Good Morning, Quilters! We’re back to work today with another circle tutorial in our progression.
While circles look easy, they are challenging to master. In order to ensure success, we have been learning circles in a step-by-step progression. Each motif builds on the previous technique to develop the hand-eye coordination and the motor planning necessary to advance to the next level. (Race cars were just thrown in for fun–not really necessary for the progression.)
Today we have another fun motif for your free motion quilting net–The Dragonfly.
Stitch an antenna with a curl on the top.
Stitch back over the antenna to the small circle, then stitch over one or two stitches to begin the second antenna.
Stitch around the head of the dragonfly and stop at “the chin”…
Stitch a loop-de-loop set of wings…
Stitch ON the stitches of the lower part of the larger circle to get to the right side then stitch another set of loop-de-loop wings.
Stitch down to the base of the second circle.
Then stitch a String of Pearls–with each circle getting progressively smaller.
Finish off with a twirling flight line.
Next week we’ll work on Pebbles–the most challenging of the circle motifs–Not to worry…it will be EASY for YOU because you have done your homework!
Did you know that some cultures associate the Dragonfly with evil spirits while other cultures love the Dragonfly as a symbol of change…
To me The Dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the beautiful days of autumn.
PS…Don’t forget to DOODLE FIRST!
PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on Kona cotton on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.
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