It's time to quilt another heart themed design - English Ivy! Let's learn how to quilt this easy combination of hearts and Stippling on both a stationary home machine and longarm on a frame:
Tools and supplies from this quilting tutorial:
Tips for Free Motion Quilting English Ivy
English Ivy is a combination of Stippling and a doubled heart shape. So if you can already quilt Stippling, this design should be no problem for you!
Stippling is the universal connector for quilting. Because of the way this design wiggles independently around your quilting space, you can use it to connect any shape or motif you like.
Personally I find quilting hearts from the top (in the middle of the double hump) a little tricky. Not sure why - that's just the way my brain works!
So I have to really focus when I prepare to stitch the double heart English Ivy shape. I stitch Stippling, then form a little straight line, then stop and think. I might even take my finger and trace the shape I want to quilt.
You're also welcome to mark the design too! If you also struggle with quilting hearts from the top, consider marking the shape lightly on your quilt until you get the hang of it.
Where Should We Quilt English Ivy in Our Quilts?
Just like Heart Paisley we learned earlier this week, English Ivy is a very versatile design that can be quilted anywhere on your quilts.
You can shrink the design down to fill in the background or borders of art quilts. Or you can expand the distance between the lines and cover bed quilts and throws. I think English Ivy would be very cute quilted over a baby quilt border with the hearts flowing into the center of the quilt. Pretty!
There's no limit to where you can use English Ivy in your quilts. Where do you plan to quilt it?
Let's go quilt,