How to free motion spirals on your quilt: 3 dynamic designs by Robin Bogaert December 8, 2021 written by Robin Bogaert December 8, 2021 330 My hope is that anyone interested in learning to free motion quilt has been following along this week. Yesterday I discussed tips for successful free motion quilting and 3 simple quilting designs. Today, I’m sharing how to do some spiral designs including continuous spirals, spiral flowers, and ocean waves. I’m also working with some luscious Gütermann Metallic Thread and continuing with the UNIQUE Quilting Therm Fleece and very pretty Fabric Creations cotton fabric. Spirals are a fun whimsical, somewhat modern design that adds some lovely texture to quilts. Let’s get started with how to draw them on paper, and then apply the drawing to a quilt sandwich. Spiral designs to practice on paper before stitching out on practice quilt sandwiches Design 1 Continuous spirals The continuous spiral is a basic design that you’ll quickly get the hang of with a bit of practice and is great for beginners. The following images show you how to get started. Continuous spiral design drawn on paper As you can see from the drawing above, start with a basic spiral by drawing a tail that rounds into the center point counter clockwise, and then echo that center point clockwise to come out of the center and move on to another tail that rounds into another spiral (spiral 2) and continue. Complete the entire page to train the brain for quilting on an actual practice sample (recommended). See my page below and spiral drawing number by number. Completed page of spiral designs number by number to show how a continuous spiral is drawn out Completed continuous spiral practice sample with Gütermann Metallic Thread Close-up of the gorgeous shiny Gütermann Metallic Thread making spiral designs look so pretty Note: The size of the spirals doesn’t have to be consistent; this is a personal choice as the sewist is the artist. Design 2 Spiral flowers Spirals can morph into flower designs and are a very natural way to get floral designs started. In the case of a rose or cabbage rose, flowers appear to have a spiral center so it’s only natural to use a spiral to make a flower. See the progression of photos below. Start with a simple center spiral design to make the beginning of a flower Wrap the spiral into the side of it to get ready to draw petals attached to the spiral The flower completed with petals added continuously to the outside of the spiral design Samples of the basic flower design, continuous flowers, and cabbage rose design made by continuously building on the petals The cabbage rose design is a great design also to fill in a single area; for example, if you have a solid fabric that needs a design. Single cabbage rose design done on solid fabric is a great filler design all started with a spiral Pretty in pink spiral flower designs with Gütermann Cotton Thread and UNIQUE Sewing Wash-out Marker used to mark quadrants Design 3 Ocean waves Ocean waves are a great design to show movement, I often use it with landscape quilts to show water and waves and is a dynamic design. It’s relatively easy to draw as it is based on cursive handwriting ‘C’. See photo below. Ocean waves drawn like a continuous cursive ‘C’ from left to right Spiral designs on free motion practice samples and made into potholders To execute ocean waves on the practice quilt, draw a tail from the left, take the lign up to the right into a cursive ‘C’, curl towards the center and back down and around into another wave or cursive ‘C’. You’ll need to do this by starting and stopping your line. It’s also a great border design. This concludes today’s designs. Join me tomorrow when I discuss leaves, feathers and plume quilting designs which also work great as both a filler and border. Again, I’ll be transforming my practice samples into seasonal potholders with Fabric Creations and Fabric Palette cotton fabric. This is part 3 of 5 in this series Go back to part 2: 22+ essential TIPS for free motion quilting success [beginners] Go to part 4: Boost your free motion quilting skills with these 3 nature-inspired designs Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs393Fabric CreationsFabric Palettefabricsfree motion quilting tutorialfree patternsGütermann Sew-All ThreadnotionsOdif 505 Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesive Fabric SpraypotholdersSCHMETZ Quilting Needlessew easySew Easy 9 Piece Circle TemplateSew Easy Freezer PaperSew Easy Jelly Monster TemplatetutorialsuniqueUNIQUE Quilting Therm FleeceUNIQUE Sewing Wash-Out Marker FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Robin Bogaert Robin Bogaert is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at quiltingintheloft.com and has many years of quilting experience. Robin was the past owner of a quilt shop in Windsor, Ontario and now resides in Waterloo. Robin's roots in quilting are traditional, however she appreciates modern quilt design as well and considers the focus of work to be designing, teaching, trunk shows, free motion quilting, ruler work and thread painting. In addition to her passion for sharing all things quilting, Robin is busy with pattern design and sells her patterns on her website and with Craftsy.com. Robin was featured in the Summer 2016 and 2017 (Canada 150th) edition of Quilters’ Connection Magazine and is a new guest contributor at QUILTsocial.com. previous post 22+ essential TIPS for free motion quilting success [beginners] next post Boost your free motion quilting skills with these 3 nature-inspired designs YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... 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