October 12, 2011

Firey Meander Quilting

Here's a sketch of the firey quilting pattern I used on the Gradient quilt, as requested!


This pattern is mostly vertical wavy lines. When the lines change direction they do so at a point or with a little flame lick. I quilted the pattern in vertical columns 8-10" wide, starting with the middle. Starting quilting in the middle is so great, because it's all downhill after that. Less and less quilt under the machine as you go along.

It took sketching about three or four big sheets of paper with this pattern before I was ready to stitch it. Stitching went smoothly and I rarely felt "stuck". It's a very forgiving pattern! Keep in mind as you go to vary the placement of your direction changes. Don't let them all line up with each other horizontally or you will get this weird little row of points coming together.

You could definitely make this pattern "hotter" if you wanted to, by adding more flame licks.

10 comments:

Nicky said...

Trying to learn how to FMQ - a bit rubbish at it still but will look forward to trying out this design at a later date!

Sarah Craig said...

Once again, Christina, you're my go-to girl for great FMQ designs! Thanks for sharing!!

Stray Stitches said...

Great design! I'll have to give that one a try.

KatieQ said...

Thanks for sharing how you did this. I think it would work with a lot of different quilt designs.

ms lottie said...

Thanks for sharing. Looks great (and pretty easy once you see it on paper!)

Suz said...

Thank you! It's always a winner when the design is cool and easy to manage on the quilt. Great tips too :)

bunbear said...

awesome design! love it!

Kay Lynne said...

Neat design! I always have a sketch pad around to try new ideas.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

I love your flames! Never thought of using flames in quilting, great idea!

Suzanne said...

I wonder if I'm the only one who was tracing her finger on the computer screen trying to figure out this pattern. :-) It's amazing how hard it is to follow with the eye. It will be a great challenge for me.

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