Work in Progress-The Red Flower Stencil

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

This week, I am working on a few stencil projects including this stencil from Quilting Creations. (Cambridge PC3)

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

It took a couple of minutes to trace with my Clover pen

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

I love the basic outline, but you know me…I could never leave it there…

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

The stencil is just an excuse to doodle!

Red Flower Stencil, Free Motion Quilting

Now off it goes into the bottomless pile of “quilts that require binding”  (and labels!)

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Tuesday Tutorial–The Shamrock

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Welcome back to Tuesday Tutorials at The Inbox Jaunt. If you are new to The Inbox Jaunt, make sure you check out all the free motion quilting tutorials in the Quilt tab above.   Today’s tutorial is The Shamrock which builds on The Spirals  (to see the spiral tutorials read here and here.)

The following photo shows where we are going:

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Begin with a vertical tail (this will be the stem of our clover) and then stitch the basic spiral.  There’s a little trick here…When you get to the center of your spiral, trace back on the OUTside of your spiral.  When you do this, you will end on the OUTside and you will be ready to move UP.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Trace around the outside of your spiral until you are back at the center “stem”.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

From here, begin the “top” of the shamrock by stitching another spiral.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Again, spiral to the outside and finish near the center at the “stem”.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Now stitch the final spiral on the left side of the shamrock.  Once you are finished with all three (or four if you are feeling lucky) petals of your shamrock, stitch around the entire motif once or twice.  This neatens up the motif and gives it more shape.  Also, if you want the shamrock larger, you can simply trace around it (echo quilt) several times as I did in the Shamrock Mini Doodle Quilt. (See that quilt here.)

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

And there you have it!  Easy as key lime pie!  But don’t stop there…four leaves are just as easy as three!

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial