It’s Tuesday and time for our first Tuesday Tutorial of 2014! As I mentioned yesterday, Minnesota (like most of the country) is in a deep freeze. The thermometer is stubbornly stuck at -15 F. (Which is a heat wave compared to yesterday’s temp of -42F.) In weather like this, it is impossible to quilt daisies and tulips…Today I offer–The Snowflake, (and a few snowballs) for your free motion quilting tutorial of the week.
This pattern can be stitched in long rows. Add a few snowballs (see Spiral tutorial HERE) and you have a gorgeous pattern than can fill a border or a very large space.
In this pattern, I began by drawing lines one inch apart. You may draw your lines farther or closer apart as fits your project.
Begin stitching ON your drawn line. Stitch down a short distance, then stitch at an upward angle and back to the center line.
Next, stitch perpendicular to your drawn line and back to the center. (NOTE- do not stitch over any previous stitches and leave a gap in the center of your snowflake. )
Stitch out from the center and a downward angle and STOP here.
For this part of the snowflake, instead of stitching back to the center…stitch past the center (drawn) line and up to the right of your snowflake.
Return to the center line, and stitch another line to the right and perpendicular to the drawn line.
Finish the last “spoke” of the snowflake and stitch down the center line to begin another snowflake.
The key to this pattern is to never cross over any other line with your stitching.
By staggering the adjacent rows, the snowflakes create a beautiful fill pattern. But, you know me…when quilting gets too regular, I have to start changing things up–hence the snowballs….
FYI–The Snowflake mini quilt above was stitched on my Bernina 820 with Sulky 40 wt on top and Aurifil 40 wt in the Bobbin.
We will be doing more with this lovely snowflake pattern in the future…so I hope you will take the time to learn it now!
Tomorrow–I have another style of Snowflake I am working on...
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