Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Motifs in fabrics

  Today was the Beginner Free Motion Class at my LQS.....and unknown to me, Marietta had arranged to have a video taken for her FB page!   Hopefully, the video will focus/feature the students as they worked.   The young gal will return for the second class next week to show how the student's progressed.  I sure hope they do all their homework.  Actually, this was one of the best groups I have taught....they moved along exceptionally well.

     I came home and went ahead and pulled some fabrics for the next class.  Part of what I include a the end of the session  is design and motifs.  In other words,  picking out a pattern or motif to quilt. the questions to ask yourself, and looking for hints in the quilt itself.

  You know I love swirls.....quilting and fabrics.  These are a few in my closet.










  Swirls that play off each other. Swirls that curl, mix with leaves,  and form vines.    These motifs should look familiar as they have been a strong influence in what I quilt.











Then I noticed this one......look familiar?










 It is quite similar to the  'fern twist' motif used on my latest project..... those 3 spiky  points look like the motif in the above fabric.    Why reinvent the  wheel/swirl?  Look for hints in your chosen fabric.

  I spent the afternoon, prepping for the upcoming watercolor class next month.  I figured if it was done now, I could concentrate the rest of the week on a project.

  Enjoy....and happy stitching.

5 comments:

  1. You're right! That's such a logical approach to picking your quilting design. Something new to think about, thanks.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this valuable insight.

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  3. Great ideas in the prints here.
    I'll bet you are an inspiring teacher!

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  4. That is such a good idea and I wonder if that's what the quilt is saying when it "speaks" to us. A few years ago I saw a blog that used fabric like that for her backing then she just quilted upside down by outlining the backing pattern, interesting idea but I would need to see what's happening on the front.

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  5. It's always so much fun to find a fabric design that lends itself to a favorite quilting motif! So much inspiration in your swirly fabrics, it's no wonder you love using them.

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