Daisy Pop! A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

What’s poppin’ in YOUR garden this week?

The only thing blooming in my yard so far…dandelions!  But even that is a welcome sight after months of Minnesota snow!

THE DAISY POP

Today we have a really fun floral motif that will add texture to your quilts–The Daisy Pop!

There are three types of contrast that help show off our quilting…

Thread contrast

Shape contrast

Density contrast 

Daisy Pop takes advantage of Density Contrast.  By stitching a large, open circle surrounded by echo stitching and small petals, the circles POP off the quilt creating a pretty flower and pretty texture.

(For more on Contrast, be sure to check out Chapter 2 “Skillbuilding” in my book Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 personalized copies available from Etsy HERE.  Also available on Amazon HERE).

DAISY POP MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

No marking is required for this motif–the center circles do not need to be perfect.  If you are more comfortable marking, do so as you go.  The circles here are approximately the size of a spool.

Begin by stitching a clockwise circle.

Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

For most of the flowers, there will be a short “stem”…

So stitch clockwise and counter clockwise to avoid stitching over the stem.

Closely echo stitch the circle 2-3 times.

Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

Add scallops around the circle.

Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the scallops 2-3 times then add a short stem to begin the next Daisy in the chain.Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

Keep the Daisies closely spaced and add smaller flowers if you like.
Machine Quilting, Daisy, Lori Kennedy

This motif seems so happy to me.  It would look great on any child’s quilt, summer quilts, a table runner, pillows….

Where will YOU add Daisy Pop?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Violets-A Modern Whole Cloth Quilt

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I just LOVE to see what YOU are working on!  Vireya of Weed and Stitch sent me this photo of how she used the Grid Pop design to highlight her beautifully appliquéd basket.  Check out more of Vireya’s work at Weed and Stitch HERE.  Beautiful!!

Vireya's Grid Pop on Applique

Vireya’s Grid Pop on Applique

Have YOU had time to stitch a Violet or two? (yesterday’s tutorial)

Be sure to DOODLE first! (as always!)

VIOLETS ON VIOLET-DENSITY CONTRAST

This small whole cloth quilt of Violets is a good example of Density Contrast.

By surrounding the Humble Violet with more densely stitched echo stitching and swirls, the Violet is able to shine!

This small whole cloth quilt is stitched with Sulky Rayon 40 wt (white) on top and 50 wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.  (The combination works like a charm in my BERNINA 770QE).  I used a #90 Topstitch needle to accommodate the heavy weight thread.

To make the Violets pop even more – use thread in a color that matches the background fabric for the echo stitching and background fill=Thread Contrast.

Give Density Contrast a try in YOUR next quilt!

Add Thread Contrast for more “pop”…

Our Humble Violet deserves to shine!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to reblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!