Good Afternoon, Quilters!
Today, we will learn how to quilt an airplane motif –a fabulous, high-flying pattern that looks great on any quilt!
Whether you’re a world-traveler, a pilot, or looking for a motif for a child’s quilt, this airplane will add a touch of fun!
Before we start our flight, you might enjoy a short cruise…
Check out BERNINA’s We All Sew blog for my Sailboat tutorial, complete with video! (BTW-this video has gone viral on Facebook with over 120,000 views!!)
Step-by-Step Quilt an Airplane
Begin by stitching a figure 8.
Next, stitch a curved line and a triangle shape.
Stitch a short horizontal line and add a half circle.
Next, add an oval to create the wing.
Closely echo stitch the top of the wing and add a horizontal line stopping at the figure 8.
Closely echo stitch the top of the plane, then add another “wing” on top of the plane.
Stitch into the body of the plane and add three square windows, the stitch out of the plane and add a scallops to create a cloud.
Stitch a curly line to complete the airplane or to begin another plane for a border.
I know I say this a lot, but doodle first. Work through the steps on paper, then your quilting will be much smoother. I often doodle a motif one hundred times before I stitch it. This takes just a few minutes. It’s amazing the difference you will see when you quilt! Pausing to think– for even a fraction of a second–will lead to glitches in the sewing line. (When you do need to pause to think or rearrange the quilt, make sure the needle is down and you stop sewing.)
Next week, we will stitch another plane motif–the biplane!
What about YOU?
Where will YOU stitch the Airplane Motif?
Any travels in YOUR future?
May your quilting reach all new altitudes,
YOUR quilting co-pilot,
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PPS…For more motifs, skillbuilding exercises and tips, check out my machine quilting books available on Etsy!