I love to do continuous curve quilting with swirls on the diagonals. First off, what is continuous curve quilting? It is a series of arcs done to mimic the traditional hand-quilted 1/4 inch seam. When I was new at it, I used a circular quilt ruler to create nice rounded arcs and ensure I hit the center pieced corner. Due to years of practice, I rarely use the arc anymore, but here is a picture of it all the same! Before I had a quilting machine, I was able to do this using my domestic machine. However, it was not possible to use the machine quilting arc ruler shown to get the curves needed. While someone new to it may want to consider drawing on the arcs, I did not. With quilt being so close to you as you push it through the machine sitting down, I found it easy to get enough accuracy.
This is a sample diagram of thread-paths that I sent to a past customer. As all the pantographs are that I share here, start at the star icon and follow the numbers across for completion.
|This photo shows the saw-tooth border quilted out.|
While the thread-path diagram in basic form may look like this, here are some photos of my completed work on various blocks using this style. I really enjoy doing QBOMS--in fact I think it's my "specialty." As you can see, this technique works on a variety of blocks.
A special thank-you goes out to Free-Motion Tuesday. I appreciate Connie hosting her weekly linky party. To view more, visit her here:http://conniekresin.com/ or click on the link in my RHS bar. I also appreciate Needle & Thread Thursday's Linky Party and sharing it with them. They're also on my RHS button bar. I hope you've enjoyed this post. Until next time, Happy Quilting!