Free-Motion Framework Quilt Panels From Spoonflower
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In the Isolating Shapes chapter of Free-Motion Framework, we cover how to take any linear framework and select areas in which to quilt. I’ve illustrated how easy it is to isolate shapes by color-blocking them in as a visual aid. Well, as luck would have it, those color-blocked images looked really cool.
Choosing your panel couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Free-Motion Framework Collection at Spoonflower.com from the ReannaLily Designs shop and select your favorite design.
You’ll be able to choose your fabric type. For this demonstration piece, I choose satin. It’s only $.50 more than the woven cotton, and the results are stunning.
You’ll also have the option to pick a test swatch, fat quarter, or yard. Choose Yard.
Notice also, the fabric width is 42″. The design will repeat a bit. (Shown marked off in RED below.) This is actually perfect because it gives you a chance to test out ideas and colors before stitching them directly onto the 36″ square panel. Neat trick, right?
For my own project, I opted to match thread colors with the color-blocked shapes. Here’s my suggestions:
- Glide Linen 10WG1
- Glide Celery 60580
- Glide Cerulean 30308
- Glide Split Pea 60389
- Glide Baby Blue 30290
- Glide Jungle 63415
Using my HandiQuilter Avante longarm I set up the satin panel with wool batting, just as I would load any other quilt. You absolutely can do this on a domestic machine, as well.
As suggested in Free-Motion Framework, I worked symmetrically, trying to complete a single color at a time. The satin is quite shifty, so I opted to pin baste around the quilt top as I stitched.
It was so neat to work within coloring shapes. Trying to stay “in the lines” is an added level of control and practice.
You can really see the satin “puff” and pins in this next image.
Working on this small panel for only a day, you can also see the light change throughout the day, on the photos. Thank you, quilt texture and shiny fabric.
Once the project panel started looking like it would come together nicely, I really started snapping a thousand pictures.
I actually quilted all the color threads, leaving a large portion of the linen area un-stitched. I just couldn’t decide what type of quilting fill I’d like to put in the space. Finally, I decided on hooked feathers. That last area really completed the design.
Finishing the edge of a quilt is traditionally done with a quilt binding. I wasn’t sure if a cotton fabric around a fantastically shiny quilt would look right. Facing the quilt seemed like the best option. I was able to trim my quilt 1/4″ past the panel’s printed design. By doing this, it added a seam allowance to the piece and allows me to add the facing without cutting into the actual shapes, points and design of quilt panel.
Of course, light is everything.
I hope you grab a panel for yourself. It is a great way to practice your machine quilting skills while creating a really cool quilt.