Free Motion Quilting -Quick Tips

Free Motion Quilting - TipsGood morning, Quilters!

Today–A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Escapes

Adding this little skill to your “bag of tricks” can dramatically improve the look of your free motion quilting!

Whenever stitching a “shape-within-a-shape”  motif–for example,  a leaf with stems in the center, or a flower with a stamen…

Leave a small opening in the bottom of the shape.  It will still “read” as a closed shape…

Free Motion Quilting - TipsLeaving this small gap allows the INNER stitching line to exit without a stitching over any previous line of stitching.

Free Motion Quilting - TipsThe “closed leaf” below looks messy with “overstitching”…

Free Motion Quilting - Tips

 

Free Motion Quilting - TipsFor other examples of leaving an “escape”  take a look at The Basic Leaf,  The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, and many of the other motifs found on The Free Motion Quilt Motif Page.

Using an ESCAPE to avoid “stitchovers” will give YOUR quilts an instantly improved appearance!

Give it a try!

Happy Stitches,

Lori

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

Modifying Free Motion Quilt Motifs

Sailboats Free Motion Quilting

Do you ever see a quilt pattern that is designed as a border, but you need a “fill” pattern?  Have you ever admired a square free motion quilt motif, but you needed to fill a circle?  Today’s challenge is designed to help you think of ways to modify any pattern to suit your quilting needs.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE

Change any of the free motion quilt motifs found HERE  (or by clicking the Red Apple in the Sidebar)  into an all-over or “filler” pattern and show us your results.  Doodle or stitch–we’d love to see it!

THE SAILBOATS

In the image above, I used The Sailboat tutorial and modified it to use as an all-over, continuous line design.  It took a bit of doodling, but I think it will look great on a summer quilt I am planning.  This practice piece (etude?–sounds more polished?) was stitched with Robison Anton Rayon on top and Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 80Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820–a domestic sewing machine with an extended harp space–without a BSR.

Doodle, Saillboat, Continuous Line Design

Please share your trials with the group by linking up below–just follow the smooth sailing InLinkz instructions–easy!  Once you’ve all had a chance to try InLinkz, I will be offering new challenges and new ways to win a few very nice prizes!

Ahoy,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are property of Lori Kennedy@The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  You are encouraged to share with your friends, guilds, re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

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A Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Free Motion Quilting, flowers, PuzzlesToday I have a little free motion design challenge for you:   Try morphing any two patterns from the Tuesday Tutorials.   I’ve morphed Nikki’s Puzzle with Flower Power.

This is a great design technique when you are quilting and want to transition from one pattern to another.  Instead of a sharp line between the two patterns, morph from one to the other.

For today’s challenge, try morphing any two designs, then link up below.  This can be stitched or just sketched in your notebook.  We’d love to see your new design!

This is my first time using InLinkz-so I have my own challenge…you can link to your blog or to Flickr…not sure about Facebook–anybody know??

Can’t wait to see!

Lori

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

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