Good morning and Happy October, Quilters!
Are you ready to get quilting? Last week, we finished piecing the Spools top from Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts (and this version is also made with her Modern Marks fabric-- yay!). We also made a quilting plan that looked like this:
If you missed that post, be sure to go back and check it out:
This week, I've begun executing the plan I made which includes wood grain quilting, switchbacks, and, our topic today, graffiti quilting.
There are two methods I use to approach graffiti quilting:
1) Use a central design, such as double loops, to create a "core" to the quilted area, then use various motifs to fill in the remaining negative space.
2) Go crazy-- start with one motif and just keep building and changing and moving through the space.
Here are some tips:
1) Practice on paper first-- tomorrow's meeting just got so much better!
2) You don't have to use a ton of different designs. My top three "go to" designs are paisleys, swirls, and pebbles.
3) Start slowly. It's okay if it doesn't feel easy or natural at first. Practice makes progress!
My goal is to help you quilt with confidence, and as you practice graffiti quilting this week, I'd love for you to also check out "3 Easy Steps to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting." As a thank you for joining my Newsletter, I'll send you this FREE PDF via email!
I can't wait to make and share more quilting videos with you! Plus, next week, we're kicking off a giveaway to win some of Christa Watson's Modern Marks Fabric! Woohoo! In the meanwhile, join me on Instagram to see updates in real time! And be sure to check out what my fellow Hoppers, Kristin at Simple. Handmade. Everyday and Vicki at My Creative Corner 3, are up to as well!
See you soon, my friends!
PS It's easy to have tension troubles with graffiti quilting. If you are, click here to check out my tutorial for How to Adjust Your Sewing Machine Tension for FMQ.