Monday, 24 March 2014

Arch intersection - free motion quilting Cameo 30

I missed out on a Cameo last week - sorry about that - so here we are back on track with number 30.

This is what I call a 'there-and-back' pattern, meaning it takes two passes to complete the pattern. I mentioned in the last post the idea of sewing backwards, and with these patterns I do just that - the first pass from top to bottom and then returning bottom to top. Getting the semi-circles to intersect at the right point is what makes the pattern. Just go for it on the down stitching, but coming back up you have to be careful to match the semi-circles at a half-drop. I don't get too fussy - marking this would be a nightmare. If it doesn't quite match, so be it. Watching the shapes that are being formed I find really helps.

I've put this in again on the horizontal, just to show a different aspect. I like the wide-open ribbon effect this one gives. You could stitch it without the gap in between to make an overall pattern, then you would have fun deciding whether you wanted to align the motif which would emphasize the circle, or do a half drop.

For more information about the 101 free motion quilting Cameos, please visit the 'fmq Cameos - so far' page.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence
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  1. Lucky to find your pages - so many creative ideas for free-motion quilting!

  2. I can see lots of possibilities with this one - like it a lot!

  3. These are great! I'm going to follow you to see where you go with this. :)

  4. Wonderful effect; thanks for sharing.

  5. Oooh, I love this. Has a bit of a Celtic knot feel. Very cool!

  6. This looks like a really fun design! I love it!

  7. this design is really amazing, and would look great as an alternative to a stipple, I think!

    Thanks so much for showing this off at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. I can see this pattern, pieced, as a quilt. I'm still fairly new at piecing but maybe someday............we'll just have to wait and see. Another great FM design. Thanks.

  9. Very interesting pattern, and I just love the fabric on which you are quilting it.