Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
Today’s Topic: Refining Flower Motifs for Better Quilting
It may be useful to watch the short video: Flower Power and Faye’s Flower
Good Morning, Quilters!
Welcome to the Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
Jumpstart YOUR Quilting and Doodling
Hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s BONUS PROJECT based on handwriting! It’s easier to quilt scallops if you tell your brain to quilt the letter “i”. Loops are easier if you are thinking about the letter “l”. Use your handwriting to jumpstart your quilting!
Today, let’s look at examples of quilted flowers and refine the design just a bit. Learning these flower pointers will help you learn other patterns.
Faye’s Flower is a densely quilted and compact flower. It is a showy flower that really stands out in the garden of quilting. One of the keys to this motif is to start with exaggerated U shaped petals. This creates a nice gap between the rows and very prominent petals.
EASY Flower Power
Flower Power is one of the easiest motifs to learn and to stitch. However, there are a few tricks.
Flower Power can be stitched in any size with one row or 15 rows. As the flower gets bigger (by adding more rows), the petals should remain nearly the same size, with more petals in each row. This is easy to stitch!
It is much more challenging to stitch if every row has the same number of petals with each petal getting larger and larger.
Weedy Flower Power
Flower Power is intended to be a compact flower to use as a background fill or focus motif.
To keep the flowers compact, add short curls between flowers. When the stem between flowers is too long the motif looks stringy or weedy. The short stem may allow on three petals in the first row, but subsequent rows will fill in and the flower will look fab!
Next Week: Lesson Three is Doodling and a Giveaway!!!!
Next week we will be discussing doodling in depth and we will try a Facebook Live event–details to follow. If you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry! We will provide the recording.
You’ve already completed two weeks of quilting! WOOHOO!
I’d LOVE to hear YOUR early successes!
Happy Quilting, Doodling and Gardening!
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