Hey Everyone, welcome back to Free Motion Friday.
I was cleaning up my studio this morning and came across this piece of toilet paper in amongst my papers. Who knows where I took it from but the reason I have it is because I liked the pattern on it and thought it would make a great free motion quilting motif.
Why not give it a try and see what it looks like. As you can see from the photo above it is a motif that will have a lot of starting and stopping – that means a lot of tying off and burying threads for me. I know I should use the tie off function on my sewing machine but I’m afraid that I just don’t like the knot it leaves so I will stay old school on this.
To start I did some doodling with pencil and paper to get warmed up and the idea of how the design would flow.
Then I tried it out on fabric with this very colourful variegated thread. It really stands out on the white fabric. Instead of having the flower standing alone I did attach it to the bottom end of the swirl. In order to attach it to the top end of the swirl I would have to double over the stitching on half the flower which I didn’t want to do.
The quilting has ended up on an angle. If I wanted it really straight then guidelines would have to be chalked on as to where the motif was to be so I could keep the motif straight between the lines.
Then I thought why not connect the swirls and have the flower at each end. This would be nice on a border and not as much starting and stopping.
To make it a continuous line motif you could start the swirl back where the other swirl ended to create the flower and continue on with a new swirl and flower.
I like the look of the individual swirls and flowers without everything being connected.
Here are the step by step instructions for making the motif.
Stitch the swirl making sure to have a nice curve and hook in it.
Stitch the centre of the flower starting where the swirl ended.
Stitch the first petal starting where the circle and swirl are joined.
The second petal.
The third petal.
And finally the last petal which ends where the circle started and the swirl stopped.
I’m thinking that I am going to use it on this Stitch Along Sunday piece that I never did get around to finishing. It was too be a placemat but now I am thinking I might add the other placemats to the piece and make a wall hanging. The pieces are already cut and some even sewn together – just a matter of sitting down and putting it together.
The flower on the end of the swirl may look familiar to some of you if you have been following me as I did a similar flower a while back called free motion flowers.