Good Morning, Quilters and Gardeners!
Today we are going to learn how to quilt the Overlapping Daisies pattern! This is a gorgeous border pattern and it’s easy–when you learn a few tricks!
Three Pass Quilting
We will stitch the Overlapping Daisies pattern in three “passes”.
First, we stitch a row of Dots and Dashes. This is the first “pass”.
Then we stitch the left half of all the daisies. (the second pass).
And we complete the flowers by stitching the right half of all the daisies. (third pass)
Start with Dots and Dashes
Begin by drawing two parallel lines. If you are stitching a border with seamlines, you may not need to draw any lines.
Stitch the first pass, Dots and Dashes,
(NOTE-Dots and Dashes may also be found on page 133 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3)
For this pattern, stitch the circles slightly to the right and left of the center.
First Pass Petals
Once the entire row of Dots and Dashes is complete, begin stitching the second pass–the petals.
Add squared petals that stretch from the circle to the drawn lines or seam lines.
Stop when the petals meet up with the “dash” that joins to the adjacent “dot”.
Overlapping the Daisies
This is where it gets a little tricky–look at the photo below…
The “dash” becomes part of the petals.
Stitch parallel to the last petal a few stitches. This is the short end of the first petal in the next flower.
Stitch toward the dot to create the long edge of the petal.
Continue the Second Pass
Continue adding more petals around the left side of the dot until you reach the next “dash” between the circles.
Once you’ve added enough petals around the center circle and you’ve reached the next “dash”, begin creating the third flower.
Stitch a short line parallel to the last petal. This is the short end of the petal.
Complete the First Pass
Continue stitching in the same way until you complete all of the petals on the left side of the border.
Add the petals around the corner and you are ready to begin the right sided petals.
Overlap the petals in the same way as before.
Complete the third pass to complete the pattern!
Add Embellished Centers
After stitching the Overlapping Daisies, I went back and added embellishments to the centers of the daisies. However, by traveling over the previous line of stitching the “dashes” become more obvious than I would like.
In future I would embellish the centers as I stitched the Dots and Dashes motif.
Doodle this pattern first! It seems more complicated than it is. Once you doodle it a few times, I think the transition between the daisies will become more obvious.
Have fun with the Overlapping Daisies–because when YOU have fun when you are quilting–
your quilts will be fun!
We ARE having fun, right?
Waiting for Daisies in Minnesota –(where the current temperature is 27F and no self-respecting flower has poked her head up yet!)
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