Friday, March 7, 2014

New Scrollwork Freehand Border Design

What a difference a few days can make. The snow is gone and we had a beautiful sunset last evening.

 
 
This week I got to work on a quilt that left lots of open spaces and begged for a special outer border since the fabric read as a solid.



When I realized that doing a simple freehand scroll wasn't enough for the outer border...I decided to do an echo on both sides and this is what I came up with. So happy with the result! Easy too!!

First pass - consider a center section and keep about an inch or less away from both sides of the border (horizontal straight lines in (crude) illustration below), stitching a scroll on the outside of the section and coming back towards the line on the inside. This lets you cross the line to continue instead of sometimes maybe not hitting it.


Second pass (in blue)--echo on the inside doing a wave into the open side of the scroll and then just a pivot point at the next large open area.







Third pass (in green)--echo on the outside doing a wave into the open side of the scroll and then just a pivot point at the next large open area.

Completed illustration (tried to turn all the stitching into black lines) --ignore the straight horizontal lines...those were guides.
 
Here is a video trying to also demonstrate it.
video


Curious what people use to create digital illustrations of quilting motifs. Ideas?

1 comment:

  1. Looks easy. 3 passes to make, lots of ideas swirling around in my brain. Thanks for sharing the video.

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