One final FMQ design for 2017 – Water and Hibiscuses (a mini tutorial)
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, I am trying to get the Vanuatu Turtle Quilt done and dusted. One less UFO to carry over to the New Year!
So I have used my free time this week, such as it was(!) to piece a backing for this quilt, layer and pin it up and design the quilting.
To complete this quilt, I knew I wanted to quilt something curvy……. waves or such like to contrast with the geometric black and white piecing and to evoke thoughts of water. But it needed to be subtle. The black and white graduation in the piecing and the red turtle appliqué are enough major design elements for one quilt. So, quilt something curvy in lightweight grey thread……
I was originally thinking spirals of some description, but as I was piecing the backing, I decided that the hibiscuses on the back were simple enough to become FMQ designs.
Working up the Hibiscus FMQ design
My first attempts at drawing the hibiscuses out with a pencil were appalling…..
At this stage I was still thinking to pair this hibiscus FMQ with swirls, when I decided that perhaps that was going to get complicated and busy, when I expressly wanted simple. So I opted to go with a design I do relatively often which is kind of a sideways elongated stipple…… and looks a bit like the gentle wavy surface of slowly moving water. I’m sure many of you do it too. Like this……
I have started quilting this design onto the Vanuatu Turtle quilt. It is hard to photograph though, as it recedes into the quilt. Only to be observed by the most up-close and observant users. As per the original plan. 🙂
So, if you would like to try this hibiscus FMQ design, here it is broken down into steps for you.
Quilt into an open space. Double back to quilt a heart shape. Do not quite close the shape.
Repeat the heart shape to create four more petals. The petal shapes can be fairly uneven, as long as they adhere to the rough heart shape and return almost but not right to the centre. The five points at the bases of the petals should sit in a small ring formation.
Quilt a hooked stamen into the space defined by the first petal.
Create one or two more hooked stamens in the second petal and some flatter stamens in the lower petals. Exit the flower between any two petals.
You can download all the steps on a one page pdf here: hibiscus.
I hope you enjoy trying the Water and Hibiscus FMQ motifs at some point, perhaps in 2018. And I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas holiday.
P.S. I was honoured to have a guest post on Days Filled with Joy this week. Joy did a marvellous job with her 12 Days of last minute Christmas gift ideas series, including this glittery bauble variation of the couched thread ornaments we looked at here earlier in December. If you liked the bell, tree and star ornaments, you might like to read about the bauble guest post too.
P.P.S. There has been a marvellous response so far to the Monthly Color Challenge running at Patterns by Jen and the appliqué version that we will be doing right here at Clever Chameleon. If you missed the Beary Colourful BOM news this time last week you can find it here.