’Hatching’ a Quilt – Part 2 – Fills, Thrills & Outlines Block

Fun quilting tutorial series with Kristie J Smith - FREE tutorials and embroidery designs

Welcome to block 2 of the ‘Hatching’ a Quilt tutorial series. I especially enjoyed the ‘Fills, Thrills, and Outlines’ block because I got to explore the amazing outlines and the 3D design fill effects in Hatch Embroidery. I have to admit, my creative brain delighted with the design of this block. Creating the design was a snap with the software; with each click of the mouse, the effects were visible on screen, providing instant gratification. After completing this block, consider using the techniques learned in this tutorial to alter the outlines and fills, creating new blocks to add to your quilt. Enjoy the journey and may your week be overflowing with Fills, Thrills, and Outlines…Happy Embroidering.

Basic Objectives and Creative Options

  1. The goal is to have fun and become more familiar with Hatch Embroidery.
  2. The quilt blocks in this project are all created in Hatch Embroidery Digitizer and stitched completely in the embroidery hoop. Block assembly is done on the sewing machine.
  3. The basic concepts learned in the lessons are stepping-stones to your creativity. Consider using these techniques in combination to build new quilt blocks.
  4. Don’t be afraid to flex your creative muscles and put your own slant on the quilt. You are the designer and Hatch Embroidery provides endless opportunities to express your imagination.
  5. Blocks are 10” square (9.5”/24.13 cm finished) and there are lessons for 6 different blocks in the project (9 blocks total with duplicates in the corners). The finished quilt project as shown is 28.5”/72.39 cm X 28.5”/72.39 cm. Note: Block size can easily be adjusted based on the hoop size used and additional blocks can be added to make a larger quilted project.
  6. Embroidery machine tension may need to be tweaked so that upper and lower threads are evenly balanced.

Supplies for the Entire Project

  • Hatch Embroidery Digitizer
  • Fabric for front of blocks: (white)- 1.5 yards/1.4 meters recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used
  • Fabric for back of blocks: (print)- 1.5 yards/1.4 meters recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used
  • Fabric for applique and pieced blocks: ¼ yard/0.25 meters each of 2 prints
  • Batting: 1.5 yards recommended or adequate fabric to cover the hoop used (enough for 9 blocks)
  • Sashing fabric (Print): 1/3 yard / 0.3 meters
  • Binding fabric: ¼ yard/0.25 meters
  • Mesh-type cut-away stabilizer: 1 roll, width/height to cover selected hoop
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Assorted embroidery thread

Optional Supplies

  • Applique’ scissors for removing excess stabilizer/clipping around appliqued fabrics
  • Rotary cutter/mat and acrylic rulers (12”/30.48 cm square and long ruler recommended)
  • Masking tape (to better secure the backing of the blocks while stitching as backs are not hooped in most blocks)
  • Invisible thread (used to top stitch sashing fabrics) 
  • Water-soluble stabilizer: 1-2 sheets for Trapunto block

Fills, Thrills & Outlines Block

Supplies for this block

Front fabric: Minimal 12” square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
Backing fabric: Minimal 12” square (to be trimmed after embroidery)
Batting – 1 piece large enough to cover the hoop
Stabilizer – 2 sheets to cover the hoop
Assorted Embroidery Thread
Temporary Spray Adhesive

We will start off by creating four circles. I will show you how to resize them to various sizes and remove the overlaps.

The next step is changing the fills, choosing from the many striking options included in Hatch Embroidery Digitizer.

This is one of the most exciting part of creating the block and certainly the one that enjoyed getting creative with the most. I will show you how to get fancy with the Outlines tool.

We will finish designing the block by using the the Ambience Quilting tool to create this beautiful scroll effect.

And finally, the last step is to stitch out your beautiful quilt block!

Click the link below to access the step-by-step detailed instructions.

Please note: You will need to sign in or register a free account to be able to download the free project.

Once you registered an account, you will have unlimited access to ALL the free projects that are currently on the Hatch Embroidery website and future ones two. You will also automatically receive our newsletter about free projects and designs. You will NOT be requested to download the software. Having an account does not come with any obligations to you at all.

Related Articles

Kristie has been an educator, designer, business consultant, and sewist for over 20 years. She currently consults for the sewing industry, providing guidance on product development, writing articles, testing products, teaching, and creating marketing pieces. 


Hatch Embroidery software products are in popular use in over 100 countries. It is time to join the global trend and give Hatch a try! The 30-day Free Trial grants you unlimited use of all the amazing features and the 30-day Money Back Guarantee ensures that there is absolutely no risk involved.

Did you enjoy this article? We’d love to hear your feedback!

Close Menu