WIP–Fabulous Flower Tablerunner

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

Yesterday’s tutorial was The Fabulous Flower, and because I felt we could use a little color around here…

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

I stitched this table runner for my kitchen table.

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

In a break from my normal routine, I employed a bit of self-discipline and applied the binding immediately.

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

I think it will look great on my table…now it’s off to the garden center for some flowers to match!

Next week’s Tuesday Tutorial:  The Circle 

The Fabulous Flower–Tuesday Tutorial

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Have you heard the poem, “April showers bring May flowers…”  It is raining here, so we better get a start on our garden of flowers!

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This flower  is larger in scale than most of the tutorials we have worked on to date.  It is stitched in 5 simple passes.  That sounds complicated, but it is not!

The “rails”-(our drawn guidelines)- are 1-1/4 inch apart.  The entire motif is 2-1/2 inches wide.

Start by stitching a row of spirals down the center line.  This is the first “pass”.   (There are two spiral tutorials start here, then review here-or in the Quilt Tab above.)

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The second “pass” stitching forms the petals on the right side of the motif.  –Stitch scallops around the circle of the spiral.  If the spiral “tail” is long, stitch next to it to form a stem.  Add a leaf if there is extra room.  It is not necessary to add a leaf for every flower–in fact, I find it more interesting if the leaves are different and added in an irregular pattern.

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, we will stitch the “third pass”–the left-sided petals.  Again, stitch scallops around the spiral, and around the “tail” of the spiral.  Here again, if the tail is long, you may stitch along side of it to create a stem look, or stitch scallops.  Add a leaf here and there…

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The final two “passes” give the motif a very polished, finished look–and they are the easiest…Simply echo quilt along each side of the flower!

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Hmm…Mother’s Day is just around the corner…

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday–I will be finishing a table runner featuring The Fabulous Flower

Next week:  We will begin working with circles!

And as always,  thanks for pinning on Pinterest!