Spring has certainly sprung so I though it was time for some more “themed” quilting motifs to match your seasonal projects. I’ve got ideas for free motion quilting, walking foot quilting and hand quilting to share with you, with quick tutorials on how to achieve each one.
Theming your quilting to coordinate with the project can be a great way to really emphasise the theme or to help show the theme if you have chosen subtle prints or colours. But I would treat themed quilting with caution too. Creating an clear theme can make motifs a little more ” in your face” and if you overuse them the whole project might start to look a bit over the top…of course, if you love that sort of look then go for it! To tone it down you could either chose a more subtle motif (I think my free motion quilting motif fits into this category) or use the busier motifs in smaller amounts.
Seasonal Free Motion Quilting Idea
This is a great all-over free motion quilting motif, but it works really well when placed purposefully too. You could vary the size of the petals for more impact.
Free motion quilt a loose meander and every so often add a figure of eight to create two little petals, then continue with the meander.
Seasonal Walking Foot Quilting Ideas
Double Orange Peel
I think this is a great motif to use across a patchwork project pieced with squares. You could use patchwork seams as your guide lines or draw them on. Try quilting a little more slowly for this one so you can keep the curves smooth.
Mark evenly spaced vertical and horizontal lines to create a grid. Then mark dots 1/2″ away from either side of the midpoint of each grid line. Choose a line on the grid, starting at the top edge, and quilt in an S-curve motion gently changing directions at each grid intersection and using the dots as a guide for the curves. Then repeat starting at the same place but starting the curve in the opposite direction. Do this on all the grid lines. Then repeat the same steps again but made your curves wider.
Seasonal Hand Quilting Ideas
These hand quilted flowers would look great in a patchwork block’s corner or around borders. You could vary the sizes, place the flowers individually or in clusters, and even add some hand quilted circles at the centre.
Draw the flower outline with a fabric pen/pencil and hand quilt as usual following the drawn guidelines.
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