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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.
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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