathers - Heart shaped forms on both sides of a main stem, can be round, heart shaped, freeform, or can even be used to fill an area.

Freehand - No pattern is used. The quilter moves the machine as in drawing. There are many designs to choose from and are chosen to match the fabrics, style and design of the quilt top.

Heirloom quilting – Dense custom quilting, usually containing stippling, motifs, and patterns to fit the quilt top. Very heavy quilting that gives the quilt an extremely textured appearance.

Meandering – A continuous curving line that can be small or large, used as overall pattern or in specific areas of the quilt.

Motifs – Coordinating design pattern used to fill an area of the quilt such as a block.

Pantograph pattern – Overall pattern that is repeated from edge to edge in rows over entire quilt. The result is a unified look. There are many patterns to choose from, some of which can be found on the quilting pattern page.

Stippling – Tiny meandering, used around appliqué or areas you wish to have a raised appearance. Stippling lines are usually spaced less than 1/4” apart.

Stitch in the ditch – Quilting in the seams of the pieced work of a quilt.

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