Quilting Folk Art Roses Free Motion Treadle

Quilting Folk Art Roses Free Motion Treadle

Roses have always been a favourite flower for me.  In the past I have painted these naive Folk Art designs and I think they continue to have appeal. The challenge for free motion quilting is to create a free flowing continuous line design.  This can be done in a realistic perspective, but it’s also a fun design to make the more stylised Folk Art design.

That’s what I decided to do for this quilt. It’s an enjoyable design to do for FMQ and for scrap quilts. It can be done as an overall design.

This is how I did it.

As always, I will draw out the design on paper. I will practice drawing it until it becomes an easy memory. Then I will go to the machine to make a  practice piece.

Once I’m satisfied that the machine is performing correctly the I will start on the quilt proper.

Here are the steps.

Today I’m quilting on a Singer 201k treadle C1947 treadle.  I was surprised how easily this machine adapted to FMQ.

Singer 201K Treadle C1947 

It was not necessary to drop the feed dogs. I fitted a simple low shank darning/ embroidery foot. Using gloves is essential.

Here is a closer picture of the roses.

Scrap quilts are excellent to practice free motion quilting on. After all, mostly it will be adding texture to the quilt.

Thiis is the Antique Tile Baby Quilt which I’m finishing.

On the Tiles Baby Quilt 

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Have a great day!

2 thoughts on “Quilting Folk Art Roses Free Motion Treadle”

  1. Hi Susie. I’ve just discovered your blog, which is delightful. Your old machines are gorgeous. I have my grandmothers 1928 singer and an early White, which is in a very ornate cabinet. The timber is quite dry. Is there any chance you could share your recipe for your linseed oil conditioner,so that I can give it some TLC. Thanks in advance.

    1. Dear Janice, thank you! Your machines sound beautiful! I use a 50/50 mix of pale boiled linseed oil and mineral turpentine. You need to use the boiled linseed oil as it will dry nicely. If you use the unboiled, the surface will remain sticky. Use a lint free cloth and apply to the timber rubbing in circular motions to remove excess. If the piece is soiled, begin with a mix of 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 pale boiled linseed oil and one third mineral turpentine. Rub on with a lint free cloth. Repeat with a clean cloth. Repeat steps until you have the desired effect. All the best.

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