I’ll continue showing the Flutter Motif in this tutorial, but first I want to show it done two ways.Here I have stitched it with Feathers, Bananas and Lazy S’s. I used Radiance fabric, wool batting and Superior 100 wt. Kimono thread on both of the samples.Here it is stitched with just Bananas and Lazy S’s. I am surprised with the results: I like this one better than the one that includes Feathers-who knew?
I will illustrate the Flutter Motif here using just the two designs I showed in Part 1 of this tutorial: Bouncing Bananas and Lazy S’s, like the photo above.Let’s start out with a Lazy S (er, guess that’s a backwards Lazy S!).Double back upon the first, reflecting it’s curve.Continue on by nesting 4 Lazy S’s. By the way you may choose 2 or 3 S’s! Now it’s time to travel into another Lazy S. It looks best if the new Lazy S starts somewhere around the middle-ish of the first, at an angle.Finish out that set of Lazy S’s. Now let’s travel into the angle made by the two Lazy S motifs and start an area of Bouncing Bananas.Continue bouncing until you “fill” the area to the top of one of the Lazy S’s.Now come off of that Banana and start another Lazy S.Finish up that Lazy S group.Now travel again, into the angle between the two Lazy S’s and start a group of Bouncing Bananas.Fill that space until you come to the top of one of the Lazy S’s.Let’s start another Lazy S! See how you are forming an area to “Banana” between the Lazy S’s? Who knew banana was a verb??Finish out that group of Lazy S’s.
Are you seeing the pattern? Lay down Lazy S’s until there is an area to fill. Then fill that area with Bouncing Bananas until you hit the top of one of the Lazy S’s. Then, start another Lazy S.We’re filling that gap between the Lazy S’s with Bouncing Bananas….until we hit the top of the Lazy S and we keep going on in this manner. I continued on and formed something like this.
You can really rock this kind of look if you use the right combination of batting, fabric and thread. Combine a fabric with a sheen (sateen, Radiance, etc.), with a very dimensional batting like wool. Then add 100 wt silk thread and your work will soar. It will be luscious and full of line and shadow-gorgeous!
You may want to combine Feathers, Bouncing Bananas and Lazy S’s like this:Just follow the numbers on the illustration to see my path. If you take it just one step at a time you can easily do this motif. If you are not yet proficient with Feathers, just use Bouncing Bananas and Lazy S’s-it’s just as beautiful!
If you want to use this in your quilts, take the time to get very comfortable on paper before you go to a practice sandwich. Then try it on a layered practice sandwich before putting it on your quilt. After that you will be confident when you unleash this beautiful motif on your own quilts!