Machine Quilting Day 5
Would you have thought to use a tree, bush or plant as inspiration to find a quilting design? That is what I have used today. This shrub was ideal, I could see an obvious quilting design.
I focused on the end of each stem where you see three leaves and created a design from that.
You could easily make an individual pattern but I wanted to use it as a fillin stitch like my previous quilting posts. I didn't use pointed ends, but rounded them instead. You could of course do them pointed if you preferred.
This is how I stitched it. I've colored each section differently so you can see it better. The start of each section stitches over the end of the previous curve, about a third of the way around and then branches off.
It doesn't matter which direction you take. I formed rows, but going around in a circle is just as effective.
I decided to also get a little more creative and added a touch of color by stitching over the quilting but only stitching in every 2nd or 3rd set of loops. This would be great on an art quilt.
This was my first attempt at this design but I was getting better as I went. I always suggest warming up before doing any free-motion quilting. It even helps to draw the design out with pencil on paper to get the feel of the direction and motion.