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Filling Negative Space with Background Fills

Inspirations’ My Quilt Embellisher offers many ways to fill negative space on a quilt block. I enjoy trying different background fills because virtual quilting is fast and easy.  Auditioning a variety of background fills gives me confidence that I’ll like the final outcome and it’s easy to do in My Quilt Embellisher.  Just a few clicks and the background or negative space of a quilt block is filled with interesting texture. Every detail can be customized right down to the distance between the stitches and the length of each stitch.

I created my simple applique flower and drew a rectangle around the flower – the same size as the block.  This is a quick project so my block is 6″ square. Here’s how to do it: select the flower, right click and Create Outline. Set the distance to zero.  Select the outline and the run stitch rectangle and touch the Combine tool (paper clip).

Next, play with a few of the features after selecting the combined outlines.  I chose Texture, Stipple and Echo for my first three trials.

I’d love to know what background you prefer.  Do you like the Texture block?

The Stipple?

Or the Echo?

Please share your thoughts!  Texture, Stipple or Echo.  If you have another style, by all means let us know!




  • Michelle Hall

    i think i like the stipple best

  • Pat

    I like the textured diamond pattern best. Classic.

  • Jane BROWN

    I like the texture best — the stippling looke too busy and there is not enough of the echo to show what it is — do you ever teach in other states like southern Indiana like Evansville ?? Comments are just my opinion.

    • eileenroche

      Hi Jane, I don’t have any teaching engagements at this time. If that changes – I’ll be sure to post it in here on the blog!

  • Wanda Keller



    Echo <3 <3 <3

  • Mary Grace Ronan

    texture is my favorite

  • Ellen

    Texture. The angles allow the curves of the flower to shine.

  • JD

    Texture is the one I like the best. But I feel there needs to be only half the lines otherwise it seems to minimize the block. I think each fill needs to be less dense to show off the block. Could just be because of the color of the lines since you can’t use white thread on the computer. Thanks for sharing the concept.

    • eileenroche

      I agree, JD, the blue stitch lines are deceiving when virtually quilting. Another reason to always test, test, test!

  • Audrey

    Either the texture or echo work for me. Thanks for this lesson. Would love to see more QE lessons!

  • Shelley

    Like the stipple best. It makes the flower stand out and the no distinct pattern of stipple is more relaxing.

  • Alice Cornelson

    Wow! The Diamonds in the texture box seem to make the design pop. I would use it for this type block.

  • Annette

    Love the texture block1

  • Marsha

    I love the texture in block one just looks great!

  • mozeqatim