From my experience as a domestic machine quilter, it is easier to tackle quilting motifs in small scale when quilting using a domestic sewing machine. The workable quilting area around the needle of the machine is generally no larger than 6″ or so – that’s why, I find quilting dense quilting much more manageable than trying to quilt “longarm style” on my domestic machine. But sometimes, certain quilts just require longarm style quilting with the quilting motifs being quilted in a much larger scale and further apart…
I thought I would share with you a few thoughts on how I did the embellished swirly vine “longarm style” on this quilt I recently completed…
#1. I made sure I mastered the basics first in small scale before moving up. The “basics” in this case is my swirly vine. I made sure I was able to quilt the motif well with all the curves being quilted without any jaggedness before moving up the scale. You can read more about the swirly vine in a Thread Talk post here, or you can see it done in my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class here.
[image source: Swirly Vine from my Annie's "Learn to Machine Quilt" class]
#2. I made sure I also mastered totally free-handing the motif and am able to quilt the motif comfortably all over the quilt before attempting to add any fancy strokes. If you aren’t comfortable in quilting free-hand, you might consider doodling on paper first. I place great value in doodling on paper in my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class.
Now, if you are past #1 and #2, and are ready to dress up the swirly vine motif and make a totally quilting motif out of it, here are the schematics.
These are the swirly vines drawn in a much larger scale. The starting swirl at the top right corner is about 2 1/2″ in length just so you get an idea about the scaling.
2. If you are comfortable quilting these swirls with no major hiccups, you can add some petal lobes at the base of the swirl before you head off again to start another swirl. See if the following schematic makes sense to you.
3. You only have to echo around the lobes to get out to start another swirl. See what I mean?
4. Repeat until the quilting area is quilted.
5. Here, you see the quilted reality.
I hope this gives you an idea on dressing up the basic quilting motifs you have been using.Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all!