Florals are everywhere in quilting, from our fabrics to our free motion quilting. Part of the fun of floral designs is there is so much variety. You can create a completely different flower by making small changes to the shape of your petals. For this video tutorial, I created a rose or tulip inspired design for a border. Watch the video below to see how to quilt the boutonniere border!
How to Quilt the Boutonniere Border
The boutonniere border is a simple and elegant free motion quilting design. To quilt the boutonniere border, start in the middle of your border. Swoop down to your border’s base. Swoop back up to the top of your border then quilt a “v” shape. Swoop back down to your base. Now fill your rose with a little swirl or tendril. Continue quilting this same design along the length of your border.
The Boutonniere is Perfect for Borders and Blocks
In this video tutorial I showed how to quilt the boutonniere design in a border. But’s it’s also fabulous as an element in a block too! Take a look back at the July 2020 Quilted Joy Clubhouse meeting. During the How Would You Quilt It portion of our meeting, I shared my quilting plan for Jennifer’s Legendary Loves quilt. You’ll see I used the same rose shape from the boutonniere design within the blocks of Jennifer’s quilt! This single element will look beautiful in a variety of different areas in your quilt.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Now that you know how to quilt the boutonniere border, it’s your turn to give it a try! I would love to see your version of this design. You can share pictures of your quilts with me at the Quilted Joy Facebook page, tag me on Instagram, or join the community in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse!
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