Machine Quilting Monday

 

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Here is a pen drawing of the three stitches I used on a quilt that I took off the frame last week. I will post a picture of the quilt after the explanation of each stitch.

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I started learning free motion quilting by learning a stipple. I really focused on this shape and problem solved traveling with this fluid motion before I moved on to more difficult stitches. Whether you love or hate the stipple you need to learn this stitch because it is the basis of many foundations of the free motion quilting I do.

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I love the ribbon candy stitch. It has a figure 8 feel. It is useful in borders!

 

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Feathers are more challenging. I drew them out for weeks before I really was comfortable quilting them. They can be as easy as 1, 2,3.

 

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First, I start with a spine. I do all over feathers quite often using a large spaced stipple. This method can be scaled up or down as needed in your quilt. Stitch the spine and then put a feather on the end on the top of your spine.

2017-08-11 11.48.31-1Next, make many featherss, see the arrows for “top rows” ? I try to make them teardrop shaped and make the feathers a little bit different in size depending on where it is in the curve as well as space that you need to fill. Moving right to left, fill the spine in a top to the bottom motion to make your shape.

 

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Lastly, repeat the teardrop shape moving left to right as above only this row you are making the shape from bottom to the top.

Here are the stitches on my quilt!

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Quilt on!

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 9 and a Giveaway!!!!!!

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Can you believe that next week will be the last week of the blog hop? I cannot and to celebrate we are having a giveaway!This giveaway is generously sponsored by Martingale Publishing. The winner will receive one copy of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. If the winner resides in the United States or Canada, they will have their choice of a physical or digital copy of the book. If they reside outside the US and Canada, the winner will receive a digital copy. You can enter anytime between June 26, 2017-July 7, 2017. Use Raffelcopter link above the enter ! Be sure to go to the other bloggers sites listed below for additional chances to win!

This week is the chapter called  Migration in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

 

I really liked the ideas of making rectangular squares look like faceted gems. Angela made high contrasting quilting by facets in the light squares and dense quilting in the dark squares of the sample quilt. She made some of my favorite shapes curls and a feather . I have made 2 quilts using these ideas and I will show you in the next series of photos.

Here is a quilt where I did the facet look in each corner of a block to highlight the center batik . I did a ton of outlining too using  a ruler. Click on each picture to enlarge for detail.

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Here is a quilt with an elongated curl with feather shapes on them. One of my favorite shapes to do . I added a bit of pebbling to the mix:

 

 

Click on the photos for details.

The takeaways from this week are:

  1. Emphasize an area by a bit of less quilting and the dense quilting can be a background fill de-emphazing that area
  2. Stitching in the ditch can help emphasize an area as well as anchor it before you quilt a zone … divide and conquer
  3.  negative space can be broken up in different stitched using a straight line, a curvy line or a bracket shaped line.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Link at the beginning of the post

I hope you have had as much fun following along as I have had doing this post. Next week is a celebration and a chance to apply all we have learned !!!

Quilt on,

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 8

This week is the chapter called  U Turns in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

 

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This weeks big challenge is something that takes lots of practice. Corners. How to turn them is always something longarmers need to think about because you move the machine not the quilt. Several options were given, number 1 do something else in the corner such as a spiral square and the border is ribbon candy.

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This block shows a continuous pattern with the greek keys in the green. Then the blue corners were a flow of ribbon loops. Then I became really adventurous… doing loops of e’s that transition to e’s and l’s around the corner. I also used wavy lines and added a sprial in the lower right. So doing corners can be really fun and the possibilities are endless on what to do when turning a corner! machine quilting blog hop week !

This is the block from the first week. You can see a spiral in the corner and a weird square thing in the rest of the outer block. Then the rest you can see how I turned the corner in the inner rows using the flow of the stitch used. The outer border is visible with my corner with the switchbacks.

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And here is my next attempt at hook swirls. It is coming along but not quite right. Time, it takes time. When I change direction my brain cannot translate the change… yet.

This morning’s hooked swirls are even better! 

Here is the video on how I quilted these blocks

Quilt on!

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop!

