The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 10 - Sashiko Shell

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day 10 - Sashiko Shell

For day 10, we're going to take a trip to the past, my past to be precise! When I first got started quilting, I loved Sashiko, or Japanese style quilting.

Sashiko is different from the typical quilting you see in America because the emphasis is on the lines of quilting stitches. Instead of hiding stitches in the ditch, Sashiko stitches are usually a contrasting color and definitely stitched to show!

Today's free motion filler stitch was inspired by a traditional Sashiko quilting stitch:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

In Sashiko quilts, stitches are usually 1" or more apart, so fillers are usually not stitched this densely. Because it's so tight, you don't have to perfectly space and stitch it like traditional Sashiko. This gives the filler a more organic look, almost like rattlesnake skin!

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Inspiration - Sashiko quilting! This was a huge source of inspiration for me when I first started quilting because, even in the beginning, the idea that the quilting makes the quilt was definitely something I believed in.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. Keep your shapes as consistent or inconsistent as you want. It really doesn't matter with this filler because it all receeds into the background.

Design Family - Stacking.

Directional Texture - No directions. This is a background filler like stippling or pebbling. There's nothing much for your eyes to catch on, so this would be a terrific filler to place where you don't want a lot of movement or distraction.

Suggestions for Use - Backgrounds can be easily filled with this stitch! Other uses include rattlesnake skin, centers of flowers, and small tight areas that just need a little stitching to finish off, like the insides of Celtic knots.
Back of Sashiko Shellfree motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off!

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

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