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Free Motion Monday #5 – Curves

My True Blue Quilts banner has become a free motion quilting sampler.  I tried to use different styles of quilting in each section so that I can talk to customers about what kind of custom quilting I offer.


Today, let’s take a closer look at stitching the curves in the top border.

Option 1 – Use a Continuous Curve

The white blocks of my nine patch show a common free motion design called the Continuous Curve.  If all the blocks were quilted with this motif, it would look like orange peels.  If your quilt does not have a patchwork grid, it is easy to mark your own lines with chalk or washable marker as a guide for stitching.

To stitch the first row, travel from corner to corner along three sides of the box, then travel back filling in the bottom row.


Continue in the same manner, stitching three sides moving to the right, then completing each block as you return to the left.


Once you have finished the whole section, travel back up the left side to complete the first block in each row.


I used a different style of curve to quilt the blue blocks in the border.


Option 2 – Stitch a “DNA strand”

Start this curve with an over-under motion…a sine wave for those of you who remember high school math!


Travel back to complete each oval with an under-over motion, the opposite of the first wave.


Travel to the next starting point.  Leave a space to stitch across in a X pattern.

Option 3 – Stitch a football

Simplify the sine wave into a single oval in each block.  It takes two passes to complete the design.

Option 4 – Stitch a Coffee Bean

For this design, you will complete the design in one block with three lines of stitching, and end in position to start the next block.  Stitch a simple curve for the outer portions of the bean, then add an extra dip for the center line.


Curves will add great texture to your quilt. These four designs can be used alone or in combination.  An added benefit with continuous curves is that you can travel across most of your quilt without breaking the thread, which can mean a faster finish.

I’d love to see pictures of your curvy free motion quilting!  Find me on Instagram or Facebook with #truebluequilts.

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