Greetings fellow quilters! I hope you're having a fine week and finding time to stitch.
In Upstate NY, USA we're having wild weather again. Lots of rain last week -- then some days in the 70's -- and tonight they are calling for snow.
Before the snow reins down on us I decided to get a shot of a sweet daffodil in my overgrown front garden. What a sight for eyes that have seen far too much snow this year.
Long live the daffodils!
Today I wanted to share a new tutorial with you -- a quilting design I'm referring to as "Orange Peel Grid". This design takes a crosshatched grid and turns it into a design full of texture and movement. It's really simple to setup and to stitch and is a design you MUST add to your Design Motif list.
After seeing Diane's work, and some other beautiful variations on the internet, I decided to give this a try but with an added twist. Instead of just marking the straight line grid, I used the walking foot on my Janome Horizon 7700 and stitched the grid. The stitched grid provides you a blueprint to complete the rest of the design with FMQ Continuous Curve stitching.
For the grid marking details you can review this You Tube video "Orange Peel Grid Design - Part I - Preparing the Grid on Paper".
After I creased the fabric, I used the walking foot on my Janome Horizon 7700, some Aurifil 50Wt thread and two layers of Quilter's Dream - Dream Wool to stitch the straight lines. If you like, you could also use a free motion quilting foot and a straight line ruler to stitch the grid.
Once the grid was stitched, (video above) I used a free motion quilting Ruler foot (you could use any FMQ foot, a darning foot, open toe darning foot, couching foot, etc) to quilt continuous curve lines around the grid.
This next video outlines (on paper) how to stitch the continuous curve design. Click here => "Orange Peel Grid Design - Part II Continuous Curve on Paper"
"Orange Peel Grid Quilting Design - Continuous Curve on a Domestic Machine"
at this link.
Lastly, before I go, I wanted to tell you about the National Quilters Circle Blogger Awards (currently open for nominations through April 29th). The National Quilters Circle is an organization that provides technique and project tutorials and videos to the world of quilters. You can read more about their mission here.
• Best Traditional Quilting Blog
• Best Modern Quilting Blog
• Best Quilting Patterns Blog
• Best Fiber Arts Blog
• Best Art Quilts Blog
• Most Humorous Blog
• Best Overall Quilting Blog
It looks like a fun competition and I'm sure it will open our eyes to some great new Quilting related blogs. You can read more about the competition and nominate your favorite blog at this link.. Stay tuned to the NQS blog for the voting stage that begins in early May and ends May 15th!
Do you have a favorite blogger (or two ?).
Thanks for stopping by - I have a sleeve to stitch down before I call it a night. Have a great remainder of the week!