It’s Wednesday and we have our Tuesday Tutorial! My computer is feeling better now…I had to upgrade my Mac and found Apple is no longer supporting my photo organizing and processing package, Aperture. I had a few minutes of pure panic thinking my photos were lost…
For the long-term, this new system will be great, but in the short-term it is very time-consuming!
Let’s talk about pretty posies…My five daughters, including the bride, Claire. Claire was married in May and chose peonies for all the bouquets so I thought it would be appropriate to have this gorgeous flower as a motif on her wedding quilt.Today, we will learn Claire’s Peony–a BEGINNER motif…it fits into any square and…is perfect for the center of the Wedding Ring Quilt.
CLAIRE’S PEONY-A FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL
Begin by drawing a square and marking the center. Any size will work, from small to very large. In the sample below, we are stitching an 8 inch square.
Stitch a spiral directly in the center of the square and then stitch five scallop shaped petals around the spiral. Try for five evenly spaced petals, but the flower will be lovely with 4-1/2 or 6…anything goes, really!
Next, echo stitch the petals.
NOTE-Echo stitching gives any motif more boldness. Whenever stitching on The Big Quilt, echo stitch a motif for more emphasis–it really helps. In the case of Claire’s Peony, we are echo stitching each row of petals as well as the outer edge of the motif–very dramatic!
Echo stitch this row of petals, then begin another row of petals. Each successive row will have more petals.
Add as many rows of petals necessary to nearly fill the shape.
THE LAST ROW-
The echo stitching on the last row of petals is a little different…
Stitch all the way around creating the new layer of petals.
Begin echo stitching…
Then add a leaf in the corner.
Echo stitch the inside of the leaf.
Once the leaf is completely echo stitched…
Follow the line of the petals, add a vein, and continue around the Peony, adding more leaves and embellishments.
This would make a perfect pillow…or add it to YOUR next quilt–any quilt with a square block or The Wedding Ring Quilt
Tomorrow, we’ll look how to modify this motif to create a border and fill the “melons”-the shape where the Wedding Ring Quilt intersects!
Throughout November we will continue to talk about Tips and Tricks for THE BIG QUILT!
May your stitches (and your computer) be happy!
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