Sunday, September 26, 2010
Free Motion Quilting Posies Tutorial and Some Beautiful Quilts At Quilt Club
I've been asked to share how I did my free motion posies.
Below is a step by step picture of how I do my flowers.
The very first thing I do is to practice drawing on my drawing pad. Then I move onto my sewing machine and practice on my practice piece.
Everyone needs a practice piece of quilting by their machine. I always do a quilting warm-up before I quilt directly on my quilt. Please don't do what I did today. I did practice on my practice piece and failed to look at the underneath. If I would have looked, I would of noticed that I needed a tension adjustment. So I ended up ripping out a row of free motion quilting on my good quilt, which is not my idea of fun!
I first start off sewing a straight line with a curl on the end. I then back track on that curl to the straight line as in the picture below.
Then I form the pedals one by one.
All my posies are always a little different. I do try to keep the pedals about the same size and shape. If I don't concentrate when I'm doing them, they can get out of control.
When I finish my last pedal, I track through the flower to quilt my next straight line.
Hope my pictures and descriptions are helpful in advancing your quilting.
A dear friend of mine invited me to an informal quilt club. I haven't joined a quilt club for many years because I had just too many things going on in my life, but I think now is a really great time to share with others.
Therese showed us her beautiful sampler quilt. It is called Southern Star.
Check out these border fabrics. I just love how all the colors go together. I'm looking forward to see how Therese finishes her border.
Below is a memory quilt that Joan shared with us.
When my grandparents pasted on, I wish I would have thought of preserving their memory through a lap quilt like this. I am looking forward to seeing you ladies next month and thank you for sharing your quilts with us. I will be doing another post soon on how I'm doing on the Free Motion Quilt Along.