Sometimes I just can’t help myself and quilt every little bit of a quilt. I like that too. Did you know that I am a Gemini, I can change my mind at any time, no notice required.
So quilting Tulips was fun. The first thing I did was to out line all the straight edges on this quilt. I quilted, stitch in the ditch right next to but not on top of the stems of the flowers. I do this with a straight stitch and the feed dogs up, letting the machine "walk" along the straight edge.
I discovered a long time ago that I like quilting in layers when possible. So when I started quilting Tulips I laid out my design and then pulled all the top layers off of the quilt surface and just started with the Tulip leaves and stems.
- Once I finished all the straight quilting, I dropped my feed dogs and switched to free motion quilting and outline quilted the green leaves around the tulips.
- Then I fused on the green leaves behind the little flowers on the bottom and outlined stitched around those free motion.
- I like to do as much as I can in the same color thread before I switch to another color, so I am always thinking about what colors and what I want to quilt.
- When I was done with all the green, I switched the color of my thread and outline quilted around the tulip flower heads free motion.
- I fused down the small flowers at the bottom, and switched out my color again and machine quilted around the flower heads on the bottom of the quilt.
- Once I have all the “design” elements (the flowers and leaves) quilted, then I think about the background and border quilting.
- For Tulips I just did a plain stipple quilting in the background area.
- And for the border I quilted a little flower and leaf design. I could only make the flowers + leaves in the wide open areas of the border and had do just the little leaf design down around the flowers at the bottom.
- And I ALWAYS machine quilt my name in the bottom of the quilt.