October 13, 2010

Free Motion Quilting Designs: Spirals

Spirals are very versatile for continuous line quilting. They are equally well suited to borders and individual blocks. Spirals can lead from one to another like waves.

Or in a line like beads on a string.

Spirals can be tight or loose.

You can square them off.

You can smoosh them into a "topographic" spiral.

You can alternate them with other graphic elements, or alternate the spiral direction.

Or play with the size

You can fill in the spiral path

You could even decorate the spiral itself, there are so many options!

Spirals turn corners with ease

Spirals also make a fluid all over design.

Here are some photos of spiral quilting to inspire you.

1. free motion close up, 2. WIP, 3. Berry Tree Quilt -- 51x72, 4. Roundabout Quilt Closeup, 5. Pin Wheels detail, 6. Untitled, 7. January Quilt Showcase Close Up of Middle, 8. back, 9. Swirls and starburst quilting

Spiral doodling is fun and easy! Time to try some in your journal.

See more Free Motion Quilting designs and tips on the Free Motion Quilting page.


Fat Chick Design said...

I always draw doodles when I am not really thinking, maybe its a sign!

Cal said...

I think I will really like the spirals... time to find out!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These always looked so hard to me. Especially to be consistent.

Jensters said...

I do have trouble with these, maybe i should put them on my designs first?!

BubzRugz said...

they look lovely and you make it seem SO EASY - practice, practice, practice.... I am fine if I draw the design first with wash out pen - it is the 'free' part that i struggle with....
Will get there..

Gene Black said...

spirals are easy for me, they just seem to flow out. I will have to try some of the variations.

a.niza said...

i love your spiral variations...i just love spirals!!

Sarah Craig said...

I just did a large quilt with FMQ, and used spirals on a lot of it. I found them to be easy once I just relaxed, they fill large spaces quickly, and it's easy to change directions to move around while filling in the blanks! I can't wait to try some of your variations....

Leah said...

Those look great... I think I may try some on my test fabric. Not sure about FMQ on my current project! Its basted and ready for stitching, but its my largest project ever, so worried about FMQ it... I do have a panel quilt in my stash that I might get out...

Stray Stitches said...

Spirals are one of the few fmq I feel I can do - lol!

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