Freebies & Features


Quilters are enjoying a renewed interest in dots and stripes, fueled in part by home decor trends. Just like any other design motif, these versatile designs can be used to define the mood of a quilt, from playful and carefree to regal, orderly and precise. Both dots and stripes can be fussy-cut for different effects. They also make great quilt challenge themes.

  • Large dots with more noticeable curves can provide movement in a quilt. Cut large dots and circles into wedge-shape sections, using the pointed ends to call attention to other areas of the quilt.
  • The smaller the dot, the more it can be used as a texture or background print, allowing other designs to take center stage.

Slender or wide, stripes provide a unique visual spark by directing the eye in a particular direction. Stripes are fun to work with, lending themselves to a variety of cutting and piecing techniques to heighten their visual interest further.

  • Show a block pieced from a single stripe in various directions.
  • Use a stripe crosswise in borders or bindings for a framed effect.
  • Create chevrons and waves by positioning stripe sections at 45-degree angles.

The graphic appeal of both dots and stripes makes possible a wide range of creative effects. Feel free to experiment with them and bring a new dimension to your quilt projects!