Thursday, February 9, 2017

Structured Doodle Weave Tutorial

Today it's a quick tutorial on the easy background quilting used on the Sweetheart table runner.

Though this was stitched on a longarm, the fill can easily be done on a domestic machine. Originally found in Charlotte Warr Andersen's One Line at a Time Encore book, it's definitely a winner of a fill!

This fill requires a drawn grid (1 inch squares suggested). Start the stitching in one corner of a border square with a back and forth doodle filling up the space.

Try to have the doodle go into all the corners, filling the whole square. Continuously stitch from square to square, at an angle through the grid for the first row. 

The next row starts in the other direction, at right angles to the previous stitching.

Another line, parallel to the first, can be started next.

Continue adding back and forth doodle lines following the steps above.

And in no time, there's a beautiful woven background fill 

with lots of texture!



  1. This is a very cool filler. When I looked at the first picture I was trying to figure out how in the world you did that, it looks so complex. Thanks for breaking it down for us, it looks super easy. I will have to check out that book.

  2. I have this book -- absolutely love it! Recommend folks purchase it to find this and many other great fillers. (lynnstck[at]

    1. I totally agree about this book - it is a timeless one to have on the bookshelf with so many useful quilting ideas.

  3. Beautiful filler and fantastic explanation. Have you seen my linkup Tips and Tutorials Tuesday - this would be a fabulous share there!

  4. Thanks for sharing. You made it look so simple!

  5. Beautiful! Thanks so much for this great tutorial.


  6. Wow. That is amazing and you make it look so simple. Going to have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial on that-fabulous design!

  8. Wow. This looked so complex to me, but your explanation makes it look doable! What did you use to make the grid on the white fabric?


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