Decorating Easter Eggs with Free Motion Quilting–A Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

With Easter less than a week away–it’s time to start decorating eggs!   I’d like to say this is a less messy version of traditional egg decorating, but if you took one glance at my sewing studio…

Start by sketching an oval on paper to use as a pattern…Then draw several eggs on to your fabric–rotating them at different angles.  You might like to overlap the eggs and tuck a few behind the rest…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

In order to stitch the eggs, begin at the top and stitch all the way around and back to your starting point.  Be bold!  If you hesitate at all, you’ll end up with a bumpy egg–see below:

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

For the basic egg, begin with a small circle at the top..then just stitch curves right to left, back and forth to give the egg contour…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous…add a spiral at the top…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

and then add scallops.  Try to keep the scallops following your contour lines.

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Now that was fun, so let’s add loops!

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

…and why not swirls?

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

But don’t stop there…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

In less time than it takes to make an omelet, you’ll have a dozen Easter eggs embellished!

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Now we need an Easter Bunny to hide our gorgeous eggs…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Tomorrow:  Free Motion Quilted Bunnies

Looking vs. Seeing–an Exercise

It's Not What You Look at But What You See, Thoreau

Look-  verb- to turn one’s eyes toward something

It's Not What You Look at But What You See, Thoreau

Seeverb–to perceive with the eyes

It's Not What You Look at But What You See, Thoreau

Perceive-verbto become aware of, discern or understand

It's Not What You Look at But What You See, Thoreau

If you have a few minutes today, take time to really “see” something…examine it closely.  Look at the details: shape, color, line, contour…

Here’s a little tip:  if you really want to see something–try drawing it.  Don’t worry about your drawing skills—that is not the goal of this exercise. The goal is to really “see” something.  Once you have drawn it, you will not have just looked at the object…you will have “seen” it!