The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Machine Quilt Neverland, Design #493

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How to Machine Quilt Neverland, Design #493

I have a fun new design variation for you today! Last year I shared a design called Twisted Squares that quickly became one of my favorites. I wonder what will happen if we stitch all of the straight lines in that design curvy instead? I tried it out and created a new design and calling Neverland.

Check out the different tools and supplies I'm using in this video:

Did you know this week is the ninth anniversary of the Free Motion Quilting Project blog?

I love looking back at the different designs and beautiful quilt I've made over the years. I'm so happy that I'm still working on this blog and sharing new designs and quilting tutorials every week!

I absolutely couldn't do this without your support, kind comments, and wonderful questions. If you're struggling with free motion quilting please let me know, and share the hardest thing about this technique in the comments below. I love helping beginners master this craft!

Now let's learn more about Neverland:

Design Family - Edge to Center. This design is quilted from the edge of your quilting space - this could be the seam lines of a quilt block, a marked square or rectangle shape, or the inside of an appliqu├ęd shape. When you quilt from the outside to the inside of a shape you just need to watch out for excess fabric wiggling out of position.

When quilting Neverland, you'll be stitching progressively smaller and shorter lines as you near the middle of your quilting space. The one downside is you have to break thread with every Neverland square you fill. Keep this in mind if you decide to use this design over a large quilt. That could be a lots of thread breaks!

I designed fabric using the sister design to Neverland to make the Twisted Squares/Rainbow Road quilt. I love creating fabric for the backs of my quilt to make them easier to quilt and just as beautiful on both sides. Click here to find this tutorial and free quilt pattern.

Difficulty level - Super Beginner. If you can quilt wiggly lines, you can stitch this design! The hardest part is keeping the lines in the center of the square consistence as they become shorter and closer together. Make sure to watch the video to see how I handled the center of this Neverland design.

Suggestions for use - I think Neverland is going to work great in any square or rectangular shape that's open so you can quilt the design easily without having to hop or skip over other motifs or designs.

It will work great on both a small and large scale, but I think it will really look best on a larger scale and quilted with lots of space between the lines of quilting. This will be a great choice for quilt where you just want to insert a little extra texture into a few blocks.

Where do you think Neverland will work best? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Let's go quilt

Leah Day

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