Free Motion Quilted Flowers
Guess who quilted one of her 4 Plus Quilts?? This girl!
I decided to try a flower design. Someone posted a flower tutorial – it might have been a free Craftsy sneak-peek video deal. Anywhoo, I watched a few weeks ago and decided I had to try it. I think I kinda screwed it up, since you can’t exactly see the flowers.
In the video they make the “stem” and “circle middle” part, then build a flower around it. They took a couple laps around to make the petals. I think they may have done a little 1/8″ echo around the flower, once it was as big as she wanted it. I think, cough cough, I may have forgotten that step. I have petals all willie-nilly around this quilt.
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Honestly, I’m just glad it is quilted. It is not a deal-breaker that you cannot see each exact flower. Live and learn, right? Those Plus Quilts are so fast to piece and so great to try out designs. Next one, I’m thinking I’ll put a different fill in each fat quarter.
Can we talk Chaos Theory for a minute. I have 12 fat quarters in the quilt. I have 10 of those same fabrics to make the scrappy pieced binding. What are the odds that the exact piece of binding would cover the edge of that particular fat quarter? Well, a thousand million percent because it has happened. To be exact, it happened 3 different times in this quilt. I also always wonder what the odds are that a scrappy binding with a handful of seams will have a seam land on a corner…. well, that happens all.the.time too. Good thing I quilt and don’t wrestly with odds and stats, right? I’d be a mad woman. =)
To my math nerds out there – Yes, I realize there’s a whole “But not all 12 fabrics are on the perimeter” Yeah. And a whole “Are the strips of equal length?” Yep. And let’s not forget the little stray squares, so we should break it down into squares, not total fabric used. 28 -chance of hitting a fabric square along the edge. Heck break it down in to actual inches of binding vs inches of squares. On and on.
These are the things I think of when I’m binding. Is that normal??