Straight Line Triangles-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Thank you again for helping us celebrate the birth of our grandson, Henry.  There is nothing like being a Grandmother!  (Though I’m having a hard time thinking of myself as a grandmother…)

Today I have a simple motif for you…if you keep it small (less than two inches)–it’s an EASY motif.  As the motif gets larger, it adds to the challenge level as it can be difficult to stitch long straight lines on a domestic sewing machine.   I recommend keeping this motif less than five inches wide.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  In the sample below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQIn this sample, the lines are four inches apart.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQNext, use a ruler and chalk to mark angled lines.

It is not necessary to make true triangles or to keep all of the angles the same.  It is more interesting if the “triangles” aren’t really triangles.
Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Begin stitching on one of the parallel lines.  Stitch parallel lines back and forth to fill the space.

Then turn the corner and stitch parallel to the first drawn line.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQUsing the darning foot as your guide.  Try to keep it the same distance away from each line.
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Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQAt each corner, stitch over a few stitches and begin the next “triangle”–always stitching parallel to your drawn lines.

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQThis is a great pattern to help you develop your eye for spacing.  Keep your eye on the distance between the presser foot and the previous line of stitching–the lines don’t need to be perfect–we want a hand made (not computer stitched) quilt!Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQ

If your border is wider than you can handle comfortably…stitch multiple rows of the pattern and add a little something between the rows rather than enlarging beyond five or six inches. (Any curvy motif like spirals or leaves or flowers would look nice here--See all the motifs HERE).

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQREMEMBER–Whenever you encounter a motif that is difficult to stitch on your domestic sewing machine, try a “work around”.

Often the new pattern is even better than the planned motif and no one will be the wiser that you really wanted to stitch an eight inch border with this motif!

Straight Line Triangles, LKennedy, FMQAs Tim Gunn would say “Make it Work, People!”

Make sure to drop by tomorrow to see this motif “in action”.–It might surprise you!

Happy Stitches!

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE with it’s bright light and huge bobbin…using Aurifil cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top–love that sheen–and the two threads lockstitch beautifully!

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Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Chevron

Free motion quilting tutorial, ChevronIt’s Tuesday–and that can mean only one thing here at The Inbox Jaunt--It’s time for another FREE free motion quilt tutorial!  Today we are stitching The Chevron.  The Chevron is a beginner free motion quilt motif, and whether you are stitching on a domestic sewing machine like I do ( I stitch on a Bernina 820) or on a long arm machine, you will find this lovely pattern fast and fun.  When stitched in rows in looks like a herringbone pattern.  Perhaps that is why I think of it as an autumn pattern??

Like the Two Triangles  free motion quilt tutorial from last week, The Chevron looks fabulous on any quilt with triangles.   Also, it easily morphs into a gorgeous pine tree or Christmas tree.  Continue reading

Tuesday Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-Two Triangles

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Today is Tuesday and while I’m a little later than usual–I have a workhorse of a tutorial for you!

Today I offer two basic triangles, The Basic Triangle and The Arrowhead Triangle.  These two motifs will look great on any quilt that has pieced triangles (don’t they all?!) and I can picture these triangles on any Southwest inspired quilt–like arrowheads.  Also, triangle quilting complements nautical quilts–the triangles look like sailboats, and of course, this pattern would look great on any quilt that has flying geese…I guess what I’m saying…use triangles on all your quilts!

In a few weeks, we will be modifying these simple triangles to create Christmas trees and Cupid’s arrows–so let’s get started!

This is a beginner free motion quilting pattern.  Doodle the pattern for a few minutes, then start stitching!

Begin by drawing three evenly spaced “rails”.  In the sample below, the rails are 1/2 inch apart.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin stitching on the middle rail.  Stitch straight up. Stop.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch straight across to the right rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch up and to back to the middle rail.  Next, stitch up several stitches and begin again.

Repeating to create a long chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Arrowhead Triangle begins the same as the basic triangle.  Begin stitching on the center rail.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Instead of stitching straight across, stitch up and to the center rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch down and to the right rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Finally, stitch to the point on the middle rail.

Continue on to create a chain of arrowhead triangles.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For further design exploration...try varying the size of the triangles and combining the two triangles within a chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I’m working with some heavier specialty threads and simple designs like this work best.  I’ll have more samples to show later this week.

Also, Open Line Friday will focus on needles and needle selection!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

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