Good Morning, Quilters!
Whether you are celebrating Advent or Hanukkah, candles are central to the holiday season. Today, we will learn to machine quilt a candle. This tutorial works whether you are stitching on a domestic sewing machine–like I do, or on a long arm. Candles are great border motifs, or stitch a single candle or several candles together in the center of the block.
Christians celebrate Advent-a quiet time of preparation and waiting. We light four candles on each Sunday of Advent. The candles represent the light coming into the world as we prepare for Christ’s birth. Read more at Loyola Press.
For Jews, Hanukkah is a celebration of the victorious Maccabean Revolt and the rededication of the Temple. During the celebration, the candles are lit on eight nights to represent the miracle that one days worth of oil lasted eight days. Read more at My Jewish Learning
Begin by drawing two parallel lines. In the sample below, the lines are 3/4″ apart.
Curl in and stop at the center. Stitch a small straight line extending above the oval.
Add a flame shape and a smaller flame inside of the first one.
Add a wavy line of dripping wax.
Add another line from right to left and echo stitch back to the right lower side of the candle. Begin the next candle in the row..
The only trick to machine quilting a candle is to begin with a drawn line or a ruler to keep the edges straight.
I can see this on any holiday or celebration quilt.
How will YOU use the Candle FMQ Tutorial?
We’d LOVE to hear!
You might also like How to Machine Quilt a Dreidel HERE
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