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    Keep Calm and Spiral On!

    I woke up this morning with quilting on my mind. I've NEVER attempted to quilt a spiral (as you know from my previous posts that I'm NOT a quilter) but I decided to give it a go. I use scrap blocks to practice on from time to time and this one with the solid back seemed like the perfect one to showcase all my mistakes. I put the walking foot, drew a starting spiral, set the stitch to 1, turned the speed dial on Juju to turtle, took a deep breath, and put the pedal down! At about the 6th rotation I increased speed a little and also increased the stitch length to 2.2. I used the left side of the walking foot as a guide and spiraled on. Keep Calm and Spiral On!

    I stopped when I hit the edges and with the idea that I was going to see so many goofs, I flipped it over. WOW! I was so surprised to see that it was (fairly) even! I'm going to give 90% of the credit to Juju and 10% to me for even trying to do this. lol With practice I will get the spacing more even but I am so thrilled with this first ever attempt.

    If any of you have tips and tricks for quilting spirals...I'm all ears! I feel like I just took my (limited) quilting to a new level.
    first spiral attempt.jpg spiral front.jpg

    #2
    Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

    Looks like you did good!!
    pat.

    No rain....no rainbows!


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    If you can't be nice.....BE QUIET!

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      #3
      Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

      That is beautiful! Certainly doesn't look like a 'first attempt' to me... My FMQ foot should be arriving any day (hopefully today!). I can't wait to try my hand at it

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        #4
        Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

        Congrats! Super fantastic!
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          #5
          Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

          This is very interesting to me. I've never seen this done. what a great idea. I think I'd like to do this for some of my table toppers on my list - I could use them for trivets or hot pads or whatever. Thanks so much for sharing - and btw - you did a great job!

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            #6
            Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

            It looks fantastic, wtg!
            ~ Anna ~

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              #7
              Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

              Good for you.Great that you are willing to try something new.It looks great to me
              Last edited by Lil Helen; February 15, 2014, 10:00 AM. Reason: missing words

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                #8
                Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                It sure doesn't look like a first attempt at a spiral to me! You did great!
                Lisa

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                A bad day in the sewing room is better than a good day at the office.

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                  #9
                  Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                  Someone posted a link about "design wall" (Klasien I think).. this link had the most wonderful modern quilts and a tutorial about spiral quilting....B
                  "Each day well-lived and Happy;
                  that's all there is to Life!"

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                    #10
                    Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                    Looks great, I love the spiral quilted quilts.

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                      #11
                      Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                      Looks great! I'll just add that there is a quilting bar you put on your walking foot that allows you to sew farther apart. I bought one but I'll practice like you did
                      🌺 Lorie

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                        #12
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                        Wow. I can't believe this is your first go at it. I wish my practice FMQ looked as good as yours. Great job.
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                          #13
                          Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                          Thank you all! I will say, I never knew that I could sew curves with a walking foot! I've never attempted to do anything other than a straight line stitch so this is awesome for me...a person who has never been able to master FMQ. I just pulled out more practice sammiches and I made a spiral flower and...drum roll...some curvy leaves! Oh, the places I can go! There is a class at the QS where I purchased Juju on May 9th (too long to wait!) that is all about thread drawing. I'm signed up! Who knows, I may be able to say that I'm a quilter one day

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                            #14
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                            Soooo pretty. You do not look like a beginner
                            Shelley

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                              #15
                              Re: Keep Calm and Spiral On!

                              Debbie-HDWench took a simple quilt pattern to a whole new level by spiral quilting her Iron Quilter entry, and came out among the top 6. It looks very time consuming but interesting!

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