Quilting Bugs and Gardens

Bugs in my Garden quiltFrom the Sewing Room: free-motion Bugs in my Garden quilting motif

Welcome back! Today we are looking at bug and garden free-motion quilt motifs you can use to quilt a relaxed and friendly child’s quilt. You can use these motifs in almost endless combinations to personalise all sorts of projects. It will be fun! πŸ™‚

At our house, we like bugs and slugs, and most things creepy crawly. Not actually in our house…. outside, thanks! However, we do have half a dozen buggy residents who are welcome in our house. (If you hate insects, look away now!! Please don’t unfollow…. I’m not likely to post them again!) Otherwise, if you’re game, meet “the girls”…..

Spiny Leaf Insect
This is one of our Spiny Leaf Insects. They are Australian natives and very low care pets. This old girl is well past her expected life span and is mum or aunty to all our other girls. She is about 15 cm long, stretched out.
Spiny Leaf Insect
One of our half-grown Spinys. She’s proof-reading my blog while I clean her cage. πŸ™‚

Insects and other garden dwellers are a regular feature in family discussions around here. Accordingly, I have quilted bugs on quite a few projects in the last few years. So when I received a colourful bug and flower-themed quilt sandwich to quilt for a charity group, for once I knew exactly what to do with it!

Bugs in my Garden FMQ

I only quilt friendly bugs. Nothing that bites, and no spiders to date. And I always quilt the bugs a place to live. So my go-to “Bugs in my Garden” free-motion set consists of caterpillars, snails, dragonflies, butterflies, leaves, flowers and suns. I have also added hearts to this particular quilt. All the motifs are linked with a simple loop-de-loop. This collection is fast to quilt, and results in a nice amount of quilting that leaves the quilt snuggly soft. It is also fun for children to hunt the motifs on their quilts. After the formal trapunto project with feathers and micro stippling last week, quilting Bugs in my Garden felt like dancing!

Here is the finished quilt. Now it goes off to another charity quilter to be bound.

Bugs in my Garden quit
Simple and cheerful. I wanted it to stay that way after quilting.

More about the Bugs in my Garden FMQ motifs

Here are some close-ups of the quilting:

Bugs in my garden quilting
Bugs in my Garden: sun, dragonfly and heart shapes
Bugs in my garden quilting
Bugs in my Garden: snail and leaves

Here are some even closer views of the critters in my garden:

Bugs in the Garden: Caterpillar
Bugs in the Garden: dragonfly
Bugs in the Garden: Snail
Bugs in my Garden: Butterfly

And some of the garden motifs too:

Bugs in the Garden: Daisy flower
Daisy Flower
Bugs in my Garden: Sun

Want to try “Bugs in the Garden”?

FMQ pdf download
FMQ pdf download

I’m hoping you like Bugs in my Garden and can think of someone who would like to explore a quilt covered in these fun motifs. If you would like to try them yourself, I have put them all the motifs together in a 4-page pdf you can download for free. You don’t have to follow my blog or sell me your soul. Just promise me you’ll pay it forward a little. πŸ™‚
Download here: Bugs in my Garden motifs

This pdf contains line drawings of the motifs with travelling directions marked so you can see how each motif is constructed.  

green clever chameleon logoI hope you have caught the quilting bug!

Sorry! My daughter has been learning about puns at school this week πŸ™‚

P.S. This is my second link up with  the Quilt Bloggers Festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Come on over to see a huge number of quilt bloggers in one place!

P.P.S. Also linking up with my favourite linky parties as they open: 
Free Motion Mavericks
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts

P.P.P.S. I always always have other stuff I am busting to tell you….. for instance, yesterday I was looking through my Pinterest feed and I found a very cool hexagon ladybird quilt. And, then when I visited the source page, it turns out the post was written for one of Amy’s early Quilt Blogger Festivals in 2010! If you want to see the quilt I stumbled on, visit this archive of Personalized Sketches and Sentiments. I have to say I was a little amazed at the coincidence, being in the process of writing a buggy post for Amy’s festival in 2017 and all! For more amazing and weirdly relevant quilt finds on the internet be sure to follow the clever chameleon where ever she goes…… soon I’ll be posting from Vanuatu!

6 Replies to “Quilting Bugs and Gardens”

    1. Hi Joy. πŸ™‚ My favourite is the snail. He is both easy and cute. Good practice for spirals. The caterpillar is the newest addition to the group, and the trickiest. But good practice for getting started with pebbles/bubbles. xx

    1. Thanks. It was fun. I like trying new things, but it was so wonderful to return to something familiar for a bit. I hope the charity group loves it too. πŸ™‚

Now it's your turn.... what do you think?