The Modern Leaf Square-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Over the last several Tuesday Tutorials, we have been adding to our repertoire of motifs that can be used to fill square blocks:

The Basic Block,

The Divided Square

The Square Daisy and

The Square Flower

In all of the Square Block motifs so far, a single element has been repeated along all the axes.

Today’s tutorial, The Modern Leaf Square, we have two different elements:  the leaf and the berry, alternating on the axes.

THE MODERN LEAF SQUARE-A FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing diagonal lines across the block, then divide the square horizontally and vertically. Add a small circle in the center.

Begin stitching in the left, upper corner.  Stitch the first half of an oval leaf, ending on the central circle.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch over 1-2 stitches, stitch a short straight line along the vertical axis and add a circle.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Closely echo stitch back to the central circle.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add a full leaf on the diagonal axis.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch over a few stitches, add a circle and the next leaf.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue working clockwise around the square, alternating leaves and circles.

Complete the first leaf and exit the block.

Stitch in the ditch or seam line to begin quilting the next block.  Or knot off before turning over another Modern Leaf Block.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Simple and pretty–thoroughly Modern.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

For a different look, change the placement of the elements:  add the circles on the diagonals and the leaves on the horizontal and vertical axes.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Or combine both in the same quilt for more interest!

Hope this inspires YOU to get quilting TODAY!!!

Signed,

Thoroughly-Modern-Millori

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!

Tuesday Tutorial: The Fleur-de-lis

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

Today is Tuesday and it is time for another free motion quilting tutorial!  Today we will be working on the classic Fleur-de-lis (or lily flower) motif.  We have two motifs today:  The Basic Fleur-de-lis and The Deluxe Fleur-de-lis.

Let’s start with The Basic Fleur-de-lis.

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

I always begin with two drawn lines or “rails“.  They can be any size that fits your quilt.  For this tutorial, the rails were 1 inch apart.  Begin in the center of the rails and stitch a right Downward Curl.  (Find that tutorial here.)  When stitching the curls, make your first curl (the inner curl) small and the outer curl larger:

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

After you complete the right downward curl, stitch a left downward curl–Use the rails and try to keep your curls within the marked lines—“Stay in the lines.  The lines are your friends…”

Next, stitch a “Flame Stitch”.  I haven’t posted a tutorial on the Flame Stitch, if anyone would like one, please let me know…

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

The basic Flame Stitch looks like this:

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

For The Basic Fleur-de-lis, add a curvy line through the center of the Flame which will allow you to begin at the base of the next fleur-de-lis.

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

TIP-The Downward Curls and the Flame Stitch all meet near the middle of this motif.  Be careful to offset them so that you do not overlap your stitches.  When stitches overlap, the quilting gets  “thready” which is messy looking.

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

The Basic Fleur-de-lis:

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

For The Deluxe Fleur-de-lis, replace the curvy line in The Flame Stitch with two One-Pass Circles.  (See the tutorial here.)

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

After you complete the entire row of this motif, echo-stitch on both sides of the pattern.

The Deluxe Fleur-de-lis:

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

Fleur de lis, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial,

Tomorrow:  It has been raining cats and dogs for the past two days, so tomorrow’s Work in Progress is a small Umbrella quilt.

Next Week’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Umbrellas for you!

Thank you to all who continue to pin on Pinterest and re-blog.  Our sewing circle gets wider every day–and this week we met hundreds of new readers including many from the Russian Federation.   Thank you to  http://www.darievna.ru  who re-blogged the Easter Egg Tutorial. (I have to find a translator program to read it, but thank you!)

Note: All the photos and tutorials are for personal use only.  No commercial use…(I hope to publish a book some day…)

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