It’s April already! Hardly seems possible!
Here’s a quilted calendar for you to enjoy. It’s high-resolution, and printable!
Good morning, Quilters and welcome back to another Tuesday Tutorial–your source for FREE—Free Motion Quilt Tutorials and Motifs! I would like to start by saying “Thank You” to all of you for your overwhelming response to my announcement that I will be writing a featured column in American Quilter magazine–(on newsstands very soon!). (Read more HERE)…Your notes of encouragement are greatly appreciated! It is thrilling to see the tutorials in print, and I think you will like the new projects demonstrated in the magazine…
THE PRETTY BOW TUTORIAL
Today, we are working on a charming motif for your next quilt. It can be stitched in rows, or as a single motif. With a little doodling, I’m sure we could turn this motif into an all over fill pattern to replace (the dreaded) stippling–As you know, I can’t stipple…
Begin by drawing three “rails”, equidistant apart–just to keep things tidy. In the samples below, the “rails” are 3/4″ apart.
Begin stitching on the middle rail and stitch a horizontal loop to the left.
Next, stitch a horizontal loop to the right.
Next, stitch a larger horizontal loop around the first loop.
And repeat to the right.
To create the ribbon- drop down and stitch a line with a curl.
Stitch around this line and back up to the bow.
Stitch the right ribbon by angling to the right and stitching a curl.
Stitch around the right curl and back to the center. Stitch along the middle rail in a straight line to begin the next Pretty Bow!
This little bow would look great on any girl’s quilt, a set of pillowcases, a present for Mother’s Day….
Where will YOU stitch The Pretty Bow?
I’d love to hear (and see!)
PS…This sample was stitched with Robison Anton rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 (extra wide harp space and really big bobbin) without a stitch regulator–using a Schmetz #90 Topstitch needle.
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THE QUILT NOTEBOOK IN REVIEW
In our last episode of The Quilt Notebook see HERE, we started with this premise: In order to constantly improve and develop our skills, we must try new techniques and be methodical in our efforts.
To this end, we created two lists in our Quilt Notebooks:
We also discussed how to systematically improve our skills by working on one or two new techniques in every quilt.
While there are a myriad of quilting techniques to try, there are several basic skills that every quilter must master first. Once these skills are learned, the entire quilting process will be more enjoyable and then the truly creative process will be possible.
After consulting with over 4000 of my colleagues (Read more HERE), I have THE LIST: Twelve Essential Skills Every Quilter Must Learn in order to create a quilt from start to finish.
And I guess we could make it a Baker’s Dozen:
13. Five crock pot recipes to get you through a week of non-stop quilting!
These 12 skills are all that’s needed to create a lovely, prize winning quilt. Once we have mastered these techniques, we can be more creative and break the rules or Gild the Lily with techniques such as applique, embroidery, embellishments, curved piecing, free motion quilting……..(We’ll discuss THE NEXT TWELVE later in the year!)
We will be reviewing all of these techniques in great detail this year with tutorials, reference materials, and online examples.
OUR QUILT NOTEBOOKS
For now…Add a new list to your Quilt Notebook: The Essential Twelve…
Then ask yourself: (Grade yourself if you like–and date the report card to check progress over the year.)
Make these twelve skills a priority for your Big Three quilts on which you are currently working.
Remember: In order to constantly improve and develop our skills, we must try new techniques and be methodical in our efforts. THE ESSENTIAL TWELVE FIRST!
If anyone knows of any great tutorials for The Essential Twelve, please let us know. I’d like to start a list of reference material. Also, if anyone would like to write a Guest Post on any of The Essential Twelve, I’d be happy to link to your blog…