Dogwood quilting, sometimes known as orange peel quilting, is one of my favorite go-to all over quilting patterns. When you use larger circles, it is possible to quilt this stitch with a walking foot. It is easiest to do by free motion quilting, but for some quilters a walking foot can be less stressful to use.
- Walking foot or free motion quilting foot
- Your favorite pens or markers to mark your quilt top
- A ruler (any quilt ruler will do)
- A round object such as a bowl or lid (the larger the object, the easier it is to quilt with a walking foot)
Next, you need your round object.
The cereal bowl I used was a scant 7" in diameter.
Align the bowl (round object) on one of the quilt top corners. Trace around the bowl.
It's hard to see my dark blue lines! Align the bowl against one edge of the quilt and the edge of your traced circle. Trace around the bowl again.
Keep putting the bowl next to each circle, tracing a new circle every time. When you get to the end of the quilt top and have completed an entire row of circles, the last circle may or may not be complete. This doesn't matter!
Start the next row of circles.
Keep tracing until you have covered the quilt in circles.
Along one edge of the quilt, mark in half the diameter of your circle. For me, half of 7" would be 3 1/2". Do this again on the adjacent side so your lines intersect by the quilt corner. Draw these lines on the 2 sides your circles are complete.
Now, start drawing circles, but start so that the bowl is only half way on the quilt top.
Keep drawing this second layer of circles until you have covered the quilt.
Now you can start quilting! The line with the green tick marks is the one I will sew on. From here on, you are basically making a diamond quilting pattern, just with wavy lines instead of straight.
The next line to sew over is the line with the dark tick marks.
Continue sewing all the diagonal wavy lines going in one direction across the quilt. Then, sew over the diagonal lines that are going in the other direction. If these were straight lines, they would be perpendicular.
Thank you for coming by the blog! Happy dogwood quilting!