The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting – Fractured Squares

The next quilt I get to share from The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting is called Fractured Squares. This one was designed by Angela Walters and we each had so much fun choosing fabric colors and quilting designs!


Christa’s version – quilted with straight lines and decorative stitches.

This quilt is another example of what I call “Structued Improv” – starting out with a general plan of how the quilt will look, but not knowing exactly how you are going to get there. This simple to piece quilt consists of a center square surrounded by slightly improv pieced borders.


I quilted my version completely with my BERNINA integrated dual feed, which basically acts as a built in walking foot. I combined straight lines with decorative stitches to create some interesting textures. Then I used a ruler in the center (yes with the walking foot/IDF) to get those nice, straight lines. If you don’t have a ruler, you can totally mark them with a pen, or painter’s tape.


Angelas version – so rich and striking!

I love how Angela combined bright pastels with a deep brown for her version. She used a mix of blending and contrasting threads that allowed her beautiful machine quilting to really pop!

Whether you enjoy quilting using a sit-down domestic machine, or a stand-up longarm, (or even if you prefer to “quilt by check”) we are so excited to share our passion of machine quilting with you in The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. With over 50 different quilting motifs to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect design for your next quilt!

Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

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All photography courtesy of Brent Kane and Martingale.

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