 

This week is the chapter called Exploding Star in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

Christa’s spirals are not something that you can do on a longarm— the continuous spiral pattern over an entire quilt. Angela’s take on this chapter is about quilting with using free motion stitches and using scale to make stitches. She talks alot about using items to keep the stitch motif to stay the same size throughout the quilt. Think of an item that would be about the size you want to make motif or stitch–penny, nickel, quarter. You can can see in the “o” block the back ground is a tight swirl. The Blue fabrics have a small paisley.

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She then talks about changing the scale for emphasis— smaller denser scale bring more emphasis. As well as  echoing and outlining areas. In this quilt, the background has a denser stitch of leaves and loops. The leaves have ruler work straight lines.

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In this quilt, I used different sized stitches for each area and you can see the different areas that show more emphasis due to the density and size of the quilting stitches.

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The final quilt shows examples of most of the concepts we have talked about in this book… different sized stitches, different types of density and different stitches in different parts of the quilt.

Can you see all the different takes on some of the basic stitches? swirls, pebbling, switchbacks, lines and paisleys? Do you see the echoing and changing of scales. Enlarge the pictures to see the details.

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Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 6

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Practice Piece this week

This week is the chapter called Cornered in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

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Tried hooked swirls in the star , not quite but still looked great QOV

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This week is the chapter entitled Cornered. There are many strips in the blocks and I chose to do another wonky log cabin using many of the designs. It is so cool to have all the texture in each strip . Makes the block very interesting.

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This week I spent hours trying to master this hooked swirls. I don’t have it completely but I feel like I am making progress. I am realizing that I need to stop and change direction more often. When I don’t it takes on a leaf shape. Like in the star in the previous picture of the Quilt of Valor I was working on. I did hooked swirls in the center of the wonky log block if you look closely.

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Hooked swirls in the center

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Hooked swirls practice

The next stitch that was in the chapter that I practiced was Pearls and swirls. After I spoke to Christa on my Podcast it made so much more sense and here are my results. Listen to the pod cast by clicking here!

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Swirls and pearls

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This Chapter had several takeaways. First of all it is very important to use free motion quilting to emphasize your blocks with texture contrasts. Secondly, Angela talks about motif quilting like in the black section of this block. Dividing a block into sections and doing the same arches or stitching will make a motif. I did this whole block using another takeaway –not breaking thread for each area. I planned out my quilting so I could do this with not cutting the thread. Watch the video to see how I did it!

Lastly, I learned that echoing is a good way to add texture and importance to the stitching you just did. Plus it allows you to travel in different directions as you go. Practicing it the only way you get this down. I thought I practiced enough and then I realized I still didn’t have hooked swirls down. I have lots of drawing practice to do in my future!

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Here is how I did the stitches plus a chat about my takeaways from this chaper:

Quilt on !

Vicki

Did I mention there will be a giveaway on the blog??? Stay tuned for more information!!!

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Free Motion Quilting ideas for your Toolbox

I have started to record some basic shapes for you to practice as skills for your free motion toolbox. On May 1 the Blog Hop is starting for The Ultimate Guide for machine Piecing and I am part of it. You can read more about the details here. I thought as a lead up to the big kick off we could talk about go to stitches that you may want to practice before May. Switchbacks are a shape of gently wiggling back and forth . It has skills of quilting between lines, moving from left to right and turning a border. You can see these skills in the video. The videos are also on my You Tube channel for reference!

Ok, this video is sideways. However you can see how I made curls and ribbon candy. The ribbon candy is a switchback with more curve and flourish to it. Curls are like a quilters thumbprint. No two people will make them the same but the basic shape is the basis for many free motion quilting stitches.

And lastly is the straight line. Long armers can do horizontal line easily with a channel lock as shown. Vertical lines are more tricky and you can use a ruler, a future video, or my favorite way is to just eyeball it. Stay tuned, more indepth discussion of the book to come!

Vicki

Show Notes

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/x5th3-69da78?from=site&vjs=1&skin=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0

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for the podcast

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Here is the top of the quilt that is a Quilt for Cure quilt that I am straight line quilting. It will be going to  a child who is fighting cancer and I hope it brings warmth and comfort to the child as well as the parents.

 

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Here is my Friendship Triangles quilt that was a great exchange. Here is a link to the Book

 

 

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Here is the progress I have made in my knitted cowl. It is a nubby cotton. Love the lightweight feel. The next picture is my drawing of feathers for the practice of eye/hand coordination. It helps me to draw these patterns out over and over.

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The Blog Hop Book!

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Vicki

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