Free Motion Quilted Christmas Table Runner

Holly, Free Motion Quilting, Christmas, TablerunnerI am stitching a few Christmas projects to give as gifts this year.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting, Christmas, Tablerunner

In this small quilt, I used The Holly Leaf tutorial from yesterday and added a handwritten greeting.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting, Christmas, TablerunnerI love cursive handwriting on quilts…read more HERE

Holly, Free Motion Quilting, Christmas, TablerunnerThis is a small quilt…I think it will look great with a small vase of red berries…

Holly, Free Motion Quilting, Christmas, TablerunnerThe countdown to Christmas begins!  (35 days left)

Are you working on any holiday gifts?

HO-HO-Holly,

Lori

The Holly Leaf-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Merry Tuesday Quilters! Welcome new followers AND faithful friends!   We glad you  made it here in time for the Christmas whirlwind of free motion quilting tutorials and fun!     With just five weeks until Christmas, we better get started on our holiday projects!

 We are going to keep you busy here at The Inbox Jaunt –-I’ve got more than sugarplums dancing in my head!  We’ll be working on candy cane striping, pine boughs, snowflakes, ornaments and much more…

Today, we’ll start with the most iconic of Christmas motifs, The Holly Leaf.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin by drawing three lines, equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the “rails” are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the center rail.  Stitch a curved line up and to the left rail.  Make a sharp point and stitch a curved line, finishing again on the left rail.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch a slightly curved line and stop on the center rail.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch the right side of the Holly Leaf

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Return to the starting point–but leave a small space as an “escape”–where you can later stitch out of the leaf without stitching over another line.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

From the bottom of the leaf, echo back around the Holly Leaf–Do this by stitching on the INSIDE of the leaf.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

When you reach the bottom of the leaf, stitch up and through the tip of the leaf to begin the next Holly Leaf in the chain.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

When you have completed the entire row of Holly Leaves, stitch back through the center of the leaves and add a few berries and ribbons.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For a beautiful ribbon-effect add spirals as filler around the leaves to fill in the margins. The Spirals are reminiscent of holly berries and give it a very festive look.

Holly, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

A row of Holly Berries would look lovely down the center of a table runner for your Christmas feast or a few leaves would look lovely in the corner of a dinner napkin.

Whether you are stitching on a long arm or on a domestic sewing machine like I do -(I stitch on a Bernina 820 or Bernina 150.) -this pattern is easy–a Beginner Pattern.  I stitched this on Kona cotton with Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky 45wt in the top.  I used a Schmetz 80 Universal needle.

Check in tomorrow–I have a small project that includes these gorgeous leaves and on Open Line Friday this week we’ll be discussing how to squeeze in a little quilting time during this busy season!

From my workshop to yours,

Lori

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Free Motion Quilting–Barefoot is Best!

 

Free Motion Quilting-PartridgeHave you ever heard of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson?  He was a famous American baseball player who doffed his cleats once because they gave him blisters–earning him his famous moniker.

What about the Barefoot Running craze?  Though scientific research has yet to reach a consensus on the benefits of barefoot running–many runners have embraced this practice.

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Quilters, it’s time to start our own fad–Barefoot Quilting!  Sewing barefoot gives you more precise control as you free motion quilt.   So the next time YOU step up to the plate, kick off  those shoes and add a little more “free” to your free-motion quilting!Free Motion Quilting_Partridge Motif

PS–One reader warns that if you are using an older model sewing machine with a metal foot pedal–this may not be advisable!

Lori