Tuesday Tutorial–The Shamrock

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Welcome back to Tuesday Tutorials at The Inbox Jaunt. If you are new to The Inbox Jaunt, make sure you check out all the free motion quilting tutorials in the Quilt tab above.   Today’s tutorial is The Shamrock which builds on The Spirals  (to see the spiral tutorials read here and here.)

The following photo shows where we are going:

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Begin with a vertical tail (this will be the stem of our clover) and then stitch the basic spiral.  There’s a little trick here…When you get to the center of your spiral, trace back on the OUTside of your spiral.  When you do this, you will end on the OUTside and you will be ready to move UP.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Trace around the outside of your spiral until you are back at the center “stem”.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

From here, begin the “top” of the shamrock by stitching another spiral.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Again, spiral to the outside and finish near the center at the “stem”.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Now stitch the final spiral on the left side of the shamrock.  Once you are finished with all three (or four if you are feeling lucky) petals of your shamrock, stitch around the entire motif once or twice.  This neatens up the motif and gives it more shape.  Also, if you want the shamrock larger, you can simply trace around it (echo quilt) several times as I did in the Shamrock Mini Doodle Quilt. (See that quilt here.)

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

And there you have it!  Easy as key lime pie!  But don’t stop there…four leaves are just as easy as three!

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

…and the Lucky Winner is…

Stillwater Bridge, Dense Fog

Thank you to all of you who entered the Shamrock Doodle Quilt giveaway!  Most of you would kiss the Blarney Stone!  Some of you already have kissed the Blarney Stone–your stories were very amusing!  Just a few of you would not kiss the Blarney Stone.  I include myself in the last category.  There is no way I would ever lean backwards over an abyss to kiss anyone or anything!  (I am afraid of heights.  I might be able to climb the stairs to get there…buy anything that involved leaning or turning backwards–no way!)

Our lucky winner today (someone who has kissed the Blarney Stone) is ekflisle–check out the description of her climb in the comment section--it is hilarious!  Congratulations!  Please contact me to arrange delivery of your new mini-quilt!

If you did not win…you are still in luck…Tuesday’s Tutorial is on how to stitch the little clovers…and if you’re not a quilter—The Inbox Jaunt will be offering several more mini-doodle quilt giveaways soon.  Your chances of winning a doodle quilt are far better than winning the Irish Lottery!

Again, I would like to thank all who have told your friends about The Inbox Jaunt.  We are growing by leaps and bounds thanks to your Pins on Pinterest and your referrals–thank you, thank you!  Keep pinning, keep linking, keep reblogging!

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