My Trim Background patterns have been designed to stitch a line, grid, or feather pattern behind applique, without tie-offs.
I'm offering patterns for funky or traditional styles, large and small blocks, and the most popular Grid and Frame can now be used as a background behind applique.
Add the background pattern to the whole block; then use the Trim tool to trim out the applique shape. Or, echo the applique first and then Convert the echo to a Trim line.
The quilting lines will stitch to the edge of the applique, then revers direction and retrace, to begin the next line of the pattern.
Feather backgrounds will retrace without tie offs. A few of the feather patterns have larger center openings, so when you use them, be sure the appliques are large enough to fill the empty space.
Lines will tie off where it is necessary to jump over a stem, branch, or other motif within the applique.
I suggest using a fine thread so that the double line of stitching is not too heavy.
Link to the Store is at the bottom of the page. Have fun! Anita
My newest Trim Backgrounds are designed to fit rectangular blocks. The default size is 12" x 18" and adjustments can be made as needed to fit other rectangles. FAQ: Why do I need rectangels? Can't the square patterns be stretched to fit?
The answer depends on how far the pattern needs to be stretched. A little bit will be fine. The lines in my Trim patterns retrace themselves in order to prevent jumps and tie offs. The risk in stretching a pattern very far is that the lines will be pulled apart and may not retrace as they should.
Trim Rectangle Grid
Trim Rectangle Grid and Frame
Trim Rectangle Plaid
Trim Rectangle Radiating Lines 2
Trim Rectangle Radiating Lines 3
Trim Rectangle Spiral
Trim Rectangle Grid
Sample tulip applique, with echo, and Trim Radiating Lines 3
Trim Background Wavy Grid
Trim Background Spiral Large block
Trim Background Square Feather Small block
Trim Background Square Feather Large block
Trim Background Feathered Oval
Trim Background Small Feather 1
Trim Background Small Feather 2
Trim Background Small Feather 3
Trim Background Medallion Feather 1
Trim Background Medallion Feather 2
Trim Background Large Feather Wreath
Trim Background Funky Feather
Trim Background Grid and Frame small block In 6" block, grid lines will be about 1 1/4" apart
In 12" block, grid lines will be about 1 1/4" apart.
Trim Background Grid and Frame large block
Trim Background Grid and Frame large block on point
Trim Background Grid small block
Trim Background Grid small, no frame In 6" block, grid lines will be about 1 1/2" apart
Trim Background Grid large block, no frame In 12" block, grid lines will be about 1 1/2" apart.
Trim Background Plaid In 12" block, spacing between lines will be about 1/8" and 1 1/8".
Trim Background Radiating Lines 1
Trim Background Radiating Lines 2
Trim Background Album Corners 1
Trim Background Album Corners 2
Trim Background Album Corners 3
Grid and Fancy Frames - The grid lines will stitch to a trimmed area in the center and then retrace. Border patterns will stitch continuously unless they are interrupted by a trim.
Trim Background Grid and Feather Frame
Trim Background Grid and Circle Frame
Sample quilting pattern. Lines have not yet been trimmed out behind the bird applique.
Trim Background Grid and Holly Frame
Trim Background Grid and Ivy Frame
The grid in these setting triangles is drawn to match the large grid pattern in a block. All three will resize proportionately to other size blocks.
Trim Background Grid Half Square Triangle
Trim Background Grid Quarter Square Triangle
Trim Background Hanging Diamonds
In the following patterns, the radiating lines will stitch and retrace. Borders will stitch continuously unless they are interrupted by a trim.
Trim Background Geo
Trim Background Spider Web
Trim Background Radiating Line 3
The following patterns have offset centers for blocks that have the applique or visual weight toward one side or a corner. Place the pattern in the block and then rotate to put the offset center behind the motif. Blocks below show radiating lines offset toward a corner and spiral lines with the center offset toward the bottom.
Trim Background Radiating Lines Offset 1
Trim Background Radiating Lines Offset 2
Trim Background Spiral Small block
Trim Background Spiral Offset Small 1
Trim Background Spiral Offset Small 2
Trim Background Spiral Offset Large 1
Trim Background Spiral Offset Large 2
These trim border patterns can be used as diagonal lines, or flipped horizontally and repeated to create a grid and a plaid pattern. The trim edge is at the top. Run one pattern along the bottom edge of the border, below the applique, then rotate the pattern and run it again, above the applique.
Trim Background Border Diagonal
Trim Background Border Double Diagonal
Patterns can be set up in one direction, then flipped and stitched in the opposite direction to make a grid, or double line grid.
Trim Background Border Diagonal Scalloped
Trim Background Border Double Diagonal Scalloped
These small motifs are designed to fill a cornerstone or small block up to 4" in size.
Trim Background Cornerstone 1
Trim Background Cornerstone 2
Trim Background Cornerstone 3
Corner patterns will quilt the background of blocks like Drunkard's Path, Grandmother's Fan, or New York Beauty
Trim Background Corner Small Block
Trim Background Corner Large Block
Trim Background Feather Triangle 1
Trim Background Feather Triangle 2
Trim Background Fleur di Lis
Trim Background Hearts and Tulips
Block-specific fill patterns designed with an opening for a fancy quilting motif or an applique.
Trim Background DWR with opening for fancy quilting, a monogram, or applique
Trim Background DWR melon
Trim Background Lone Star
Full Lone Star quilting sample
Trim Background Irish Chain
Trim Background Wreath Center with Flower
Trim Background Wreath Center with Bird
Trim Background Wreath Center with Butterfly
Sample of wreath with Butterfly inside.
Additional Choices for Extra Large blocks
Trim Background Radiating Lines 4 Twice as dense as Radiating Lines 1 in Set 1
Trim Background Radiating Lines 4 Scalloped Will fit 18" - 20" block.
Trim Background Radiating Extra Large
These trim background pattern are drawn to fit a 36" square or other large medallion centers. They are half the pattern, plus a connector line. Place two patterns on the CAD, rotate one, align it for the bottom half and toggle it sewn. Stitch the top pattern; roll, relocate, and stitch the bottom half.
This beautiful medallion was quilted by Susan Campbell of Australia, using the Radiating Lines, Extra Large.
Trim Background Radiating Extra Large Scalloped
Trim Background Radiating Extra Large on point
Closeup of scalloped edge
Sample to show Trim Background Radiating Extra Large on Point as a whole pattern
Trim Background Grid and Frame XL
Trim Background Fine
Trim Backgrounds on Point
These Trim patterns were designed to fill the background of blocks on point and the setting triangles that accompany them.
The small pattern will fill a block up to about 8" and the large pattern will work well at 12" - 16".
Grid lines will stitch up to a trim line placed around a central motif and then reverse and continue stitching without tying off.