Echo Quilting

Echo Quilting, is multiple rows of evenly spaced quilting around applique shapes. The rows of quilting will create unique designs around the shapes as they begin to meet in areas where the applique components are closer together. Echo quilting can be done by hand or machine. Generally lines are equidistant apart, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Echo quilting is a hallmark of traditional Hawaiian quilts.

Benefits of Echo Quilting

  • Echo Quilting can add emphasis to any shape without distracting from it.
  • Echo Quilting will create interest and depth in the background areas of a quilt as it fills in between the applique shapes.
  • Echo Quilting is a technique for both traditional and modern quilting.

Tools and Supplies - Echo Quilting

  • Hand quilting needles and thread
  • Machine quilting needles and thread
  • Marking tools
  • If machine quilting, use a presser foot that provides a visibility for following the applique motif or previously quilted row.
What I Wish I Knew When I Started - Echo Quilting

Using different colors of thread for ECHO QUILTING adds extra emphasis to design elements on a quilt. Use a presser foot that allows you to see how the quilting is lining up with the previous row of quilting around the motif.

Echo Quilting Resources