If you have been following “Free Motion Friday” for this past year, you know that I have been playing with grid quilting. I started with basic square grids and moved to big circles, and the latest have been small circles in a square design.
So, this week I have been thinking about ways to design my own “grids” using tools that I already have.
My first thought was using one of the Westalee Spin-E-Fex rulers and I pulled out the simplest of all of the rulers…..
….the Westalee Spin-E-Fex #4.
At its simplest, it makes this shape……
I know….pretty boring.
If the shape is repeated four times, it makes these shapes…..
Also, nothing to get excited about!!
But, what if I combine those shapes….maybe like this…..
That has promise for a 6″ block!!
What if I add loops on each side…..
It looks even better when you turn it 45 degrees……
NOW….what if I add more “loops” to the corners…..
That is okay, but not my favorite.
How about if I add 3 loops to the corner but have two of them going a different direction?
Oh WOW…..I really like that one!!
I like that it gives the illusion of having two circles around the outside. If you can’t see it, just squint!!
Now the question is…..can I quilt it??
I like that it will only require four guidelines, but I will definitely have to be VERY INTENTIONAL in my practice to make sure that the points end up where they are supposed to!!!
Come back tomorrow and I will stitch this out for the first time…..ON CAMERA!!
As I proofread this post, I realized that I have drifted from my original “grid quilting” design but sometimes you just have to go where the creativity takes you!!
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We have been looking at the quilting and planning process for finishing my Monarch Challenge for the last two days. You can check out the posts here……
I FINALLY figured out exactly how I wanted to quilt this background, so here we go……
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At this point, I am REALLY close to finishing the quilt and will be posting about it in the next week.
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