Free Motion Monday – Simple Designs for Strip Blocks

free motion quilting strip blocks

The Bali Fever pattern by Judy Neimeyer is a stunning quilt.  The fabric and piecing should take center stage so I chose simple free motion quilting for strip blocks.  The loops and wavy lines provide just enough texture to enhance the strong … Continue reading

Free Motion Monday – Quilting Tips for Modern Curves

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.judy neimeyer pattern with modern curves quilting

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.

tutorial for modern curves quilting

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.

spacing of modern curves quilting lines

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.

glacier star with wavy line quilting

wavy line glacier star quilting detail

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.

quilting modern curves

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.

continous curve quilting glacier star

Note…stitching is in turquoise!

continuous curve free motion quilting

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There are several books available if you want to learn more about continuous curve quilting.

judy neimeyer pattern with modern curves 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!

Quilts and Free Motion Quilting: Favorite Projects of 2015:

At the end of the year, many of us reflect on the journey.  I completed alot of projects and worked on my free motion quilting.  Here are some of my favorites from the past year.

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate motion quilting projects from 2015  The pictures are in somewhat random order.

Top Row

Top row left shows the back of my latest longarm project, a Judy Neimeyer Mariner’s Compass quilt that I finished for a client. Judy Neimeyer designs amazing quilts using paper piecing to create fabulous medallions with lots of points.  It is always a fun challenge to think of complementary free motion quilting designs.

Top middle is the progress on my 92 Stars quilt .  Although I planned to piece several blocks each month, this project keeps getting pushed aside when more urgent deadlines appear.

Top right is my entry in the 2015 Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake fabric challenge.  I tried improv piecing and straight line quilting as my personal challenge with this quilt.

Middle Row

The middle row shows my sketchbook.  It is very relaxing, almost meditative, to begin the day by filling a page with doodles, which eventually find their way into free motion quilting designs.

The middle image is my banner for True Blue Quilts. I use this as a sample of my free motion quilting designs which were featured in several Free Motion Monday posts.

Middle right shows the Garden Twister pattern which is available through Craftsy. I love pinwheels and the Twister rulers!

Bottom Row

Bottom left shows the feathers on the Mariner’s Compass quilt.  It can be tricky to fill triangle spaces, but I found a way.

In the middle, you see a block from a new pattern, Beaded Curtain. It goes together quickly with jelly roll 2-1/2″ strips.

Bottom left is my first book of quilt patterns, Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety, which can be purchased on Amazon.  My mom and I had fun designing, sewing and writing patterns together.  It was a long process – almost 4 years from idea to publication – but what a thrill to hold the actual book in our hands!

That’s it for me.  What was your favorite project of 2015?

Happy Quilting!