The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Machine Quilt Pea Soup, Design #497

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to Machine Quilt Pea Soup, Design #497

What happens when you combine the swirly flame shapes of Sharp Stippling with the cute bubbles of Double Pebble? You get the recipe for Pea Soup!

Quick links to tools and supplies I'm using in this quilting tutorial:

I’m quilting with my favorite Machingers quilting gloves as usual and have a QueenSupreme Slider placed on top of my machine to make sliding the quilt block around a big easier. 

We've combined the gloves, slider, and bobbin washers in a special Quilting Kit you can check out here.

As for the machine I’m using, I’m really enjoying quilting on the Eversewn Sparrow 20. This fun little affordable sewing machine is great for piecing and free motion quilting. I am using a Low Shank Darning foot that I modified to fit this machine perfectly. 

I'm also quilting with Isacord polyester thread because it's thin, strong, and rarely breaks as I quilt.

Now let's learn more about quilting Pea Soup!

Design Family – Independent. This design is a simple variation of Sharp Stippling. You can wiggle around your quilt easily in all directions with flame shapes, and occasionally swing into the circle shapes. This is a great design to practice echoing and quilting circles because you don't have to stitch either one of them perfectly to create this pretty texture.

Difficulty Level – Beginner. Pea soup is quite an easy, fast design to quilt. If you find yourself struggling to stitch sharp points, follow my advice in the video and slow down, or stop when you're wanting a sharp point on your quilt. Then shift your hands and get a good grip on the quilt and don’t hesitate as you quilt in the new direction to make a sharp direction change.

Suggestions for Use – this design will work great anywhere on your quilt. You can quilt this on a large scale easily and make the circles really big so they take up lots of space. You can also shrink the design down to a small scale to use it to fill intense areas of your quilt as well.

Where do you think Pea Soup will work best? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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