Custom quilting can be a challenge and applique detail is at the top of that list. Most flowers and leaves will benefit from some quilting to hold them in place and make them look more natural. I also love dropping in a little surprise here and there in the background, as in the little garden whimsy pattern pictured here.
Take a few minutes to look at all of the pattern groups here, especially the flower petal lines that work with the Fill function.
If you have a custom applique quilt to work on, these detail patterns will make your job easier. Have fun, Anita
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Point to Point Leaf Veins
During a recent class on Point to Point, I showed how simple it is to quilt vein lines into appliqued leaves. It doesn't matter what angle the leaves are placed on the quilt, if the pattern is drawn to work P2P, the vein lines will drop right in.
Now with our resizing handles, plus Stretch, Divide, and Nodes, this type of pattern can easily be adjusted to fit almost any applique.
The first set of leaf veins shown below includes a variety of straight vein lines which will complement a folk art look.
Please note: the leaf outlines are only suggestions and are not part of the patterns.
Leaf Veins Straight
The curves and double curves below have a soft look to them and should work in almost any situation. The first six curved styles include R and L variations, so study the curve of your leaf and choose what fits best. Or, flip the pattern to see how it fits that way.
Leaf Veins Curved
Here's a set I consider Traditional shapes. They're the type of leaves found in traditional 19th century style applique.
Study the leaf shapes on the quilt you are working on and then compare them to the outlines shown here. With a little stretching and squeezing, you should be able to create and save a .csq to fit those shapes.
And setting them into place P2P couldn't be easier!
Leaf Veins Traditional
For those times when you need a more natural looking leaf vein, here's a variety which includes, oak, maple, redbud, gingko, sunflower, grape and a few others. Again, a reminder that these patterns are vein lines only and do not include the outline of the leaf itself.
Leaf Veins Natural
And for those funky, non-traditional quilts, this set will add a playful look.
Leaf Veins Non-Traditional
Use this collection of patterns to add details to flower centers, a variety of vein lines to flower petals, or texture to whole flowers.
Please note: pattern lines are in black; red lines represent applique shapes.
Simple shapes can add texture to flower centers.
Flower Center Four Loops
Flower Center Four Feathers
Flower Center Pinwheel
Flower Center Pumpkin Seed
This group of patterns will quilt both a center circle and the petal vein lines on simple, single fabric flower appliques.
Flower Sample 1
Flower Sample 2
Flower Center and Lines 3
Flower Center and Lines 3 Curved
Flower Center and Lines 5
Flower Center and Lines 5 Curved
Flower Center and Lines 6
Flower Center and Lines 6 Curved
This group of patterns can be used to add detail to a flower center or to add texture to a full flower shape.
Flower Detail 6 Petals
Flower Center 6 Petals
Sample - Flower Center 6 Petals in Hex
Flower Detail 8 Petals
Flower Detail Hex Star
Flower Center 8 Petals
Flower Center 8 Loops
Flower Center Radiating CSQ Statler Stitcher Only
Flower Center Radiating Curved CSQ Statler Stitcher Only
Flower Center Simple Spiral
Flower Center Ruffled Spiral
Flower Center Large Spiral
Flower Detail Spiral Dahlia
For variety, extend a pattern beyond the center and partially fill the petals.
Flower Petal Veins
This group of patterns offers two exciting possibilities.
Quilt them as is, like the patterns above, to add a small center and petal vein lines to appliqued flowers.
Patterns cropped with Fill Outside
If the flower has an appliqued center that you want to emphasize, use these patterns.
By using the Fill Outside function to eliminate part of the lines in the center, the remaining pattern will quilt SID around the center and add vein lines to the petals. This is an especially good trick for making the pattern fit around an irregularly shaped center.