Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Show and Tell with a Twist

This week I thought I would show some easy quilting designs that are favorites of mine.
These are really just doodling with your sewing machine. The best tip I ever heard was to practice doodling on a piece of paper before heading to the machine, this gets the design in your brain first.

One of the easiest designs to quilt is loops - I find this easier than meandering, because you can cross over lines. It is easy to get out of tight spots with loops - that is why it is my favorite. The important thing to remember is to loop one way and than in the other direction.


Loops are a great design to add to other designs.


Butterflies.



These are pretty small.



They make a great over all design with loops.
This mini quilt can be seen here.


Holly leaves, the loops become berries (I noticed that the arrows are in the reverse direction, hopefully you will figure it out).


Any size works well.


These are bigger.
This Christmas tree skirt can be seen here.


Candle wick leaves and loops.


Leaves or Hearts.


Dragonflies and loops.



Candle wick leaves make a great border design. As with the loops, they look good in opposite directions.

Stylized flower in a border.

The possibilities are endless in machine quilting!
Remember to use the correct needle for the thread being used and try slowing down. I do a better job when I wear quilting gloves (rubber gloves work in a pinch).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

10 comments:

Wendy said...

Fantastic work! I love your leaves. They look like philodendron leaves or hearts. You do nice work.

Cyndi said...

Hi Joanne! I'm not a quilter but I have really been enjoying your posts this week. You make this look so simple...and it looks absolutely lovely. Do you draw the pattern on the quilt before you sew it or do you just "go for it"? Very nice work!!!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great job!

jilly said...

You are becoming a good teacher!! I think I will start with the loops. I was going to try the meandering, but will take your suggestion.

All your quilting looks great.

Blessings,
Jilly

Joan said...

The quilting is great...giving me lots to think on - thankyou

Karen said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm going to make up some quilt sandwiches and practise these.

Gloria said...

Your work is amazing!

Rose Marie said...

I will have to try some of these designs ..... you make it look so easy!

I am Just One Mom said...

though I am late to the game, I am excited for this challenge. one of the beauties of the blog world: opportunities are always NOW!
thank you for the challenge.

Mary Ann and Mother said...

I love your fmq designs - thank you for sharing!