Today starts weekly installments on different families of free motions quilting designs, and their variations. While I would like to have stitched examples to show you, for now sketches from my journal are as much as I can provide.
Wiggles, or wavy lines, are a great place to start free motion quilting! They are quick and simple. By wiggles, I mean smooth, undulating lines that do not cross their own path. What I consider to be the "basic wiggle" is shown on the left. Simply changing the "frequency" of the waves gives a lot of different looks.
Changing the shape of the wiggles gives you interesting effects. The one on the left reminds me of ribbon candy.
When a single wiggle isn't quite right? Stitching another wiggle over the first, intersecting occasionally creates a ribbon effect. Simply stitching another wiggle next to the first can make a wiggle look more refined.
If you mirror image a wiggle, you get a "DNA" effect, as my friend Sandra says. Multiple different wiggles placed together can have an interesting, dynamic look.
There are lots of ways to change the shape of wiggles.
Even if you only ever quilt wiggles you can do some beautiful quilting! Here are a few examples I found.
1. IMG_1286_2, 2. I'm also lovin' wavy lines!!, 3. Oven glove, 4. Wavy Lines Part II, 5. Snail's Trail for DQS5, 6. boat quilt, 7. Wavy lines: my new favorite quilting, 8. Jena's quilt, 9. Midnight - Patchwork Quilted Table Runner
Wiggles are also the basis of the popular "meandering" quilting design but we will give meandering special treatment in a few weeks. I'm sure there are wiggle designs I haven't thought of. You should sit down and doodle some wiggles right now! Drawing a design before stitching it is great practice to get your brain used to the motions. Sketching is an easy way to improve your quilting.
See more Free Motion Quilting designs and tips on the Free Motion Quilting page.