Tuesday Tutorial-Swirling Stars

Swirling Stars quilting tutorial from TheInboxJaunt — just in time for July 4th! Check out Lori’s creative and exceptionally well done quilting and I hope you’ll be inspired to try it out. I am going to as soon as I get the chance to set up my new sewing area!

The Inbox Jaunt

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Just in time for the Fourth of July, we have the Swirling Stars for our Tuesday Tutorial this week!

This is a great way to embellish any patriotic quilt, but it also looks great on summer quilts, sailboat quilts, boys quilts, military-inspired quilts….I’m sure you can find a spot on ANY quilt for this motif.  So let’s get started…

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Draw three lines to serve as “rails”–just guidelines to keep things tidy.  In the sample below, the rails are one inch apart.  Stitch a spiral with a long tail.  In the sample below, the tails are two inches long.   (See the spiral tutorials HERE and HERE.)

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

From heavy paper or tag board, cut out a small star.  (Draw one, print one, or look for a stencil.)

I found this stencil at JoAnn Fabrics.

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Use the stencil or the cutout to draw a star around each spiral.  If…

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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

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