For the love of flowers
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE free motion quilting fun with flowers!! As a result, I have quite a few different flower designs that I use and I try to learn new ones whenever I can. But before I show you my favorite flowers designs, I’m going to show you some of the “building blocks” that you need to master before you move onto free motion quilting flower designs.
Spirals, spirals, spirals
Spiral designs are so much fun to quilt but you have to make sure that you are paying attention or you might get stuck in the middle with no way to exit! To start a spiral, you start as though you a quilting a big circle, but instead of closing it off, you keep heading in towards the middle using concentric circles. When you are stitching in to the middle, make sure that you leave enough room to follow the same pattern back out.
Once you are in the middle of the spiral you STOP moving. This will give you a nice crisp point. Then you start going backwards until you reach the outside again.
You can use this as an overall design as shown in the following photo, or you can use them in a line for a border as I will show you tomorrow.
Changing a spiral into a flower
Once you get the hang of spirals, you can add petals to the outside to make flowers. Rounded petals make one type of flower and pointy petals make another. Put loops or swirls in between the flowers to make the design more interesting. Here is a closeup of one of the spiral flowers.
My favorite free motion flower
I really love the following flower design as you can use it alone, with swirls and loops or echo around it to make a more complex design. Here is a video showing how I execute this design.
Free motion machine quilting a flower design – YouTube
Time to practice
Now that I showed you all of these flowers, it’s time for you to go practice on your own free motion quilting fun with flowers. Tomorrow we’ll finish up our free motion quilting with some border designs and then we’ll figure out how to put it all together into our sample book!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Landscape Elements & Modern Quilts
Go to part 5: Finishing Up Our Free Motion Quilting Sample Book