The Echo Star–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt Lovers!  Are you ready for some quilting?  Of course you are!  You have a least a dozen quilt sandwiches ready to go…Read more in BE READY

And you know what needle to use….Read more in The 80/50 Rule for Free Motion Quilting.

You have several choices for batting:  Read Open Line Friday (and all the comments) Batting

So let’s get started with today’s tutorial:  The Echo Star- The Echo Star is a beautiful background filler for any quilt.

It doesn’t need to be perfect to look great AND it’s a lot of fun to stitch.  It looks great on blue fabric, too–a starry night?

THE ECHO STAR TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a small star.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect…it will look great no matter how misshapen…

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Next, echo quilt around the star several times….

 

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Once the space is filled in, or the star is begin enough….begin another star.

 

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Echo stitch around the second star several times.

NOTE-Stitch around the star clockwise, then counter-clockwise, never crossing over the line that extends out of the previous star.  This gives the motif a neater look than if it crossed over those stitches.)

 

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Keep adding more stars.  As you can see, in some cases I was only able to add partial stars.  That’s okay, too.

 

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

Add a few curls to give the motif a more festive “pop”…

Echo Stars, Free Motion Quilting

 

In no time, YOU’LL be “seeing stars”  or places for stars in all of YOUR quilts…

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight…

(I wish the icy snow that hit Minnesota yesterday would melt away…is that too much to ask?)

Happy Starlight Stitching,

Lori

PS…Thank you to ALL of you who have sent photos of quilts using the motifs.  I LOVE to see the motifs in action!

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman, Kona solids using Sulky 40wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50wt in the bobbin on my Bernina 150 (a standard, domestic sewing machine) without a stitch regulator.

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Still Seeing Faces

Faces in Wood workLike many of YOU, I suffer from enjoy the condition of “Pareidolia”.

I see faces everywhere.

Some of the faces are very subtle.

Sometimes the faces are fleeting.

and some of the faces are staring ME in the face——begging to be photographed!

Remember these?

Lobster Trap Face

Face on a WoodjoinerWhat about YOU?  Do you keep a photo collection of anything?

We’d love to hear…

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, re-blog, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other purpose, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!