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 Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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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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