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.

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne


P. said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm going to practice these on paper for a while and then machine. So you them vertically, top to bottom, not left to right? Interesting!

Di2Quilt said...

I found your blog through P. and there she is as the first comment!
Thanks for the great tutorial. I need to practice and practice!