This week’s tutorial is based on a zentangle drawing tutorial I found on Pinterest. The specific drawing pattern is called Clem and is designed by Erika Bonham Kehlet and can be found on the Pattern Collection website. I am in love with this flower!
Stitched on an 1 inch grid; the flower totals 2 inches.
At my last visit to my local quilt shop I found this awesome NEON thread. I like my bright colors for stitching, but neon??? I wasn’t sure… but BOY OH BOY… it is stunning on black fabric! I think it is my new favorite thread. It is a polyester thread made by Madeira and it is called Polyneon. My domestic machine Janome 8900 really likes it and I know that is works perfectly on a longarm too. And best of all? It is very reasonably priced!!!
(source picture, non-affiliated)
The photo of the sample really doesn’t do it justice. It is BRIGHT!!! My camera is compensating for the bright color and the picture now looks washed out. Just trust me, it is NEON!
Pattern NEON. Stitched on an 1 inch grid. The geometric flower/star is 2 inches in total.
In the next picture you can get a better feel of the neon brightness!
Pattern DRIP: water droplets dripping down the curve of the circle…. Stitched on an 1 inch grid, with a pre-marked 2 inch circle.
Pattern HOLD ON: like fingers of many hands holding on to each other. Stitched on an 1 inch grid, with a pre-marked 2 inch circle in an orange peel grid. Only the outer circle of the orange peel was actually stitched but the inside of the peels functioned as a guide for the feather shapes.
The next 3 patterns are based on a new grid: equilateral triangles! I found a grid template by The Stencil Co. at the quilt show in France in September. It is actually called the hexie grid 1″ (9″ x 8″ ). (link to website, non-affiliated)
It does take a long time to transfer the lines to the my quilt sandwich as the plastic template is way smaller that the fabric. But as the pattern lines are close together, I will be able to get more designs on one quilt sandwich.
I will start using the lines and triangles as a base for patterns and I will also move into more hexie-based designs in the future.
Pattern SCENIC ROUTE. I left out the horizontal lines and only followed the angled lines. Add a loop left, add a loop right and continue!
Pattern SASHIKO PEEL. A classic and beautiful sashiko design that resembles the orange peel pattern. Work along the line with a curvy stitch-line; curve up, curve down, curve up, curve down. Work your way back along the same line and hop over to the next line at the end.
Pattern FRACTION. Divide a triangle in half and divide each half one more time. Travel along the edges from triangle to triangle. I preferred working in rows.
I have noticed on social media that most of the schools in the USA have already closed for summer. I am happy for all you fellow teachers and I hope you will enjoy your well deserved summer vacation!
Our schools close in the middle of July, so we still need to go on for a couple of weeks. These last few weeks are always quite tiring, but I have found that working on this 100 Days Project with the FMQ patterns has helped me feel energized… just not these last two days as my hay fever has kicked in… ahchoo… ahchoo… ahchoo!
p.s. I am linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop?!