Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt Lovers! Are you ready for some quilting? Of course you are! You have a least a dozen quilt sandwiches ready to go…Read more in BE READY
And you know what needle to use….Read more in The 80/50 Rule for Free Motion Quilting.
You have several choices for batting: Read Open Line Friday (and all the comments) Batting
So let’s get started with today’s tutorial: The Echo Star- The Echo Star is a beautiful background filler for any quilt.
It doesn’t need to be perfect to look great AND it’s a lot of fun to stitch. It looks great on blue fabric, too–a starry night?
THE ECHO STAR TUTORIAL
Begin by stitching a small star. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect…it will look great no matter how misshapen…
Next, echo quilt around the star several times….
Once the space is filled in, or the star is begin enough….begin another star.
Echo stitch around the second star several times.
NOTE-Stitch around the star clockwise, then counter-clockwise, never crossing over the line that extends out of the previous star. This gives the motif a neater look than if it crossed over those stitches.)
Keep adding more stars. As you can see, in some cases I was only able to add partial stars. That’s okay, too.
Add a few curls to give the motif a more festive “pop”…
In no time, YOU’LL be “seeing stars” or places for stars in all of YOUR quilts…
Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight…
(I wish the icy snow that hit Minnesota yesterday would melt away…is that too much to ask?)
Happy Starlight Stitching,
PS…Thank you to ALL of you who have sent photos of quilts using the motifs. I LOVE to see the motifs in action!
NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman, Kona solids using Sulky 40wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50wt in the bobbin on my Bernina 150 (a standard, domestic sewing machine) without a stitch regulator.
PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!