The Square Daisy-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Morning, Quilters!

How does YOUR garden grow?  The daisies in my garden are just about to shine!

I LOVE daisies!

Today’s machine quilted daisy –perfect for any square block–is a variation of The Basic Block we learned last Tuesday– The Square Daisy is even easier to stitch!

Begin the motif in the corner, add a little spiral in the center (where many seams intersect) and add petals along the diagonal and straight divisions of the block–a perfect way to stabilize a block AND make it as pretty as a daisy!

THE SQUARE DAISY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

If necessary, draw diagonal lines across the block.  If the block has seam lines, this may not be required.

Begin stitching in the upper left corner.  Stitch a convex line ending before the center of the block.  Add a Spiral in the center of the block  (A full circle would work as well.)

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a pointed petal along the vertical axis of the block.

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue working clockwise around the block, adding pointed petals:

Add another pointed petal along the diagonal axis and the horizontal axis.

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the block…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Complete the half petal from the first step, then stitch all the way around the block…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Or stitch 3/4 around the first block to begin the next block.

(Finish stitch the left side of the blocks after all the blocks in a row are complete.)

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

He loves me…He loves me not…He loves me…

Square Daisy, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

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What could be prettier (or easier) than a row of daisies!

Next Tuesday–another Square Block variation!

Happy Doodle-Stitch-Garden!

Lori

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Free Motion Quilting Tutorial: Swirls and Twirls

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

It’s a chilly morning in Minnesota, but what do I care?  I don’t have to go anywhere this morning and we all know I have plenty of quilts to keep me warm!  I am going to quilt all day (I wish!)

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Today we are stitching a little Free Motion Party.  Swirls and Twirls looks like a “party-on-a-quilt” to me!  This pattern dances across the fabric and would look great on any quilt-formal or casual-waltz or zumba!

The Swirls and Twirls Tutorial

This is a 3-Pass pattern.  That means it will require three rows of stitching to complete the motif.

First, a little marking.  For each row of Swirls and Twirls, draw two lines 1 inch apart or more.  (This motif would be very difficult to stitch any smaller than one inch.)  On the bottom line, draw “ticks” 1-1/2 inches apart.  This will help you keep the spacing between the spirals even.  With practice, you may not need the tick marks.

(NOTE-Don’t forget… Frixion pen markings don’t come out with ironing–you must use steam to remove these lines-Thanks, Marianne for the reminder!)

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Stitch a row of spirals, filling in the one inch rails and  spacing the spirals between the tick marks.  See the Spiral tutorial HERE.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Begin the second pass by echo quilting over the top of the first spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a loop -extending above your marked one inch lines.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a second loop.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Add a third loop and then begin stitching toward the next spiral.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Your second pass should look like this:

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

The third pass is the same as the second, except underneath the spirals.

Echo stitch under the spirals, then add the loops…First one

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Then two and three…

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

This pattern takes a bit of practice, but it is so beautiful when it’s complete…

NOTE-Don’t worry if some of your loops are different shapes and get “squished” a bit.  Just avoid stitching over any other lines or double stitching in any area.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top using a Schmetz Topstitch size 80 needle on my Bernina 82o.

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Swirls

Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday and I have a little vase quilt with swirls and twirls and spirals and more to share…

Hope you have made some progress on your Quilt Notebooks…How many UFOs have you found?  (Read HERE about this week’s Notebook Assignment)  One reader described her search as an archaeological dig!

Warm wishes and Happy Stitching from Minnesota,

Lori

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This Week’s Tutorial-The Basic Leaf

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting TutorialGood Morning, Patient Quilters!  Sorry about the delay this week.  A little busy here at the Kennedy household…

Minnesota trees are in full color right now and I am inspired every time I look out the window.  In honor of the season, I am offering The Basic Leaf.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting TutorialStart by drawing three “rails”.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle “rail”.  Stitch a curved line and stop on the middle rail.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Reverse direction and stitch the mirror image back to your starting point.  (Leave a small gap–see photo below.)

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch a squiggly line to create the veins on the left side of your leaf.  Keep the lines away from the center line.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

At the top of the leaf, stop and then stitch a straight line down the center rail.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch the right veins with the squiggle stitch.  Then stitch out of the leaf and you are ready to begin the next leaf in the row!

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For variation- replace the squiggle lines with pointy lines.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This motif is a great leaf on ANY quilt.  The leaf is a classic motif.  It can look modern and it can look traditional.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

After you complete the row of leaves, experiment with filling in the open space.

In the photos below, I added a few curls and swirls.

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Each one is a little different, so I can’t do a tutorial on it, but if you would like I could design a repeatable pattern for a tutorial.  Try a few variations.  See what you come up with–and post them on Flickr HERE!–Perhaps a challenge???

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Have fun with this design, and try your own variations within the leaf as well!

The Basic Leaf Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Happy Halloween!

Lori

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