Hey Everyone, welcome back to Free Motion Friday.
Today I am going to deviate a bit from free motion and use the walking foot. I do a fair bit of quilting with the walking foot and wanted to share one of my favourite motifs with you – the eight pointed star.
This design is a continuous line design which means it starts and stops in the same spot. Great for not having a lot of threads to pull through. I find this design great for kids quilts and pretty much any size of square. I have used it on a 1 inch square up to a 12 inch square but there are no rules to say you couldn’t go larger.
Depending on the fabric I often use a variegated thread for this motif especially on a kids quilt.
To start a square is needed. This square is a 6 inch one which has had borders added.
Mark out the middle on each side with a pin.
Draw a line from a corner to a pin. I have used the Chaco Liner from Clover to draw my lines.
Continue the line to the opposite corner.
Continue drawing the whole star. It will have eight points.
Pick a corner and start sewing to down the line.
At the end of the line pivot and start down the next side, continue until the star is complete.
Here is the graphic with arrows as to the direction of sewing.
This is a fast and easy design great for filling in large empty squares and even small ones too.
Lovely, very encouraging and interesting for those of us who have not yet conquered free motion quilting! Thank You.
Juliet, yes it is a great alternative to free motion.
What a great demo, for those of us who aren’t comfortable with free motion quilting yet.
Thanks Peggy. It is a great design for the walking foot.
You must have ESP! I just finished a quilt yesterday in which I did these stars in all the alternating plain blocks. In fact I was able to do several rows at a time by going on to another block at the block intersections. By doing this I was able to dramatically reduce the number of starts and stops. A great motif to keep in your repertoire.
ESP is great.