June 07, 2011

All-over Starburst quilting

I used this quilting design on my bunting quilt but I never showed how I did it. It goes fast, and has a really dynamic, joyful feeling to it. It's also a terribly easy free motion quilting design. Very beginner friendly.

Make a star.



Extend a line outward to start another star.



Make a second star, using the line you extended as one of its points. Then, to get to a place you can start a new star, trace along what you've already stitched to get to an open space.


And start another star.



And so on. Stars touch each other just at the points. Each star touches two other stars.


It's kind of like pebbling, with stars!


Varied sizes and numbers of points work well. Precision is optional. Just the kind of design I love!

11 comments:

Jan said...

Oh that's just great! I am very nervous about quilting and this looks to be a good way to start. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Thank you for sharing! I love this!

Jamie Lee said...

This is great, thanks! I have quilted just regular stars (up, down, across, across, down)before on a Christmas project and they looked really good, but this looks even better! I am making a 4th of July tablerunner and that might be the perfect quilting design. I always enjoy these posts. Thanks!

Jackie said...

Really cute! I like how it just flows from one star to another. Very clever!

W. Latane Barton said...

my brain just goes dead when I try to free motion quilt... the designing part, that is. So, this is fantastic. Thanks so much. Now I will quit doing crosshatching....or stitch in the ditch.

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

Very fun, its like the pebble idea that you showed us. I have done something sort of similar with snowflakes - inspired by you of course!!
Thanks for always sharing your great tips.
Cheers from your friend,
Carolyn

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

You had me at "Precision is optional." ;)
^..^

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Thanks for sharing the 'how-to'. very helpful!
~Kimberlee

Suzanne said...

I have to practice this as a good doodle first but I admit it looks doable. I love the option of shapes that connect too.

Helen in the UK said...

Love your stars quilting design - thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

I am so going to try this on one of my next free motion quilting tries.

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