The Open Umbrella

Open Umbrella, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Good morning quilters!  Hope your weather is sunny and warm…In Minnesota, we were plowing snow last week, had several days of sunshine, and now it is raining cats and dogs.  It is definitely time to Open our Umbrellas!  

Yesterday, we worked on The Closed Umbrella (See that tutorial here.)  Today we will be more prepared for rain:

Start by stitching the top of the umbrella.  It is stitched like a flattened version of  The Open Leaf  (HERE)  with a mirror image…

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Next stitch three scallops and stop.  After completing the third scallop, back track to the center of that scallop and the stop again.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

From that point, at the middle of the third scallop, drop down and stitch the handle, stitch back up, and complete the scallops–you will stitch a half scallop first and then two complete scallops:  Do not close the umbrella.  In other words, leave a small open space between the last scallop and the top of the umbrella.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Next, stitch an echo line back to the top of the umbrella:

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

From the top of the umbrella, stitch a curved line toward the left-most scallop and the back to the center top.  Repeat this toward the right-most scallop and then echo quilt the outer line of the umbrella and back down to the scallops:

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Finish the umbrella by echo quilting the scallops and closing the motif by stitching right up to the first stitches you made in the motif.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Now you are ready for a rainy day!  Are you ready for the wind?  Not so much…

Next week’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Wind–It is a very versatile stitch that every quilter should have in their Seasonal Bag of Tricks...

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Tuesday Tutorial-The Closed Umbrella

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Welcome to all the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt.  We are so happy that you are joining in the free motion (and long arm) fun!  Also, I would like to thank all who sent “Warm Wishes” my way!  It was freezing cold and snowing last Tuesday and today it is sunny and warm!  You are an amazing group of readers!

Before we start today’s motif, I just wanted to thank the reader who alerted me to the missing Sweetheart Border Tutorial–It is now fixed and ready to be stitched! (See the Quilt tab above.)

Onward…Today we are doing a little “Doodle Quilting”.  I started with a 3 x 4 inch rectangle…

Fill most of the rectangle with a narrow triangle…

 

 

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Then stitch two scallops:

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Next, stitch the handle by curling down and then back…

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Stitch two more scallops, but don’t close the triangle—then stitch on the inside of the first side of the triangle:

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Stitch three narrow loops, ending at the top of the umbrella…

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Stitch down the side of the triangle (on the inside if you have room–otherwise stitch to the outside of the triangle)…

Finally, scallop across, back to the beginning and now close your triangle!

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Now you can embellish the Doodle

FMQ Tutorial, The Closed Umbrella, Long Arm Quilting

 

Tomorrow we will stitch the Open Umbrella and next week we will work on Wind!

Free Motion Quilting, Umbrellas,

 

Check out last week’s Work in Progress here for more umbrella photos…

Keep practicing, keep doodling, and let me know what you would like to see!