The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 17 - Matrix

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 17 - Matrix

Today's free motion quilting design is so easy, but beautiful I'm kicking myself for not creating it sooner!
free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DayAs complex as it looks, Matrix is only created with overlapping lines. It's as easy as stitching cross hatch grid, only instead of worrying about keeping your lines perfectly straight, all you have to worry about it keeping them an equal distance apart. Very Easy!

free motion quilting | Leah DayInspiration: I really love to do grid quilting in the open areas of wholecloth quilts like my Duchess (image to the right). Suddenly I thought "Can't I do this without marking?" but I kept wondering about the lines getting all wobbly with no marked lines.

Then I had the brainwave to make the lines wiggly on purpose! It's amazing what a simple concept can create.

Difficulty Level: Beginner. How hard is it to stitch parallel wiggly lines?

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture: Both all directions and none. This filler does add a lot of directional texture, but because it's so consistent (i.e. the lines are equal distance apart) it's also very flat and can easily recede into the background.

Suggestions for Use: Background areas could easily be filled with this design in no time, It would also look terrific over appliqued flowers and vines.

Back of Matrixfree 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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Happy Quilting!

Leah Day


  1. I also really love this one. I tried it, and it came out pretty nice... I still need practice, but it's straightfoward and looks great.

  2. Use your free motion foot as a reference guide. Instead of looking at your needle, watch the edge of your foot and line it up with your previous lines of stitching.

    This works great if you're new to echoing!


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