How to Free Motion Quilt It Series

There are several stages to making a quilt: first, selecting (petting, drooling) the fabric and pattern you want to make; second, cutting and piecing; third, the basting and my favourite free motion quilting and finally the binding. When I first learned to quilt I became frustrated because I didn't have the skills to complete the quilt all. by. myself. I tied quilts, quilted some with super thick DMC thread, toke others to a quilter and did a lot of stitch in the ditch, but I was not satisfied, I wanted to enjoy the entire process. This is what urged me to just go for it and start.

Example of large stitching pre free motion quilting skills. Quilt circa 2004

Example of large stitching pre free motion quilting skills. Quilt circa 2004

 

One of the best resources I had to learn free motion quilting was through blogs. I feel to really be a part of a community, everyone needs to contribute. I am in a spot in my life where I can devote time to blog (only have one child at home 4 are in school full time). 

I want to share an exciting design I just thought up and put in this quilt.

Deena Rutter's Knock On Wood Low Volume Quilt

Deena Rutter's Knock On Wood Low Volume Quilt

Fun variation on swirls and ribbon candy...swirly candy...ribbon swirl..the name is yet to be decided.

Fun variation on swirls and ribbon candy...swirly candy...ribbon swirl..the name is yet to be decided.

I have a break down of how I quilted it. Spending time drawing is REALLY important. More on that in a later post. Here is the process.

Simple enough? 

Simple enough? 

Here is an example of how it goes together from my sketch book.

Have fun with this design. Please share with me any projects you use with it.