Christa’s Quilt Along 5.10 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Extra Quilting

For today’s lesson, I will show you how I used a simple serpentine stitch to quickly quilt through all the centers of my X’s. It only took about 2 hours and gave a really nice finish.

Because the flower quilting I did in the “O” spaces is really the star of the show in this quilt, I didn’t want to overwhelm the quilt with much more quilting.

Extra Quilting

Therefore I chose a simple wiggly line that is one of the decorative stitch options on my sewing machine.  I just eyeballed the quilting as I went and didn’t mark anything.

Wiggly Quilting

I used a light pink thread that blended with most of the fabrics and gave a nice texture even on the darker prints.  I went all the way across the X’s in one direction, then turned the quilt and crossed over in the opposite direction.

Quilting the X'sI like the little bit of “poof” it gives to the quilt in the un-quilted areas. I use this wiggly stitch quite a bit. It’s more forgiving that trying to stitch perfectly straight lines, and I can cover a lot of area quickly!

For the borders, I quilted 3 lines of wiggles which finished it off nicely.

Wiggly Quilting

For another idea on how to quilt the blocks, here’s a picture of my original Hugs and Kisses quilt in yellow and orange. I used a stencil to mark motifs in the O blocks and I quilted straight lines through the X blocks. Then I stippled the rest of the background spaces.

Alternate Quilting IdeaYou’ll notice the original Hugs and Kisses is flatter than the updated version. That’s because I used cotton batting. In the pink version, I used wool batting which gives more of a trapunto look to the quilting. Both are great – it just depends on the look you prefer!


Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at christa@christaquilts.com.

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Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″


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5 thoughts on “Christa’s Quilt Along 5.10 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Extra Quilting

  1. Margaret Doro says:

    Christa…what was the beautiful white thread you used for the quilting it looks amazing….what a lucky girl to receive such a lovely quilt.

  2. Karen Garth says:

    It’s beautiful, Christa. Show judges say that the quilting should be uniform across the quilt, but cuddly lap and bed quilts need soft poofy areas. For that purpose, I think the quilt is terrific just like this. Great job — your daughter is a lucky girl!

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