Good Morning, Quilters! Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday!
Do YOU remember Spirograph?
Today’s free motion quilt tutorial, The Spirograph Sun was inspired by one of my favorite toys…
I hope YOU have fun with this, too!
THE SPIROGRAPH SUN FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL
This sun pattern would make a gorgeous border on any quilt and it would be easy to adapt it to a full circle to fill any square block.
Draw any size rectangle. For the practice piece below, the rectangle is 3 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall.
Make a little mark in the center of the bottom line–just estimate, don’t measure!
Begin stitching on the bottom line. Stitch past the center mark and then stitch a curved line from right to left…
Stitch two stitches to the left, then echo stitch back to the bottom line.
Stitch to the right three or four stitches, then curve back over to the left–looks like a little rainbow.
Next, stitch a triangle out to the left border of the drawn box and back. Stop before you reach the “rainbow”.
Stitch several triangles around the “rainbow”. (NOTE–Try to make the center triangle a bit taller than the other triangles–this gives the sun a nicer shape.
Continue stitching the first row of triangles.
Stop near the bottom line.
Now reverse direction.
Stitch triangles from right to left, in between the first row of triangles.
Continue bisecting each previously stitched triangle.
NOTE-In the diagram below note the white chalk dot. Aim for this point in each triangle when stitching the second layer of triangles.
Continue all the way around to the bottom line…then stitch under the entire Sun to begin the next motif in the border (Not shown here.)
I hope you will have time to doodle or stitch this fun pattern…
We will be modifying this basic sun to create some really spectacular patterns… sure to fit YOUR next quilt!
Get practicing so we can have more Spirograph Fun!
I”m off. I need to check my bid on Ebay! (not really–though I was tempted)
NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton fabric with Aurifil 50wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top on my domestic sewing machine–A Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.
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