Good Morning Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!
Today is December 2. The Count-down to Christmas has begun! It is my FAVORITE time of year…decorating, baking, entertaining, shopping, presents and lots of FAMILY TIME! With all this extra-curricular activity, please be patient if I don’t post every day through out December. There will be just three Tuesday Tutorials in December…
Today’s tutorial is EASY, forgiving and goes anywhere! The Poinsettia would look great on ANY Christmas quilt, traditional or modern. This poinsettia would make a gorgeous Christmas pillow, or it would be beautiful in the corner of a Christmas napkin. Stitch three down the center of strip of fabric–perhaps on-point to create a table runner….
Once you start stitching, you won’t want to stop….
THE POINSETTIA FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL
Begin by drawing a square.
(For the tutorial below, I used 4-1/2 inch square. Odd size you say? That was the size of the ruler I picked up–make it easy on yourself, use whatever size square ruler is at hand. This motif looks great at 4 inches or 15 inches! )
Begin by stitching a cluster of circles. (See Pebbles Quilt Tutorial) If your square is small, 6-7 circles will be sufficient. If your square is larger, add more.
Next stitch a pointy petal. End the petal CLOSE TO but NOT touching the cluster if circles.
Echo stitch the inside of the petal.
Stitch over one or two stitches and stitch a vein into the center of the petal.
Echo stitch the vein and then stitch out of the first petal.Continue stitching petals around the center.
Echo stitch halfway outside of the last petal to begin the next row of petals.
Each petal is stitched the same way…Stitch a pointy petal, echo stitch the inside, stitch a vein.
Then stitch out and around the first row of petals to begin the next petal.
Continue adding rows of petals until the block is nearly filled- two or three rows.
The Perfect Poinsettia:
For more embellishment, add a few festive Curls (See Curl Tutorial HERE)
Continue adding Curls around The Poinsettia to fill the block.
Can’t stop quilting?…Add Pebbles around The Poinsettia.
I’d call this POINSETTIA POP!
What could be prettier than three Poinsettias in a row to create a Christmas table runner?
Grandma would LOVE this for Christmas!
What about YOUR Christmas list?
Who do YOU know that needs a new table runner?
A Poinsettia table runner–PRICELESS!
Later this week…see what I’m making with this gorgeous motif…
North Pole Quilters
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