A simple wavy line is a beautiful design element to use in your free motion quilting. Let’s take a look at quilting tips for modern curves. Straight line quilting has been popular for a while and I am noticing modern curves may be taking over. Curves add softness and texture to the negative space that you often find in modern quilt designs.
Quilting Tips for Modern Curves
The 2 basic variations of the wavy lines that make the modern curves quilting design come from how shallow or deep you make the curves.
You can add even more texture by combining and overlapping both styles of wavy lines. Another way to draw the audience in and get them to take a closer look at your quilt is to vary the spacing of your lines. Echo closely for a few lines and then add more space.
Modern Curves in a Quilt
Judy Neimeyer’s pattern for Glacier Star is a stunning quilt. The fabulous medallion framed by circles of flying geese needs very little quilting so the modern curves and wavy lines add just the right amount of texture to highlight the quilter’s fabric choices.
Focus on the wedge shape where I used the modern curves quilting and played with the spacing of my stitching lines. I was stitching with turquoise thread.
Continuous Curves Free Motion Quilting
I explain the idea behind quilting continuous curves in this post. The orange peel effect is an elegant touch in the diamond section of the Glacier Star pattern.
Note…stitching is in turquoise!
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There are several books available if you want to learn more about continuous curve quilting.
Quilting the Glacier Star pattern gave me the opportunity to try many different quilting designs, but I can’t overlook the basics. Stitch in the ditch is an important technique in machine quilting to stabilize the quilt and define your quilting space. The flying geese in this quilt were fairly small, so I did not add any additional quilting beyond stitch in the ditch for those borders.
Whatever pattern you choose, free motion quilting can help you Enjoy, Experiment and Excel while you create!