Quilting with Rulers: Celtic Flower

I am so happy that I was able to get more quilting done on this fun practice piece. I put a circle in the middle of the design and tried to McTavish inside of it.

I haven't finished the McTavishing inside the flower petal areas around the Celtic Knot, but it felt like I was losing the Impact of these shapes with the narrow 1/4 inch echo. So I went around the outside at a 1/2 inch.

I marked the line at each inner turn so I could turn the corner more evenly. With the way that the CK and these petal shapes line up, it was easy and fast to come back in and mark.

quilting with rulers

 Here's what I've got so far. I'm not liking the dense stitching in the petals. I wish I had stuck to my original plan of using a 1/2 inch crosshatch in them. But the fills were a good place to see how this thread showed up on the fabric.

This is WonderFil's Mirage, a 30 wt. thread and it's stitching up so very nice. No tension or shredding issues at all. I'm using a 90/14 needle with it. The only thing I don't like is the unexpected appearance of the black color in between the blue and green colors in the variegation.

Gotta run! I hope you've been doing some free motion quilting fun, hopefully with a ruler.


  1. I have never used the Mirage - does it appear heavy or thready?...(got a $600 gift certificate to Wonderfil I need to get shopping!). I think it looks great\~

    1. It's a 30 wt. thread, so it's pretty heavy. Stitched up like a dream compared to other 30 wt. threads I've used and perfect for showing off the lines of stitching for my students, but not a good choice for the gorgeous detail work you do.

  2. I love the quilting in the petals. I agree with you about the black in the thread, it doesn't look like it fits the theme of the thread. Lovely work !

  3. I am very much enjoying watching you make the design come alive. I agree that the 1/2" cross hatching on the petals would have looked better with this fabric. Thanks so much for sharing your process. It really helps me learn.

  4. I like the FM in the petals. I agree about the black, its not the best option in this colour mix

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