Free Motion Quilting-The Patriot’s Challenge

 

Free motion quilting, flag and USA MapWORKING IN SERIES

Last year for the Fourth of July, I made The Anchor Quilt

I intended to stitch a few more Americana quilts that were swirling in my head, but summer slipped away…

Free motion quilting, flag and USA MapThis year, I challenged myself to work in series–create several free motion quilts with a patriotic theme.

One way to help unify a group of quilts is to limit the supplies:  In this challenge, I limited myself to a piece of Robert Kaufman Kona fabric in Riviera blue and Sulky Rayon thread in pale yellow.

Free motion quilting, flag and USA Map

This flag quilt was a simple way to begin the series…It is 7″ x 10″.  The Greek Key free motion quilt motif may be found in the weekly tutorials and is one of my favorites.

Free motion quilting, flag and USA Map

The second quilt is a bit larger…USA is 20″ x 15″….

Free motion quilting, flag and USA Map

Free motion quilting, flag and USA Map

Tomorrow…More of The Patriot’s Challenge…Working in Series...

And there’s still time to join me!

Choose one color fabric:  red, white or blue?…and one thread…YOUR country…

…and crown Thy good with brotherhood…

Lori

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Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!  So glad you’re here!

Thank YOU for spreading the word…we’re growing our community of FEARLESS free motion quilters every day!

Our motto:  STIPPLE NO MORE!…too many other fun patterns–find more than seventy five free motion quilting patterns right here at The Inbox Jaunt.–(and most of them are easier than stippling!)

Get out your sketchbooks and doodle pads…We are working on a new motif this week–The Starry Night free motion quilt pattern.

This pattern will require a little more doodle practice because we are going “off the rails”.   This is a “Fill Pattern” – a pattern to stitch all over a quilt or in a background.  It does not follow a line.  With a little paper and pen practice you’ll soon be stitching Stars and Moons in Free motion on your next quilt!

THE STARRY NIGHT FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

In most of the Tuesday free motion quilt tutorials, we begin with “rails” –drawn lines that keep the quilted motifs in an even row.  Whenever you are stitching a fill pattern-there are no rails.  Start stitching  either in the middle of the project or in a corner.

Begin by stitching an upward curve and echo stitching around the curve–this is a “Moon”

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Next, stitch three triangles around the “Moon”…to create a partial “Star”.

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The sequence looks like this:

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Next, stitch a “C” shaped “Moon”–

NOTE-“Moons” can face either direction—

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Then stitch three more triangles around the second “moon”…

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch another “moon”–This moon can go down as in the photo below…or it could go UP…

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialThree more triangles…

Starry Night-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Continue on this way to fill the background…

This does take some practice.

  • Doodle first.  If you can’t do it on paper, you won’t be able to stitch the motif.
  • If you get stuck in a corner, knot off and start again.
  • A “Moon” can be stitched with three lines of stitching before adding the triangles.
  • The “Stars” can be stitched with two, three, four, or five triangles…
  • If you get stuck in a corner, echo back around any motif into an open area.
  • Relax and have fun!
  • Once you get on a roll, you won’t want to stop…so do the laundry first!

Free Motion Quilted stars

 

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, with Warm and Natural batting.  Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon on top–size 90 Topstitch needle.

Signed,

Stitching in the Moonlight until Midnight,

Lori

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Fireworks-A Paper Piecing Project

Paper Pieced Fireworks, Quilt In honor of Independence Day, Peggy created this gorgeous Fireworks Paper Piecing Project in red, white and blue!

UPDATED:  July 4, 2014

Note from Peggy:  People who are not using the templates as such for the Fireworks project have asked for a full sized line drawing (“Foundation”, in paper piecing terms) so here that is too.
Plus a piecing sequence guide.   FOUNDATION PATTERN 

Turn it sideways and it has a different look…

Paper Pieced Fireworks, QuiltWait….now it looks like The Union Jack!…

Oh well…it was more than 200 years ago…

Click here for the paper pieced fireworks pattern templates.

***NEWLY ADDED***(Added July 1, 2014)  Click here for the full fireworks pattern–25 pages—

Paper Pieced Fireworks, Quilt   Click here for the fireworks color chart. Paper Pieced Fireworks, Quilt   Click here for the fireworks paper pieced expanded drawing. Paper Pieced Fireworks Pattern Click here for the Fireworks Foursome layout.

And for a little more inspiration:  a few color ways to consider

Paper Pieced Fireworks, Quilt

 

NOTES FROM PEGGY

The pattern is a little different this time in that it is a mostly symmetrical pattern. I have chosen to just give the 6 templates for one of the eight wedges. All the wedges are the same, except some must have lines extended, and some will be chopped off if used in the “flag” configuration. This means there are only a few sheets of templates rather than oodles more.

NOTES FROM LORI

Thank you, Peggy,  this is gorgeous!  I could also see this in red and green-like a Christmas present with a big bow and ribbons…

Tuesday–We’re going “off the rails” with our free motion quilt tutorial this week–no drawn lines to guide us as we learn a new all-over or “fill” pattern.

A Challenge–The rest of the week–I have challenged myself to work in a series.  Each day- a new small quilt with a patriotic theme…I think you will enjoy this…

PLEASE JOIN ME!

Start with an 8 inch by  8 inch piece of red, white or blue fabric and create a design with free motion quilting. (My projects range in size from 6″ x 8″ to 22″ square…)   One a day—no UFOs!

Signed,

Can’t resist a (sewing) challenge,

Lori

PS…any takers??

PPS…All tutorials, images, and information are the property of 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.