Float My Boat–A Work in Progress

Sailboat Quilt

I had a little time to experiment yesterday and just started “playing” with the simple shapes from yesterday’s sailboat tutorial.  See the  Sailboat free motion quilting tutorial HERE.

While I did iron the fabric, I didn’t bother with a ruler or rotary cutter…I just worked free hand.  I used a glue stick to quickly adhere the shapes to the background.

Sailboat Quilt

I was in a hurry to sit down and do a little stitching…

Sailboat Quilt

I stitched the sailboat–just like the free motion quilted tutorial…

Sailboat Quilt

Sailboat Quilt

I stitched around the raw edges of each shape and background and then added more free motion quilting.

Sailboat Quilt

I think I will use this “etude” as the basis of a larger quilt…

Sailboat Quilt

And if I’m very ambitious, I just might bind this little quilt…

Sailboat Quilt

Tuesday Tutorial–Sailing Away

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!  Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday!  The weather is perfect for sailing, so let’s stitch a regatta!

I know a lot of you are Pinners on Pinterest, so I thought I’d make it easy for you with the photo below:  (I’m learning how to use fonts in Photoshop…for the font snobs out there–I’m open to suggestions…)  PIN away!

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Here’s a story board of where we’re sailing…

Begin with three lines.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.  These are our “rails”.  Guidelines to keep the row straight.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Begin stitching on the bottom rail.  Stitch backwards at an angle a few stitches, then stitch to the right–parallel to the bottom rail.  Now stitch the mast by sewing a straight line up to the top rail.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Next, stitch a small triangle and a large triangle.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

From the bottom of the mast, stitch a curved line up the mast to complete the right sail.  Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Stitch the left sail by stitching a left-facing triangle…Stop here.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Sew a few stitches down the mast and complete the right side of the boat…

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

The waves form the bottom of the boat. Stitch a curvy line forward and echo quilt back toward the boat…

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Stitch a wavy line past the back of your sailboat.  Echo this line back to the front of the boat.  Stitch back to the bottom “rail” and you are ready to begin the next boat in the line up.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Add more waves and different sized boats…a little sunshine…

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

This would look great on any summer quilt, baby blanket, doodle quilt…Add more sails, waves, wind, sun rays…

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboats, Long Arm Quilting, Tutorial

Or just stitch one…It would be a cute logo on a bag or a pillow..

Have fun with this one.  Let me know how YOU use it.

Please remember…all tutorials and photos are for personal use only.  Feel free to PIN or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Contact me for any commercial use–including teaching…

There are many more tutorials in the Quilt Tab above…

Swimming Lessons

Canadian Geese, St. Croix River, Minnesota

The weather  in Minnesota was nearly perfect over the Father’s Day weekend.  Everyone was out and about…

Canadian Geese, St. Croix River, Minnesota

The St. Croix River was especially busy!

Canadian Geese, St. Croix River, Minnesota

Tomorrow is Tutorial Tuesday –Let’s meet at the river—we’re going Sailing!   See you then!