Today’s Topic: The Fish Sampler QAL Part One
Welcome to Week Sixteen of The Better Machine Quilt-a-long based on my book 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting.
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Good Morning, Quilters!
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…
Let’s get started with our Fish Sampler! (Or choose your favorite shape!)
One elephant, two elephant, red elephant….doesn’t have the same ring–but would be cute, cute, cute as a quilt center!
Mark the Square
Prepare a fat quarter (approximately 22 x 18) quick quilt sandwich.
Mark a 12 or 12-1/2 inch square in the center of the quilt. (Use whatever size square ruler you have.)
Add a 2 inch wide border around the center square.
Divide the larger square (the square that includes to the border) into eight segments–using the basic divide and conquer method.
Mark the Piano Key Border
Mark the border with one inch divisions.
The corners will be stitch along the diagonal line.
I recommend starting in the middle of each border segment. Draw the one inch lines, but adjust the size of the one inch segments as needed so the last line ends on the corner square. Usually the small size change is not apparent.
Stitch the Inner Square
Set up for free motion quilting with heavy weight, contrasting thread in the top, and 50 wt cotton or polyester in the bobbin.
Free motion quilt the square. Because long, straight lines are impossible to free motion quilt perfectly, stitch a slightly wavy line. Closely echo stitch the line and knot off with a curlicue knot.
Stitch the Piano Key Border
Begin on the outer border line. Stitch a curlicue knot. stitch along the border line, then stitch along the first perpendicular line. Stitch over one or two stitches, then closely echo stitch the line back to the outer border. Continue along, stitching the corners at an angle. Once all of the short lines are stitched, closely echo stitch around the entire border and knot off.
Fish Sampler Steps, Part One
Mark a one inch piano key border.
Stitch the center square and echo stitch the center square. Use a curlicue knot if desired.
Stitch the piano key border.
Stitch around the border to create a double line on the outer edge of the quilt.
For tomorrow, choose your central motif. You can stitch a fish or any other shape. A circle or an oval will work well too!
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