A few weeks ago I got an email from a reader that had just purchased an Accents in DesignFine Line Ellipse Template. She had posed the question as to what else can she do beyond the obvious when it came to design options. My response….lots!! 🙂 I hope you find a little Ellipse Template Design inspiration!!
I had been thinking about re-doing one of my first videos that was about the Fine Line Ellipse template….my lighting/ angle/ lens, was not quite worked out yet, to say the least. I stitched this in contrasting thread once again for visibility during the video- it does show every little wobble, but I think it would be lovely in a complimentary thread color.
I Love this template. It is a No- Brainer- a go to when it comes to borders. It’s an easy design answer to almost any flavor quilt you may have. Just change up your fill pattern. Keeping it simple for busy fabrics , baby quilts or heavy use throws….just go with the template outline- in one, two or three passes.
But if you want to put your stamp on a quilt, then start doodling and thinking about filling that space of the ellipse.
I have to say that I do love the ole artistic value of 3. My favorite motif is when I divide this design into 3 and then fill-er-up! Play around with it…I have done the peace sign /pie slice division of space- let your imagination go with it!
I sat in front of the TV, while my family watched“Lord of the Rings”, doodling away. I have pages of combos using different fillers (no you won’t find Frodo in one of my motifs 🙂 …) I encourage you to sit ,relaxed and doodle- see how many combinations you can think of. These are all designs that we all know how to do- easy- peasy!!
Free motion quilting stitch regulation can be a frustrating thing when you are just getting started. The popularity of sewing machine companies selling sit down quilting machines or DSM pushing “stitch regulators” plays on the premise that you can more easily side step the learning curve to control your machine.
Lets face it – there’s no free lunch- we all love any shortcut that we can get, whether it’s quilting , driving , cleaning…. or weight loss for that matter, I am willing to pay good money to get the end point quicker ! 🙂 LOL
I am not going to sit here and say that there isn’t times that I wish, as sit down quilter, we had the high quality stitch regulation that some standup longarm machines have. But the fact is, even longarmers prefer to go un-stitch regulated when doing certain types of designs. The stitch regulator can put “drag” on some curvy designs.
From the sit down machine stand point- I think that stitch regulators have a way to go before they are offering a comparable product to what is available in the stand up market. The last quilt show I went to , people were lined up to have a go at the sit down longarms – especially if they thought they may get some stitch regulation thrown in for good measure. It is a market that technology is making inroads , but the cost associated with it- for the quality of the stitch, isn’t there yet for the sit down quilter ( IMHO).
If you look at some very successful sit down quilters ( Diane Gaudynski, Harriet Hargrave, Lori Kennedy and Cindy Needham to name a few) none of these gals used stitch regulation- and their work couldn’t be more beautiful.
I had decided to do this video to add to the skill builder bucket for people who are new to free motion quilting and struggling with your stitch length. This video almost didn’t happen- if you look at my quilt sandwich I had stitched around all over it….I videoed this so many times it wasn’t funny….. the phone rang…the dogs were barking…..the UPS man came… more barking… (If your looking for it you can hear one of my girls let out a growly moan half way through-she talks like that :)…I was running out of quilt sandwich….enough already… if I burned through that sandwich , I was going to call it a day- it was supposed to be a quickie!!! lol).
Oh yeah , back to stitch regulation- I am not saying that you have to “live” at this one speed in your FMQ world forever- quite the opposite. But as you are striving to gain control of of your stitch length, limiting one of the variables( your machine speed) as you learn to control how fast you move your hands simplifies things a bit. As your skills improve, so will the need to vary your speed with increasingly more complex designs. But you will have an “ear” for your machine and where you are comfortable quilting most of the time. I know this has been a technique that helped me- I hope it helps others get to their “happy place “ quicker in their FMQ journey!
Give it a try….what do you have to lose…it’s just a quilt sandwich !
Let me know if it works for you…
This past week I went to the first AQS Daytona show for a little quilt inspiration. They had many great classes with top notch teachers( I’ll post about the classes another time), the usual vendors that you expect at an AQS show ( a few disappointments there- but I guess AQS has expanded into a lot more shows around the country and some of the vendors may not have the staff to cover all the shows) and a quilt show that provided an opportunity to see quilts that are done by some talented and/or famous quilters that you would not otherwise see up close and personal.
I didn’t do a lot of damage shopping. I purchased some new-to-me threads to try and and some different battings. I will report back on those when I have had a chance to really give them an honest try.
In the mean time I thought I would share some of that quilt inspiration with you .
I also want to post some close up pictures of amazing quilting:
Well , I need to probably stop posting pictures…I could go on and on- but my page may not want to load on your computer if I keep adding files ! I hope you enjoyed a peak at the AQS Daytona Show.