Good Morning, Quilters!
Today, a quick look at quilt with a winning motif combination: The Forget-Me-Not and Nora’s Rose.
Yesterday, we reviewed the lovely, Forget-Me-Not motif.
Nora’s Rose Tutorial
and in my first book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.
Also, check out the video of me stitching Nora’s Rose on BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog.
A Great Motif Combination
Sometimes, the trick to free motion quilting is choosing the right combination of motifs. Nora’s Rose and Forget-Me-Nots is a winning combination of motifs!
There is good contrast between the size of the motifs.
Also, there is good density contrast between the two motifs. The Forget-Me-Nots are quite dense relative to the open rows of the Nora’s Rose motif.
Finally, the two motifs make thematic sense together. I love the combination of flowers and leaves of different shapes and sizes. It is a combination you would likely find in any garden!
For this quilt, I used a variegated color thread to create more texture in the background. Notice how the Forget-Me-Nots seem to disappear in some areas (where the thread matches the background fabric) and then are highlighted in other areas. The yellow sections of the variegated thread show up as highlighted areas within the quilting.
I stitched the background flowers with Sulky Blendables, 30 wt cotton (Tropical #733-4043) to achieve this quilting effect.
The rose motifs and zig-zag border are stitched with Sulky 30 wt cotton in Bright White which provides good contrast with the red fabric and shows up quite well.
Machine Quilting Tips from The Forget-Me-Not and Rose Quilt
When creating a quilting plan:
Choose motifs with good density contrast.
Combine motifs with size contrast.
Look for motifs with a common theme.
Use thread to emphasize your design goals.
Try variegated threads to create more texture.
And as always, HAVE FUN while you’re quilting, because YOUR quilts will reveal your fun!
YOUR Favorite Motif Combinations
We will be looking at more winning motif combinations in the coming weeks.
We’d LOVE to hear YOUR favorites!
Now if I could only remember who I gave this quilt to!
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