Freeform Fun

I finished sewing a Quiltmaker project recently (from gorgeous Red Rooster fabrics) and had a bunch of patches left over.

patches Freeform Fun

I decided to play around and see what happened. The most obvious thing was to sew the rectangular patches together.

strip Freeform Fun

I made three strips like the one above.

I knew I wanted to use this fabric for some sashing. I love those little birds!

sash Freeform Fun

I sewed them together and liked what was happening:

joined Freeform Fun

I trimmed it up (no stressing over the irregularities) and started auditioning other possibilities.

audition1 Freeform Fun

audition2 Freeform Fun

Eventually decided against the red polka dots. A little too intense.

audition4 Freeform Fun

audition5 Freeform Fun

Landed here. I have an idea for the edge treatment, but first I’ll quilt the whole thing as a rectangle.

layered Freeform Fun

I love quilt basting spray for small quilts like this. I use just a few safety pins. I treated this as a practice piece for machine quilting. I tried all kinds of different ideas and it was really fun and relaxing. Here’a side shot of some clamshell-type quilting in the borders. It’s freeform, no marking and no stressing. I used pink thread.

quilting Freeform Fun

Now I take the plunge: freeform cutting of the edges into soft, flowing curves.

trimmed Freeform Fun

I love it!  It’s just what the doctor ordered. In my next post, I’ll share a great tool for cutting bias binding strips, because of course on a curvy edge, bias binding works best.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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2 Responses to Freeform Fun

  1. Mary says:

    What a wonderful quilt. Love the colors, love the curves!

  2. Peg Spradlin says:

    I love the way your quilt turned out, Diane. You put those left overs to very good use! I especially love the curvy border and you did a fantasic job on the free form clam shells. I’m impressed.

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