Monday, April 7, 2014

Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures: Scroll Flower #1

Time to start a new free motion Monday quilting adventure! Never mind April showers that bring May flowers, we're going straight to the flowers for the month of April!

Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures Scroll Flower

I'm sure there are other names that this design goes by, but scroll flower is what I will call it. This is a great design that can be scaled up really large- maybe up to 6 inches wide, for an all-over, edge to edge type design. It can work in  a small scale for use as a filler and you can fit it to a block to use as a block design.


So it starts with a scroll shape. Some folks think it looks like a question mark.Then you add petals. These are pretty much a semi-circular shape, bouncing around the circular portion of the scroll.


The size of the scroll and size of the petals dictate how many petals you'll have. Conversely, the number of petals you desire and the size of your scroll can determine the size of your petals.


Then you bounce back around to create another set of petals. I like mine to just echo the first set.



And then off you go with another scroll to start the next flower. You can vary the direction of the scrolls to make the flowers more random.

Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures Scroll Flower 2

You don't have to use just a scroll shape either! Modify the design to use spirals or shells/paisley for the flower center. I do two variations in this video below:



If you are new to this design, draw it out a few times before starting to quilt it. Link up to share what you've done this week with this design, even if it's just a drawing. This is the baseline week, so that we can each work on our skill with this design and see how much each of us has improved.

Some quick rules:

  • Keep your post relevant to this quilt along please. Spammy posts will be deleted.
  • Make sure you link up to the individual post, not your home page as nobody wants to have to search around for the post if they're a little late to the party.
  • Link back to this post somewhere in your post. You've got to dance with the one who took you to the party, so make sure you link back.
  • Don't be a wall-flower. (Talking to myself here too. In person I am so stinking shy!) Visit the other links and leave comments.
  • Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply commenter, especially if you ask a question.
  • Visit others who have linked up and be sociable!
Don't forget to bookmark this blog, follow, or sign it up in your favorite feed reader. Like the facebook page (I do post some short things on it pretty regularly), or even check out my Pinterest boards. I'll be visiting you too!

I don't have a give-away set up for this month, but I'm trying to set up something for next month. I'm working on a new button that will be good for all of these Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures, but my computer seems to hate me right now, so that will have to wait.


17 comments:

  1. I've never tried this one Amy so look forward to playing along with you :-)

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    1. I really enjoy working on these designs "together"!

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    2. Not sure why my image in the linky list has gone black - have no idea how to correct it!!

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  2. Very nice, I like the built in versatility of this pattern. Thanks for sharing, I put it in my notebook to try soon.

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    1. Yes! Isn't a notebook a great thing for keeping track of designs? May you have a chance to play with it soon.

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  3. This is another design that I have not tried Amy, so I am looking forward to stitching along with you on this...now to put pen and paper together first...thank you for hosting again...

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  4. I would really like to learn this and use it as an edge to edge design. I plan on practicing this week and linking up once I'm done! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m glad you like it! Thanks! Looking forward to see what you’ve done.

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  5. Well done, Amy!!! This is one of my faves! Your tutorial is very well done and will help a great many to start using this one!! Thanks so much for all your great posts!!!!

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  6. I just found your blog, can't wait to join in.

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  7. Nice freehand floral design, thanks for sharing it!

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  8. looking good Amy! I'm hoping to have some time this week to participate

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  9. I've been away for awhile & am trying to go back to some of your daily blogs that I've missed. Keeping a notebook sounds like a great idea. I started one once but it wasn't very organized so will try again. I love these flowers. It looks like something I might be able to do. How do you keep your open toe foot from bouncing up & down?

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