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Get out your sketchbooks and doodle pads…We are working on a new motif this week–The Starry Night free motion quilt pattern.
This pattern will require a little more doodle practice because we are going “off the rails”. This is a “Fill Pattern” – a pattern to stitch all over a quilt or in a background. It does not follow a line. With a little paper and pen practice you’ll soon be stitching Stars and Moons in Free motion on your next quilt!
THE STARRY NIGHT FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL
In most of the Tuesday free motion quilt tutorials, we begin with “rails” –drawn lines that keep the quilted motifs in an even row. Whenever you are stitching a fill pattern-there are no rails. Start stitching either in the middle of the project or in a corner.
Begin by stitching an upward curve and echo stitching around the curve–this is a “Moon”
Next, stitch three triangles around the “Moon”…to create a partial “Star”.
The sequence looks like this:
Next, stitch a “C” shaped “Moon”–
NOTE-“Moons” can face either direction—
Then stitch three more triangles around the second “moon”…
Stitch another “moon”–This moon can go down as in the photo below…or it could go UP…
Continue on this way to fill the background…
This does take some practice.
- Doodle first. If you can’t do it on paper, you won’t be able to stitch the motif.
- If you get stuck in a corner, knot off and start again.
- A “Moon” can be stitched with three lines of stitching before adding the triangles.
- The “Stars” can be stitched with two, three, four, or five triangles…
- If you get stuck in a corner, echo back around any motif into an open area.
- Relax and have fun!
- Once you get on a roll, you won’t want to stop…so do the laundry first!
NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, with Warm and Natural batting. Thread: Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top–size 90 Topstitch needle.
Stitching in the Moonlight until Midnight,
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