Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Second in a Series: Drawing Lines for Quilting

I have been enjoying doing this little series for DIY quilting lines.  Today is drawing lines for the border.  I do have plans for future lines for both blocks and
borders and for each of these tutorials you can use these for both hand and machine quilting.  So gather your quilt and supplies and here we go for number 2 in the series!

For this border you will need your marking chalk or a water-soluble marker and a heart template.  I used for this border a heart from June Tailor, the size of it is JT 412C.  You will not need your acrylic ruler this time.

What I did:

 My quilt, which is about 115 x 115 is sort of octagonal shape.  It does have 8 sides although 4 are shorter and replace the traditional corners of the quilt.   I started with one of my shorter "sides".  I drew a curvy line through the center as shown on the right.  I made sure the "dips" were centered to the blocks and half blocks.


And the "hills" were at the seams where the blocks come together.





Now I place the template on the line.  I am using the right side of the heart for the right side of the line.  I place the inside point at the top and the outside point at the bottom on the line and draw around it.


Now move the heart down in the next position.  The inside point just above the con-caved curved and the outside point on the line.  This makes the "feathers" move along the curved line.  Do this all along the right side.


 Now I will be using the left side of the heart on the left side of the line.  I wanted to off-set the design.  So I placed the inside point about 1 inch above the inside point of the right side.




 Follow the line all the way on both sides.  Make sure the inside point is just above the con-caved curve of the heart and the outside point is on the line that you have drawn.


 You can work on one side first and then the other or alternate all the down and around the quilt.  Also if you wish to not make your line curved you can follow a straight line.




I want you to notice the in this picture at the right, I am about to go around a point in the quilt.  I tried to make sure that I put the round of the right side of the heart on this seam.  I think it looks better as it makes the turn.


Here is one of the sides all drawn out.  Now it is ready for hand or machine quilting.  I am nearly done with this quilt.  I will post a picture of it when done.



In the meantime I want to continue the series of quilt lines for both blocks and borders.  My intent is to show how to make your own lines no matter what the size of your blocks or borders.  Sometimes it is hard to follow other peoples designs.  This way by drawing out your own you can make just what you want.

Let me know if you use this technique!  Thanks for looking.  God bless!

 

2 comments:

  1. Ingenious!!! I was avoiding feathers, because I just could not make it look good enough ... but this is brilliant!!! I will defintely try this method. Thank you!

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  2. OH GOOD!! I am glad this was a help to you. On the quilt shown I just got through quilting it. I was going to hand quilt like I did in the blocks but I wanted to get done and machine quilted. I use my regular machine, I don't have a long arm, but it went really good. I am pleased with the look of it. Be watching. I will be posting more tutorials. Thanks for writing. When you use this technique send a picture and I will post it.

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Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

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