Straight line quilting requires patience and precision. Unlike free motion quilting, straight line quilting is more complicated .You need to be very careful when dealing with straight line quilting. When starting out with this also, you have to try out simple lines first. Do not attempt very complex designs which will confuse you more.
Echoing the lines
Pivoting the lines is a good way to create a simple yet elegant design. You can for example start with a small diamond and then echo the lines of the diamond to create a pattern. The shape should be radiated towards the outer side and can be ended at the borders.
Mark the quilt top correctly
You need to learn how to mark your quilt top correctly. If the quilt top is not marked properly, the straight lines will not turn out correctly. This may be one of the most important part which people often neglect. They go ahead and start the pattern without fixing the quilt and then later realize that the straight lines have gone zig zag.
Try out the dense lines
Experiment as much as you can with dense lines too. Matchstick quilting will help you to do this. It is really tedious and a great pressure to get all those lines done. However the end product is worth all the effort.
Evenly spaced lines in the same direction will also give you a great look. Spray basting your quilt will help to remove layers and give you an even platform to work on. You need to remove the layers and uneven surfaces first as you will be working on straight lines.
One important thing you need to pay attention to is not to hurry at all. Take your time and be patient as you work on a straight line quilt. Give it a bit of time and you will master the tricks.