December 08, 2010

Free Motion Quilting Designs: Inspired by Fabric

As a free motion quilter, you can stitch whatever you'd like. That freedom is wonderful, but it can also be paralyzing. Where do you start?

One of my favorite places to look for inspiration is right under my nose - at my fabric. Following are some examples of fabrics I pulled from my stash and quilting designs I stitched inspired by those fabrics.










I hope this encourages you to look around your stash and sketch some ideas to stitch. Like we need any more reasons to sit around and pet our fabric!

See more Free Motion Quilting designs and tips on the Free Motion Quilting page.

17 comments:

free indeed said...

Thanks for this post. Those are great ideas we can all glean for ideas. I remember someone also saying they sometimes quilt the quilt from behind if the backing fabric has a neat design that can be 'traced' for an over all design as well.

Ginny said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

BubzRugz said...

Oh - you make it look so easy..... I love the ideas...
Hugz

9patchnurse said...

Love this! I just posted about how I learned some feathers and fillers. I can't wait to try some of these designs too. Thanks.

Suzanne said...

I've heard of stitching on the design for practice but this takes it one step further. Very clever!

Gene Black said...

You really do make it look easy. And you have just demonstrated a great artistic principle. Size variation. You can take a small design and repeat it in a larger size and a different color to really make a design resonate. It hink my art teacher called it repetition with variation.

Colleen said...

oooh - I really like the leaves!

Colleen

DianeY said...

Love it! I have some of those fabrics you show & can't wait to try this

Hector said...

I know I have to practice some more, so thank you for giving me the encouragement. I think I should make it my New Year's resolution.

Linda M said...

Now that's clever quilting! I actually have a piece of the black and white but I never thought of it as a quilting pattern.
Linda
http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

Stray Stitches said...

Such wonderful fmq! You are truly an inspiration!

Elsa said...

oh you do such lovely quilting, I'm so impressed! thanks so much for all your postings ...

Rosângela Oliveira said...

Muito interessante...
Obrigada

H2Ogirl said...

verly lovely.. something to try sometime!

MissesStitches said...

WOW!!! Awesome quilting! I'm definitely inspired...

Karen Norris said...

what a great insiration!

Deborah Cee said...

What a great idea! Since I just started (2 small pot holders) I was thinking of sewing on the printed design to practice with a little more control. Mine's all over the place. Thanks for this idea.

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