Last month's design of ruler work was a bit tricky for those who don't have some sort of ruler toe, so this month it is time for grid-based designs, which is something we can all do in one way or another. Some may even want to use a walking foot for the straight line designs, but I encourage you to learn to do the lines in free motion (with or without a ruler) so you don't have to turn your quilt as much.
What's a grid-based design? One that uses a grid as the underlying structure, or 'bones' of the design. The grid can be the design itself, as in crosshatching (and this is an alternative to using ruler work) or additional lines or curves can be added to create a more intricate design. Some grid-based designs never actually stitch on the marked grid, but use it as reference points.
Pictured above are my 2 favorite stencils for this: The Stencil Company's SCL-457-10 and SCL-461-00 stencils. Of course, a grid can also be made using a ruler and marking implement of your choice.
If using a stencil, you can mark with chalk or removable fabric marker of your choice. I prefer using a marker, but on dark fabric, I like chalk (though I could use a white marking pencil/pen).
I learned from Kimmy Brunner in her Craftsy class that I don't have to use the pounce pad to use Miracle Chalk (disappears with heat), which can lay the chalk on a bit thick. She suggests using a foam paint brush (I used a foam wedge) to apply the chalk.
Here are a few stitched examples I've done in the past. These are very similar to the continuous curves I did last month with the rulers, but these are very tiny and are a good background filler.
These two are done with a 60 degree angled grid with three sets of lines.
Here's the practice piece I made with a variety of lines and fillers including the two grid-based designs on blue, above, from maybe 3 years ago. It was a great way to practice.
I made a large scale, slightly curved grid to make the design below with variagated thread running in perpendicular lines to fill it in. (The brown is a tree trunk.) It gave the piece some real depth for a landscape effect.
I did a few doodles of grid-based designs too. There are two fabulous quilters/quilting teachers that make good use of these types of designs: Diane Gaudynski and Cindy Needham. Take a look at their blogs (or books!) to spot some excellent examples of these designs.
The Stencil Company (www.quiltingstencils.com) has generously agreed to supply a give-away of the pair of stencils shown above to three lucky participants in this month's Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventures.
I'll be doing the give-away a bit differently this month. Anyone who comments or links up on this post or next Monday's post will be entered in the drawing, with the winner's announced on the third Monday, the 16th of June. This will give those who didn't win, and might be waiting for the winners to be announced before buying, a chance to get their own stencils while this series is still active and share with us their own work on these designs. There are 5 Mondays this Month, so there's plenty of time to stitch something with a grid-based design and share it!
I love seeing what everyone is doing during these Monday link-ups!
If you've missed any of the Free Motion Monday posts, you can find them on the Free Motion Mondays page.
Here's the guidelines for the link party:
For the linky this week, link up a post of grid-based designs you've done, if any. If you haven't done any, now's the time to draw some out, start a new practice piece or even try them out on a quilt!
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.
- Reciprocate! 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, be sociable, 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.