The Snowflake-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

It’s Tuesday and time for our first Tuesday Tutorial of 2014!  As I mentioned yesterday, Minnesota (like most of the country) is in a deep freeze.  The thermometer is stubbornly stuck at -15 F.  (Which is a heat wave compared to yesterday’s temp of -42F.)  In weather like this, it is impossible to quilt daisies and tulips…Today I offer–The Snowflake, (and a few snowballs) for your free motion quilting tutorial of the week.

This pattern can be stitched in long rows.  Add a few snowballs (see Spiral tutorial HERE) and you have a gorgeous pattern than can fill a border or a very large space.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

In this pattern, I began by drawing lines one inch apart.  You may draw your lines farther or closer apart as fits your project.

Begin stitching ON your drawn line.  Stitch down a short distance, then stitch at an upward angle and back to the center line.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch perpendicular to your drawn line and back to the center.  (NOTE- do not stitch over any previous stitches and leave a gap in the center of your snowflake. )

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch out from the center and a downward angle and STOP here.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For this part of the snowflake, instead of stitching back to the center…stitch past the center (drawn) line and up to the right of your snowflake.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Return to the center line, and stitch another line to the right and perpendicular to the drawn line.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Finish the last “spoke” of the snowflake and stitch down the center line to begin another snowflake.

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The key to this pattern is to never cross over any other line with your stitching.

By staggering the adjacent rows, the snowflakes create a beautiful fill pattern.  But, you know me…when quilting gets too regular, I have to start changing things up–hence the snowballs….

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FYI–The Snowflake mini quilt above was stitched on my Bernina 820 with Sulky 40 wt on top and Aurifil 40 wt in the Bobbin.

We will be doing more with this lovely snowflake pattern in the future…so I hope you will take the time to learn it now!

Tomorrow–I have another style of Snowflake I am working on...

Warm wishes,

Lori

PS…All photos and tutorials are for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin and re-blog with attribution to yours truly at The Inbox Jaunt.

No commercial use permitted.

Start Today -A Quilt Notebook!

Notebooks

 

Good Morning from the Tundra!

Like much of the country, Minnesota is in a deep freeze!   It is so cold, the Governor cancelled class for all schools today.  It is currently -42F!  I can’t think of anything better on a cold day than to pour myself a cup of tea, wrap myself in a quilt and stitch!

Today I would like to encourage everyone to start a Quilt Notebook.  The Quilt Notebook is for planning, documenting and evaluating each quilt and project. (I have used several notebooks over the years –and I really wish I had just ONE notebook that contained ALL of my quilts. )

The purpose of the Quilt Notebook is to serve as a catch-all for all the ideas, sizes, calculations,  materials, and reference information for each project.  After the project is complete, the Notebook will provide a history of your quilting project and your progress as a quilter.  In the next few weeks, we will be discussing just what to include in YOUR notebook.   For now, just find a notebook you love!

Quilt Notebook

Things to consider when choosing your notebook:

Graph paper notebooks make sketching easier.

Loose leaf binders allow you to re-order your projects.

Quilt Notebook

We are going to start by analyzing our last 3-5 quilts.  I have a series of questions for you to answer.  For now, just collect your last 3-5 quilt projects and find a notebook.

Quilt Notebook

Until next time, Stay WARM! and send Warm Wishes this way!

Lori