Free Motion Quilting Circles–Tuesday Tutorial

Welcome to all the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt!   We are delighted that you have found our little circle of quilters!  In order to celebrate our ever-expanding ring of friends and followers, today we have free motion quilted circles!  We will be working on two types of circles:  The first circle is the One-Pass Circle and the second is called the Two-Pass Circle.  

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Last week we stitched the Fabulous Flower and a table runner that included the Fabulous Flower and rows of One-Pass Circles. (See the table runner here.)  The Fabulous Flower looks complicated, but it is quite easy.  Circles look easy, but are a little more difficult to stitch—(Don’t fear-YOU CAN do it!).  Like most very “simple” patterns, circles require more precision.  They require both doodling and stitched practice, but they are WORTH the EFFORT!  There are oo-oodles of circle motifs.  So, let’s get started!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Start with two drawn lines or “rails” to help keep the circles in a row.  Starting in the middle, stitch an entire circle-returning to your middle point (In the photo below there is a faintly drawn “X” where I began the left-most circle.)   After you return to your starting point, stitch over your previous stitches and sew another half circle…(You are actually stitching a circle and a half for every pattern…)  In the image below, I stitched a bit off the first line of stitching so you would be able to see the second row of stitching, but  normally, I try to stitch directly on top of my previous line of stitching.

Each circle is actually a circle and a half.  Between each circle, you may want to add a straight line…or you may begin your next circle right that point…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

The Two-Pass Circle is sewn in halves:  The first “pass” is the top of the circle, while the second “pass” is the lower half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Begin your row of stitching in the middle of your “rails”…Stitch the upper half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Then stitch the lower half of the circle…

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

When you are finished, it should look like  better than this!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

I usually stitch the One-Pass Circle–as I find it easier to create symmetric circles…but both circles are worth learning…

Once you have “The Circle” in your free motion quilting repertoire–I know you will find zillions of ways to put it to use!

Free Motion Quilting Circles Tutorial

Thank you for all the messages–I love to hear from you!  Also, if you have any questions about free motion quilting or any aspect of quilting, please don’t hesitate to ask…No question is too small…

WIP–Fabulous Flower Tablerunner

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

Yesterday’s tutorial was The Fabulous Flower, and because I felt we could use a little color around here…

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

I stitched this table runner for my kitchen table.

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

In a break from my normal routine, I employed a bit of self-discipline and applied the binding immediately.

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

Fabulous Flower Tablerunner, Free Motion Quilting

I think it will look great on my table…now it’s off to the garden center for some flowers to match!

Next week’s Tuesday Tutorial:  The Circle 

The Fabulous Flower–Tuesday Tutorial

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Have you heard the poem, “April showers bring May flowers…”  It is raining here, so we better get a start on our garden of flowers!

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This flower  is larger in scale than most of the tutorials we have worked on to date.  It is stitched in 5 simple passes.  That sounds complicated, but it is not!

The “rails”-(our drawn guidelines)- are 1-1/4 inch apart.  The entire motif is 2-1/2 inches wide.

Start by stitching a row of spirals down the center line.  This is the first “pass”.   (There are two spiral tutorials start here, then review here-or in the Quilt Tab above.)

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The second “pass” stitching forms the petals on the right side of the motif.  –Stitch scallops around the circle of the spiral.  If the spiral “tail” is long, stitch next to it to form a stem.  Add a leaf if there is extra room.  It is not necessary to add a leaf for every flower–in fact, I find it more interesting if the leaves are different and added in an irregular pattern.

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, we will stitch the “third pass”–the left-sided petals.  Again, stitch scallops around the spiral, and around the “tail” of the spiral.  Here again, if the tail is long, you may stitch along side of it to create a stem look, or stitch scallops.  Add a leaf here and there…

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The final two “passes” give the motif a very polished, finished look–and they are the easiest…Simply echo quilt along each side of the flower!

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Hmm…Mother’s Day is just around the corner…

The Large Flower, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Tomorrow is Work in Progress Wednesday–I will be finishing a table runner featuring The Fabulous Flower

Next week:  We will begin working with circles!

And as always,  thanks for pinning on Pinterest!