Tulips–enhance the design with quilting

Sometimes I just can’t help myself and quilt every little bit of a quilt. I like that too. Did you know that I am a Gemini, I can change my mind at any time, no notice required.

So quilting Tulips was fun. The first thing I did was to out line all the straight edges on this quilt. I quilted, stitch in the ditch right next to but not on top of the stems of the flowers. I do this with a straight stitch and the feed dogs up, letting the machine “walk” along the straight edge.

I discovered a long time ago that I like quilting in layers when possible. So when I started quilting Tulips I laid out my design and then pulled all the top layers off of the quilt surface and just started with the Tulip leaves and stems.

  • Once I finished all the straight quilting, I dropped my feed dogs and switched to free motion quilting and outline quilted the green leaves around the tulips.
  • Then I fused on the green leaves behind the little flowers on the bottom and outlined stitched around  those free motion.
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  • I like to do as much as I can in the same color thread before I switch to another color, so I am always thinking about what colors and what I want to quilt.
  • When I was done with all the green, I switched the color of my thread and outline quilted around the tulip flower heads free motion.
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  • I fused down the small flowers at the bottom, and switched out my color again and machine quilted around the flower heads on the bottom of the quilt.
  • Once I have all the “design” elements (the flowers and leaves) quilted, then I think about the background and border quilting.
  • For Tulips I just did a plain stipple quilting in the background area.
  • And for the border I quilted a little flower and leaf design. I could only make the flowers + leaves in the wide open areas of the border and had do just the little leaf design down around the flowers at the bottom.
  • And I ALWAYS machine quilt my name in the bottom of the quilt.

I love the way the quilting makes the “design” elements  in this quilt pop up.

4 responses on “Tulips–enhance the design with quilting

  1. Frieda

    Daryl asked what kind of thread I used to quilt Tulips.

    I use all kinds of thread, but for that little quilt I used Madeira rayon around all the design elements, YLI silk for the stippling behind the tulips and a variegated cotton (I think) for the border from Superior.
    I always use a thin 50 or 60 wt matching cotton thread in the bobbin.
    Thanks for asking.

  2. Susan Turney

    Hi Frieda,
    I received my fabric I ordered from you and it’s even more yummy than expected! I LOVE IT.
    Yesterday on the Quilting Daily website there was a whole cloth quilt shown in orange that has inspired me to try to do something with a long strip of the fabric. Here’s a link but I can’t seem to get the photo of the whole thing.
    Maybe you saw it. Anyway, thank you again for the great blog and opportunity so purchase your gorgeous fabrics!

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