Star and Anchor Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilted AnchorToday is Day Two of my “Patriot’s Challenge”. (See Day One:  USA and The Flag free motion quilt project and Anchor #1 that started the idea…)

In this work-in-a-series, I limited myself to one piece of fabric:  Robert Kaufman Kona in “Riviera” and one thread:  Sulky Rayon in pale yellow.

Free Motion Quilted Anchor

Working in series allows the artist to explore a theme and/or a technique in more depth.  The challenge is to keep the series unified so it looks like a collection.

Free Motion Quilted Anchor

Unity can be achieved by repeating elements.  In this case the background fill, the colors and the thread are repeated, with the major design element varied.

Free Motion Quilted Anchor

Free Motion Quilted AnchorWhile working on each project, begin asking the question…What IF?

What if…this free motion quilted pattern instead…

What if…this border instead of spirals?

What if…this central design instead of a star or anchor?

What if…this negative space instead of…

Free Motion Quilted AnchorSoon, you’ll be working in series…

Tomorrow:  The Eagle, A Free Motion Quilt Patriot’s Challenge

Celebrating Stitching,

Lori

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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

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

 

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

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 share, tweet, pin, re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!