FMQ Knots – The LCK Way-The Flourish Knot

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

 

CORRECT KNOTS VS LCK KNOTS

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, The Correct Way to Tie Knots for Free Motion Quilting, I rarely tie knots the “correct” way.  The correct way requires the quilter to stop, pop the bobbin thread, tie a knot, thread a hand sewing needle and bury the knot before continuing.  The “Correct Knot”  is nice because it never unravels and it hides the thread without any buildup.   The problem is-this method is slow and it makes it harder for a quilter to develop a rhythm necessary for even stitching.  That is why I’ve developed my  LCK knots.

While they are not technically correct, and I don’t know how they would be judged in a competition, these knots are quicker, they never come loose, and by making them look as if they are part of the design, they look great.  So how can anyone complain?  Judges???

THE LCK FLOURISH KNOT

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

The knot begins just like the “correct knot”:  Lower the presser foot.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Lower the needle by hand wheeling forward, heel-tapping the foot pedal (on Berninas) or pressing the needle down button on many Berninas.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Next, bring the needle to the UP position and “pop” the bobbin thread, by continuing to hand wheel forward -while holding the top thread taut.  The needle can be brought to the UP position by hand wheeling, heel-tapping the foot pedal or by pressing the needle up button on many Berninas.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Once the bobbin thread is “popped” to the surface, remove your foot from the foot pedal, and use a pair of tweezers to pull the thread so that it is long enough to grab hold.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Hold both the bobbin and top threads and stitch a small “curl” to the left.  Stitch very small stitches.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Next, stitch right back over the original stitches-again using a very small stitch length (as determined by the speed with which you move the quilt–as the feed dogs are disengaged for FMQ, right?)

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Stitch a short distance away from the “tail”.  Stop and cut off the threads as close to the fabric as possible.  (Curved scissors may be helpful here.)

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Now proceed on your merry way…The stitches will hold very well and look like a little flourish in your design.  Bonus!

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

When you come to the end of your quilting.  Do the same thing.  Stitch  a small spiral using tiny stitches.  Stitch back over the stitches with more tiny stitches.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Raise your presser foot.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Cut off the thread from the top.

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Then flip it over and cut the bobbin thread. ( Or, you can cut all the bobbin threads at the very end of your sewing session.)  That’s it!  The Flourish Knot!

FMQ Knots the LCK WayTWO CHOICES FOR KNOTS

The “Correct Knot”

  • Slow and tedious
  • Requires hand sewing
  • Secure
  • Hidden knot, does not change the design

The LCK Flourish Knot:

  • Fast
  • No hand sewing
  • Secure
  • Lovely–looks like a design element

Your choice may depend on your mood, the quilt you on which you are working, and your “philosophy”.  (Read yesterday’s post.)

Knowing the rules and knowing when to break the rules frees one up to concentrate on other things.  I suggest you try both methods, then decide for each quilt and each design which is the best method.  Works for me!

With a flourish,

Lazy Lori

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The Correct Way to Tie Knots – Free Motion Quilting

MY PHILOSOPHY ON KNOTS

Can one have a knot philosophy you ask?  Do knots rise to the level of deserving a philosophy?   Let me explain…I’ve avoided the subject of knots for some time because I rarely do knots the “correct” way.  I know how to do them–and you will, too after this tutorial–but I find them tedious to stitch.   Here’s where the “philosophy” comes in…I quilt for my enjoyment and for my family.  I want to make beautiful quilts, but I also want to have fun in the process.  Stopping every few minutes to tie knots takes the joy out of quilting for me.  Whenever I sit down to free motion quilt, I have some idea racing in my head that wants “out”–that is, I want to get the idea onto fabric (before I forget it?).  Stopping to tie knots is not conducive to my racing-brain rhythm…

So today, I will demonstrate how to properly tie a knot.  Tomorrow, I will demonstrate Knotting the LCK way.  My knots look nice-like they are part of the design, but they are not correct and I don’t know how they would be scored by a judge.  Any quilt judges out there?

THE CORRECT WAY TO TIE KNOTS

FMQ Knots the LCK WayLower your presser foot. (Bernina 820-tap the presser foot down button.)

FMQ Knots the LCK WayRotate your hand wheel  forward until your needle pierces  the fabric.  (On the Bernina 820-press the needle down button.)

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Bring the bobbin thread to the surface by continuing to rotate the hand wheel forward and moving  the needle to the UP position.  (Bernina 820-tap needle up button.)   (The above two steps can also be accomplished by heel-tapping the foot pedal on Berninas.)

VERY IMPORTANT--Remember my Inattentive Stitching Accident-from which I still don’t have normal circulation or movement –Read HERE and HERETake your foot off the sewing pedal now and whenever you stop sewing to work on the knot!

FMQ Knots the LCK Way

Using a pair of tweezers, pull the bobbin thread until you have a few inches to hold onto.  Hold both the bobbin and the top thread and begin stitching.  Stitch a short distance and then stop to tie off the knot.

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

With your foot off the pedal-– tie the two threads in a knot.

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

Using a self-threading needle, thread both threads into the needle.  (NOTE-many specialty threads- including my favorite-rayon thread-tend to shred in self threading needles and require a regular hand-sewing needle for this procedure–even more time consuming!)

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

Once your needle is threaded, bury the stitch by going back into your first stitch and between the top layer and the batting.

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

Pull through and remove your needle.

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

Snip off the threads as close to the fabric as possible.  (Curved scissors help here.)

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

When you are finished with a line of FMQ, simply stop and cut your threads.  Then flip the quilt over, pull the threads to the back side of the quilt and knot off as we did above.

FMQ Knots-Correct Method

 

FMQ Knots-Correct MethodWe’ve all heard it said:   “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!”  and while I agree in principle…I know these knots would take the joy out of quilting for me…

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you LCK Knots and then you can decide…

Lori

 

Diamonds are Forever-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion QuiltingThey say “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”  and “Diamonds are Forever”.   I say, ” Diamonds are Forever is a quilter’s best friend!”   Diamonds are a very simple and quick way to fill any space or to create a border.  This pattern is fresh, modern and elegant at the same time.  This pattern would look great “morphed” with a few flowers, or just combined with spirals.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion QuiltingTHE DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing rows equidistant apart.  In the samples below, the lines are one inch apart.

Next, draw “tick” marks every one inch apart.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

Begin stitching on the center line.  Stitch up at an angle to the upper rail.  Stitch down to the tick mark on the center rail.

Diamond, FMQ Tutorial

Stitch across the center rail and down to the bottom rail.

Diamond, FMQ Tutorial

Return to the center rail at the tick mark and begin the next diamond.

Diamond, FMQ Tutorial

Continue stitching to create a row of diamonds.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

To fill a larger area with diamonds, draw several lines.  Place the “tick” marks on every other line.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch two or more rows to create a more complex pattern.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

The fun of Diamonds are Forever is playing with the proportions.  Make the “tick marks” closer or farther apart or draw the lines wider apart.

Experiment with the sizes until you find dimensions that fit your quilt style.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

NOTE: This tutorial was stitched on Kona Kaufman cotton solids with Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon thread on top with Schmetz #80 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820 (a domestic sewing machine)–without a stitch regulator– which I never use.

Diamonds, Quilt Tutorial, Free Motion Quilting

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”   –Confucius

Be a diamond,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images, and information is the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me in the mines at lckennedy@hotmail.com.