Watching it snow on May 17 gave me the urge to make some bright flowers! I had recently been given a bag of fabric scraps by a friend, which included several quilt blocks and pillow tops. I turned one of the pillow tops into 9 cards. I just cut out a rectangle, added a solid square, some quilting, and a thread sketched flower. I always cut my initial rectangle a bit large, so I can trim it to size and re-square it after all the stitching is done.
I wanted to do straight line quilting, but I don't have a walking foot, so I knew I had two other options. Using a regular straight stitch foot wasn't one of them, the fabric creeps too much. One option is to use the straight stitch foot, but put a piece of card stock under the edge of the foot and sew along next to it. This works great, but is a little tedious. The second option is to use a free motion foot, which is what I did. The foot doesn't press down on the fabric, so no creeping. The drawback here is that it's harder to make a straight line:-) Fortunately, if it's a bit wobbly it doesn't bother me:-) For really nice straight line quilting, there's really no substitute for a walking foot!
I also played around with some different methods of filling the petals, some straight lines and some squiggles, I think I like them both:-)
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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