The Free Motion Quilting Project: Machine Quilting Cool Leaves on a Baby Quilt

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Machine Quilting Cool Leaves on a Baby Quilt

We're continuing with our baby quilt project and this week my baby has provided the inspiration for the design! James had an idea for this corner of the quilt and I asked him to draw me a picture.

After a bit of work, we came up with this new Cool Leaves quilting design. Learn how to quilt it on a baby quilt in this new video:

Would you like to learn more about the machine I'm using in this video? Click Here to find more videos on the Grace Qnique 14+ longarm machine.

quilting a baby quilt
They key with quilting Cool Leaves is to quilt your initial leave shape nice and big so it covers 2-3 inches of space on your quilt.

You want the shape to be big to start because you quilt inside and add two lines within the shape. If you quilt the leaf shape too small to start, you may not have room to fit these extra lines.

You also want to quilt the leaf designs big so they take up lots of space on the baby quilt and cover the surface quickly.

The hardest part of this design is getting the leaves to fit together nicely through the weird areas that often pop up while quilting. In the video I ended up with a very weird spot that I could have handled better if I'd marked the design or thought through it a bit more.

But at the same time, who would notice it if I didn't point it out!? No one!

quilting a baby quilt

I've loved quilting this baby quilt with these larger quilting designs. It's so nice to be finishing a long unfinished project and knowing it's going to be finished very soon. Next week I have another video quilting this baby quilt with rulers.

I have a little bit of space between the Clouds design we quilted before and the edges of the quilt and it looks like the perfect space to quilt straight lines with rulers and transform the Clouds into Rainy Day! Be looking forward to this video tutorial coming next week.

Learn how to quilt Rain Clouds on a baby quilt

Click Here to find all of the videos we've shared so far on the Grace Qnique as well as all the videos on this baby quilt project.

Of course I'm always open to more suggestions for new videos so please share your ideas in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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