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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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