Good Morning, Quilters!
Today’s machine quilting tutorial is for the Welsh Leaf motif! Welsh quilting is one of my favorite styles of quilting and has influenced my machine quilting designs. I am always inspired by the easy-going style of the Welsh quilting tradition. (Follow my Welsh Quilting Pinterest Board HERE)
The History of Welsh Quilting
I really enjoyed this video on the history of Welsh quilting and the women who made them by Jen Jones. (Jen Jones was a collector and dealer of Welsh quilts)
The quilts were made from 1850-1940 by women who, before the war, had few employment options. Ms. Jones prefers the imperfections of Welsh quilts over the machine quilted versions of today. She believes modern quilter emphasize perfection too much! LOLOLOL! No worries here!
You might also like this Welsh Leaf tutorial
The Spiral Welsh Leaf Motif Tutorial
Begin by marking a square, or use the seam lines of a square or rectangular block as a guideline. Mark a diagonal line across the block. For the first several leaves, you may also want to mark the outline of the leaf.
Stitch the curved lines of the leaf.
Stitch into the leaf along the center line. Add a spiral.
Stitch to the outside of the spiral, ending on the center line above the first spiral.
Stitch along the center line and add enough spirals to fill the leaf. Add a spiral along the centerline.
Stitch down along the center line and add a spiral. Stitch on the inside of the spiral to end on the center line.
Complete the spirals and add echo stitching around the leaf.
Take a Tip from Jen Jones
The key to machine quilting is to enjoy the process and don’t fret about perfection!
Don’t worry if your spirals aren’t perfect! It’s the imperfections that add character to the quilt and give it a hand drawn look.
More Welsh Leaf Motifs
Next week: Variations of the Welsh Leaf Motif
What about YOU?
Is YOUR quilting too perfect?
Are YOU from Wales or have any Welsh ancestry?
Have YOU tried Ancestry DNA? (I think I’m going to do it!)
Do YOU prefer personality over perfection?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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