Free Motion Quilting -Quick Tips

Free Motion Quilting - TipsGood morning, Quilters!

Today–A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Escapes

Adding this little skill to your “bag of tricks” can dramatically improve the look of your free motion quilting!

Whenever stitching a “shape-within-a-shape”  motif–for example,  a leaf with stems in the center, or a flower with a stamen…

Leave a small opening in the bottom of the shape.  It will still “read” as a closed shape…

Free Motion Quilting - TipsLeaving this small gap allows the INNER stitching line to exit without a stitching over any previous line of stitching.

Free Motion Quilting - TipsThe “closed leaf” below looks messy with “overstitching”…

Free Motion Quilting - Tips

 

Free Motion Quilting - TipsFor other examples of leaving an “escape”  take a look at The Basic Leaf,  The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, and many of the other motifs found on The Free Motion Quilt Motif Page.

Using an ESCAPE to avoid “stitchovers” will give YOUR quilts an instantly improved appearance!

Give it a try!

Happy Stitches,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Nora’s Rose-A Free Motion Vase Quilt

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion QuiltWere you digging in the mud yesterday or in your sewing room garden?

I hope you had a little time to plant Nora’s Rose a free motion quilt pattern from yesterday’s tutorial!

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

I found this gorgeous piece of red fabric and did a little late night gardening….

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

 

“Love planted a rose and the World turned sweet.’  

-K. Bates

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

 Plant a Nora’s Rose today…and make the world a little sweeter!

Lori

PS…All images, tutorials, and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to reblog, Pin, tweet, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Nora’s Rose-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good morning, Quilters!  Welcome to my sunny garden…it’s a bed of roses…Nora’s Roses

This pattern is named after my oldest daughter, Nora Rose …I first saw this pattern on a scrap she doodled. (It’s really a shame Nora doesn’t free motion quilt–her doodles are AMAZING!)

The other reason…her name is Honora Rose  or Nora Rose for short.

So let’s get started on this beautiful and versatile flower…

NORA’S ROSE TUTORIAL

Nora’s Rose is a BEGINNER free motion quilt pattern to stitch-—-(but an advanced pattern to explain in words…so bear with me…)

Begin by drawing a square.  This rose will morph into any size or shape, but for today, we’ll start with a 3 inch square.

Begin sewing in the middle of the square.  Stitch a rounded triangle and then stitch beyond your starting point…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch counter-clockwise around the triangle…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep stitching counter-clockwise around..

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd “waves” and “bumps” as you stitch around and around…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep moving in a circle around the center, re-shaping as you make each pass around…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen add a leaf…Stunning! An award-winning rose–YOU be the judge!

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialNOTE–In the sample below, the stitches echo the previous line of stitching–perhaps too much…

To my eye, the rose above is prettier…less uniform, more interesting…

Again, YOU be the judge…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

You won’t be able to plant just one Nora Rose!    You’ll have a full rose bed in no time at all…

And the best thing…NO WEEDS!!

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialNOTE-In the Garden above….after completing the first rose, stitch a long trailing line to start the next flower.  Then stitch clockwise AND counter-clockwise, never crossing over the long, trailing line…

TOMORROW–See the mini-quilt I made with Nora’s Rose!

Signed,

Master (Free Motion) Gardener,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Please feel free to reblog, Pin, tweet, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!