Today’s Topic: Free Motion Quilt the Sailboat Sampler!
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Good Morning, Quilters!
This week we are focusing on Chapter Four of 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting: Doodling and Stitching Horizontal Motifs.
If you are new to machine quilting, horizontal motifs are a great place to start. Stitching from left to right is natural to most quilters because we are used to writing from left to right. In addition, stitching on a horizontal plane allows the most open view of quilting. Whenever possible, orient your quilt to stitch from left to right. (We will discuss Directional Stitching more in a later lesson.)
Horizontal Motifs are Great Border Motifs!
The Sailboat Sampler is a fun way to learn and practice several border patterns. All of the motifs can be used in any quilt to fill borders or sashing. If you have a wide border to fill, combine several motifs to create a more complex design.
The Sailboat Sampler
To create your own Sailboat Sampler, begin by creating a quick quilt sandwich.
Mark several horizontal lines as shown in the diagrams above–but don’t worry too much if your rows are different than those above! It’s YOUR sampler!
NOTE-(Disregard the outside border)
All of the lines are one inch apart except Rows 2 and 10 are two inches apart and row 8 is four inches below 7.)
Doodle Stitch Doodle
Set up your machine for free motion quilting. with contrasting thread. If possible use 28, 30 or 40 wt thread. (More on thread weight coming soon.)
Before stitching each row, doodle!
Doodle loops and upside down loops (think of the cursive letter l).
Stitch rows one and fourteen. Knot off at the end of each row. (See the Curlicue knot here)
Doodle wavy lines, then stitch rows 3 and 12.
Add YOUR Favorite Motifs
Browse the motif page to fill in your sampler with border or horizontal designs. (YOUR sampler doesn’t have to be a “Sailboat Sampler” it could be a Leaf Sampler, for example.)
Even Better Machine Quilting
For beginner quilters, this project will take several hours. If you’d like more of a challenge:
Piece horizontal strips of fabric to create the rows before quilting.
Stitch the sampler much larger!
Pick your own theme–like animals, flowers, leaves and create your own sampler.
Whatever you do, have fun!
Quilting should always be fun!
Your Commodore of Quilting,
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