Monday, January 13, 2014

KISMIF #8--Curls & Vines

Welcome to my free-motion quilting (FMQ) weekly thread-path tutorial KISMIF, where we try to "keep it simple and make it fun"!

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So, last week we talked about leaves and their variations.  Leaves really are a "basic" design, and I hinted that you can dress-up your FMQ by adding other elements such as ribbons and curls.  As a continuation of that theme, I'm going to teach start with the basic curl & swirl design then progress to the intermediate designs--more vines.  They look fabulous as borders or as basic edge to edge (E2E) designs.  I once thought about  dividing this post into Borders and E2E, but found that I interchange them all the time and decided to share the basic thread-path.  It is how and where that thread-path is used that determines whether it's a border or E2E.  I've noticed that these posts end up a lot longer than I intend them too.  Sorry about that, if you think they're too long, just leave me a note in the comment section.

Modern Tradition Quilts

HOW TO PRACTICE (If you're a regular reader, you can skip this paragraph. :)  As with all of my pantographs, the starting point is marked with a red star and the exit is marked with a blue smaller star.  Trace the panto in the order of the numbers following the direction the arrows indicate.  To practice them for long-arm style machine quilting, trace the panto initially, then repeatedly sketch until you're comfortable on a dry-erase board.  If you use sit-down or domestic style machine quilting, have someone hold a dry-erase marker vertical and in the same spot for you.  Then move the dry-erase board around repeatedly until you feel comfortable with the motif.

This quilt has a traditional "vine" border quilted one it as an E2E style.  It's thread-path is actually a swirl with feather plumes driven off it.  I'll have to teach that in another post.  I'm thikin' February should be dedicated to Feathers!

To begin this, I should tell you how to do a basic Curl or Swirl.  They alone make great back-ground fillers.

As a back-ground filler.


As a vine.









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