YOUR Favorite Motifs

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Did YOU see the eclipse yesterday?

I noticed the unusual light for more than an hour, but was unable to see the eclipse….

YOUR FAVORITE TUESDAY TUTORIALS

When I look back through my blogging statistics, there are several tutorials that are YOUR favorites:  Dizzy Daisy, Beginner Loops and Woodgrain.
The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingWoodgrain, Free Motion QuiltingAnd just like I don’t have a favorite child, I don’t have a favorite motif…

But I do have a few I use most frequently…Coming soon!

What about YOU?

What are YOUR three favorite motifs?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

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38 thoughts on “YOUR Favorite Motifs

  1. Hi Lori, I remember and love the dizzy daisy motif – I stitched it on a journal cover once – it was fabulous. I often do a version of your open leaf in sashings, although my leaves are usually spaced further apart than in your example. They look good and fill spaces quickly. I think “open leaf” may have been the first of your designs I actually did on a quilt, and is definitely the one I use most. And only last week I did a simplified version of your heart leaf vine on a baby quilt. You can find that one here: https://www.cleverchameleon.com.au/free-motion-quilting-panels/ I referenced your original post in that journal entry and explained how I fit it to my project (Pls let me know if you need me to alter my credit method in any way). So, my three current favourites are probably those, in that order: Dizzy Daisy, Open Leaf and Double Heart Leaf Vine. On the wrong side of the world for the latest eclipse, but hope you all enjoyed it! Dione.

  2. I’m afraid I use loops way too often because I’m comfortable with them. I have used some spirals and flower petals, too, but sometimes they don’t fit with the overall vibe of the quilt.
    I love your tutorials and books and have learned so much from them. Thank you

  3. We had silvery light here in south GA too, but most of afternoon was rain/clouds in our county. We saw the one in 1979 in FL by making a cardboard viewing box for our kids..You don’t see it directly. it made a shadow that moved across the inside of the box. I can’t pick a favorite motif.. I haven’t used them all yet !! 🙂

  4. My daughter’s homeschool group ordered glasses for all their kids and then some couldn’t go to the site agreed on, so they came to DD’s house and I just happened by and the kids waved me over to come see. It was amazing. What really tickled the kids was the shadow of the lilac bushes by the sidewalk were speckled with crecents in the open spots. Sorry so long…my very most favorite is you baby buggy.

  5. We had rain here and the sky was very dark, street lights were on. My go to quilting design is concentric tear drops and meandering feathers. To accentuate the piecing i like to swing arcs from point to point. I like your loops in borders.

  6. I stitched in a variation of Dizzy Daisy on a quilt I made for a good friend, and won best mid/long arm quilting in this year’s County Fair! I was stunned, as there were many accomplished quilters represented. I think I won, because I free motioned, and many were using E2E computer designs. Thank you! I realize that, look in back, you taught me many motifs I have used. Your tutorials are the best.

  7. I love the square flower, Claire’s peony and the Greek key. It was hard to narrow it down to three because I love so many of them. In our area the sun was about 80 per cent covered. I kept looking about every five minutes for the entire time. It was amazing!

  8. My favorite is “the Square Flower” since it can be adjusted to fit the squares and triangles that are so frequently in the pieced quilts. I also love the texture that “Grid Pop” gives. I love using several of your patterns in borders: Greek Key, Paperclip, Twisted Rope and Braided Wheat.
    Okay, I know that is more than 3 but why limit oneself?
    Lori, your creativity and generosity are much appreciated!

  9. Oh, and about the eclipse – in Chicago we were expecting an 80% eclipse. Since it was a cloudy day and the eclipse was partial, it wasn’t a dramatic change to darkness that I thought we would see. But it was cool anyway. We stepped out of our offices to watch and the best view – despite glasses and viewing boxes was the reflected view off of a car (I hope that was okay for our eyes?)

  10. Mostly I’ve used Flower Power (which always turns out great), but I have tried beginner loops and paperclips. I need to practice my doodling more–lately I’ve practiced while a passenger in the car.

    We had a 76% eclipse, but it was cloudy the whole time, so we watched it on TV.

  11. I love your Square Flower! #2 would be anything on a string — circles, daisies, snowflakes and #3 would be Open Leaf (I think that’s what you called it). Thank you for sharing how “not so difficult” it is to FMQ!

  12. We had about an 87% clear view in the Victoria area, which we’re just across the water from, but I was in the pool bobbing around when the “eclipse moment” was happening. Afterward I went for coffee with a friend, and she had brought some pieces of old X-ray negative to look through that she’d gotten from her son, an X-Ray tech at our local hospital. I teased her that we might be looking through an X-Ray of someone’s spleen. Anyway we intermittently watched the moon slowly peel away from the sun. Very cool. No doubt we’ll not see the next one, which I believe is predicted for 2044.
    All your motifs are fun, and one of these days I’m going to try some. Puck puck puck, call me chicken. I have a short-arm machine on a wide frame that I can use pantographs with, but there has to be very little detail or it’s too cumbersome to achieve. I’m intending to use your dragonfly motif on an upcoming quilt, but on my sewing table. The finished top of said quilt includes some lightly detailed dragonfly fabric. I thought I might make them in a ring with their wings touching, inside the dragonfly blocks. I foresee some doodling in my future.

  13. The last one I used was your bumble bees. It was perfect for the baby quilt I used it on. The previous year the wedding theme was Ment 2 Bee. I just love your style and the way you show your methods of quilting . It really makes it look possible. Keep up the Great Work Lori. I always look forward to your every post.

    As for the eclips here in Canada we had darkening skies. What an event on my Birthday!

  14. Square Flower is definitely my favorite “go to”. Poinsettias and Claire’s Peony are a close second. Thank you so much for all your wisdom, patience and humor. You have opened up a new quilting world for me and I really appreciate it!

  15. I love the wood grain motif. I have used it multiple times. Most recently on a quilt that won an honorable mention on the Plano Quilt Show.

  16. I’ve used the pebbles/bubbles several times and you even convinced me that I could write my name. I’ve tried lots of you motifs and live them all. I’ve been doodling a hibiscus flower that I’d like to use in the background of a wall hanging–kit I bought in Hawaii. Have you ever tried a hibiscus motif?

  17. Square flower all the time and also poinsettia. I like them because I feel like I can be more free flowing, like drawing, and they look good.

  18. Lori, would you consider allowing your followers to print your pattern directions for their own use to learn the design, i.e. develop muscle memory, by tracing over them?

  19. Lori, I was looking through your samples (I also have your book) yesterday to find an all-over design for a Kaffe quilt with pansies. I ended up using a variation of the crabapple design because it was easy to get around the quilt as an all-over design. I love your motifs and lessons. As I have a longarm, I would love to see how to utilize some of the free standing patterns as an all-over, how you would go about connecting say more than one car or bee.

  20. I have a few ‘go to’ favorites. I’m not sure if I call them by your names but I love to do a simple leaf design, a spiral, the square flower. I love making daisies, chains of snowflakes (starbursts?), Greek Key. All are fun & forgiving, allowing room for growth & character.

  21. I have used my machine embroidery to outline leaves in a border on a fall quilt. I have done straight lines, and I have done outlining. I love the “Heart Vines” and I love all the flowers. First I think I like Dafffodils, then I prefer Irises, then roses. OH, yes, I think roses are my favorite.

  22. re: the eclipse. Here in Denver we had 92% coverage. Someone at our Sr. Center graciously shared her dark, ISO glasses and we all oooed and aaaaahed. It was quite nice to share with a group.

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