How to Graffiti Quilt

Graffiti Quilting is a fun, improvised fill design that adds a lot of movement to your free motion quilting. Keep reading to learn how to get started graffiti quilting!

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How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Good morning, Quilters!

Are you ready to get quilting? Last week, we finished piecing the Spools top from Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts (and this version is also made with her Modern Marks fabric-- yay!). We also made a quilting plan that looked like this:

How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

If you missed that post, be sure to go back and check it out:

This week, I've begun executing the plan I made which includes wood grain quilting, switchbacks, and, our topic today, graffiti quilting.

How To Graffiti Quilt by HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

 There are two methods I use to approach graffiti quilting:

1) Use a central design, such as double loops, to create a "core" to the quilted area, then use various motifs to fill in the remaining negative space.

2) Go crazy-- start with one motif and just keep building and changing and moving through the space. 

Here are some tips:

1) Practice on paper first-- tomorrow's meeting just got so much better!

2) You don't have to use a ton of different designs. My top three "go to" designs are paisleys, swirls, and pebbles. 

3) Start slowly. It's okay if it doesn't feel easy or natural at first. Practice makes progress!

I can't wait to make and share more quilting videos with you! Plus, next week, we're kicking off a giveaway to win some of Christa Watson's Modern Marks Fabric! Woohoo! In the meanwhile, join me on Instagram to see updates in real time! And be sure to check out what my fellow Hoppers,  Kristin at Simple. Handmade. Everyday and Vicki at My Creative Corner 3are up to as well!

PS It's easy to have tension troubles with graffiti quilting. If you are, click here to check out my tutorial for

PPS Here's a Facebook Live video of me demonstrating and chatting about Graffiti Quilting

How to Graffiti Quilt with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story