The Sand Dollar-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

With temperatures dipping below zero in Minnesota, and schools closed because of extreme weather, perhaps a little “Sea Shore” Quilting will help warm our thoughts (if not our tootsies!)

For the next few weeks we will be working on a variety of sea shell inspired motifs.  Each of these patterns, are pretty enough to use on any quilt-not just Nautical or Summer Quilts.

The Sand Dollar free motion quilt motif can be used as a border (see below) or as an all-over or fill pattern.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingTHE SAND DOLLAR FREE MOTION QUILT MOTIF

If stitching the motif as a border, draw two lines or “rails” to keep the motif tidy.  (Or use the seam lines of the border as guidelines.)

Stitch a spike at an angle and echo stitch back.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingStitch two more “spikes” at an angle into the Sand Dollar.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingStitch along the bottom line several stitches beyond the spikes.

Curve up around the spikes.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingStitch up two stitches:

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingThen echo stitch back to the bottom line.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingStitch over a few stitches, then add three more spikes for the next Sand Dollar.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingKeep adding in this way to create the border.

To create a Fill or All-over pattern, echo stitch over the Sand Dollar to the next layer and add a Sand Dollar in the groove between Sand Dollars.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingAdd a third echo stitch line over any of the Sand Dollars to change directions…

This will make more sense as you stitch.

The Sand Dollar, Free Motion QuiltingThat’s it–The Sand Dollar-the first of our Sea Shell Series.  Each one will stand alone–or we will be able to combine them for a very interesting and complex design.

THE MYSTERY QUILT-A-LONG CONTINUES 

Last week was Week One of the Mystery free motion quilt-a-long.  Read more HERE.

Tomorrow–we begin stitching!  (We’ll be talking about thread before we start tomorrow…)

See you then!

Signed,

Lori and Sally      (Sally of seashore fame)

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