Good Morning, Quilters!
We’ll start today with a little business…I really hope all the viewing problems from last week have ironed themselves out. If you are still having trouble, please leave a comment in today’s post. I am going to find someone to help us later this week…(Or maybe I’ll go to the dentist instead…it’s a toss which is more painful…)
In the meantime, we’ll start with something that IS fun–Free Motion Quilting!
THE MODERN LEAF TUTORIAL
This leaf with a small berry has a Modern look, but don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional Quilt.
The pattern can be stitched as a fill motif or in a row to create a gorgeous border.
Let’s start with the border.
Begin by drawing three parallel lines, equidistant apart. In the sample below, the lines are 3/4 inches apart. The lines are to keep our quilting tidy. If you are stitching in a border, the seam lines can serve as “rails” and you don’t need to draw the lines.
Begin stitching on the center line. Stitch up several stitches, then stitch a curved line to the right rail. Stop here.Next, stitch the top of the leaf, back to the center rail. Stop a few stitches short of the previous line of stitching.Stitch a straight line to the tip of the leaf and echo stitch back to the center rail.Stitch a few stitches on the center rail and begin a leaf on the left side.Complete the left leaf and stitch up several stitches.Add a berry by stitching a circle. Try to make each circle as round as possible, but don’t fret about it–Perfection is never our goal! Continue up the border. Add circles randomly. It’s more interesting if the circles are not added in a pattern. Add two circles in a row, or omit the berries occasionally.
Fabulous!To use The Modern Leaf as a fill, travel between leaves. Instead of echo stitching the vein back to the center rail, cut through the tip of the leaf to begin a new set of leaves or berries.
This fabric looks likes it needs some pithy quote stitched over it…
Any suggestions?I hope you find a spot for these leaves in YOUR next quilt!
Thoroughly Modern Lori
PS…This tutorial was stitched on my new BERNINA 770QE with it’s gorgeous stitch, and fabulous tension control–love it!
Robert Kaufman Kona in Grass Green using Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton on bottom using a size 90 Topstitch needle.
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