The Race Car–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome back to Circle Month here at The Inbox Jaunt and another FREE, Free Motion Quilt tutorial--The Speedy Race Car tutorial.

No, you are not confused…it IS Wednesday.  We are working on two tutorials this week(and next) as we explore the Humble Circle…

Yesterday, we worked on Dots and Dashes.  I hope you had time to practice.  Today, our pit crew is going to put Dots and Dashes to work.

THE RACE CAR TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a rectangle 4 inches wide by 3 inches.

Add a second line, 1/2 inch above the bottom line.

Begin stitching on this line.

Stitch a dash, dot, dash, dot, dash….EASY!

 

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext curve up and around to make the front fender–about 1/2 inch below the top line

Curve down and back up to create the “seat” of the race car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen curve back down to close the car… Perfect and SPEEDY!

This simple car stands alone.  No further embellishment is needed…Echo stitch the bottom of the car and begin another car…(NOT SHOWN)

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor a “souped up” car…Stitch next to the first “dash” into the wheel of the car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a star inside the wheel, then stitch out of the wheel and around the top of the back wheel and into the front tire…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch a star in the front wheel, then stitch over the front wheel and echo stitch the front of the car, adding a racing stripe if desired.  Continue echo stitching until you reach the car seat.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd a steering wheel, then continue echo-stitching…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a number and some “exhaust”…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Plain or “souped”….A SPEEDY RACE CAR sure to please…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Have fun!…Add your child’s name or his favorite number…Write a message in the “exhaust”…

Keep doodling, keep practicing circles…

Two more circle tutorials next week…

And oodles of more fun this week…

Stay tuned.

Lori

PS…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 re-blog, Pin or share with attribution to Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Dots and Dashes-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and DashesCIRCLES, CIRCLES, CIRCLES 

Good morning, Quilters!  Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday–and tomorrow we will have Tutorial Wednesday!

It’s Circle Week (Next week, too.)  We’re going to explore circles in ways you may never have imagined.  We are going to walk through the quilt exercises slowly, but methodically.  

There will be something for everyone in the next two weeks.  There will be boy patterns, girl patterns, modern motifs and traditional motifs..

All from the HUMBLE CIRCLE!

CIRCLES REQUIRE PRACTICE

Though you may have seen videos or in-person demonstrations of quilters stitching circles at 100 miles per minute….circles require the beginner to SLOW DOWN!

Practice on paper first.  This is a good time to pull out your lined notebook paper…

Don’t worry!  We’re going to start slowly…Today’s tutorial is only three steps.  Please practice this a lot.  First on paper, then on your machine, then on paper again!

This will help you develop the MUSCLE MEMORY required as we work through all the tutorials in the next few weeks…

By the end of the month, YOU will be stitching circles at 200 miles per minute!

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

 

To begin learning circles, draw two lines.  I recommend 1/2 inch or 3/4 inches to begin.  This size is neither too large nor too small…

Begin stitching in the middle, between the two lines…Stitch clockwise to create the first circle…Continue stitching clockwise directly on the previous line of stitching.  You will stitch 1 and 1/2 circles…

NOTE:  The image below shows 1-1/2 circles with the second row of stitching offset a bit–this is for demonstration only—you should stitch ON the previous stitching.

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

Continue stitching clockwise over the previous line of stitching.  When you reach the middle point (half -way between the top and bottom lines)–stitch a straight line…The Dash

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

For the next circle, stitch counter clockwise…

Continue on this way to the end of the line stitching a clockwise circle, a dash, a counter-clockwise circle…

This looks fabulous, but more importantly—it develops MUSCLE MEMORY for future motifs!

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

By offsetting the Dots and Dashes, you can create a very modern background for any quilt!  I used this background fill on The Fabulous Flower Tablerunner--I think you will soon find many uses for this fabulous filler!

PRACTICE

Once you are comfortable with Dots and Dashes–try different size circles from very large to very small.  Keep the clockwise-counterclockwise flow going…You’ll need it next week!

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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 or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS…The above tutorial was stitched with Sulky 40 wt on top, Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric with Warm and Natural batting using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my domestic sewing machine. (no BSR)

**PPPS…Morse code for…Happy Stitching, from Lori!