The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 6 - Echo Shell

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 6 - Echo Shell

This design is also featured in the ebook From Daisy to Paisley along with many other free motion designs from this project! Click here to learn more about our Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers DVD.

Today is day 6 and the free motion design I'd like to share is called Echo Shell. You may have seen a version of this before:
free motion quilting | Leah Day

free motion quilting | Leah DayThis difference between this filler and the typical echo half circle filler is that this is much more random. Notice how all the circles radiate out in different directions with different amounts of rays? This causes the filler to appear much more random and, at least in my opinion, more pleasing to the eye.

Here's an example of a less random Echo Shell:

free motion quilting | Leah DayInspiration - My wonderful hubby gifted me with "Quilts of Provence," a beautiful book on french Provence quilting. The cover displayed a quilt with a design that inspired this design.

Traditional echo shell has been around for hundreds of years as first a hand quilting stitch, then a machine quilting free motion stitch. Now placed in a random arrangement, echo shell is ready for the modern age!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. Because you have complete control over the direction and size of the shells, this is a pretty easy filler to learn.

Design Family - Echoing

Directional Texture - 3 directions. This is one filler that is very obvious where the starting line is because it grows from the bottom up or top down. This gives your filled space an appearance of going in 3 directions.

Suggestions for Use - Like yesterday with the Basic Spiral, this is a pretty dominate filler. It would look great as the sky in a simple landscape quilt. The echo shells have a bit of a Greek look to them, don't you think? Maybe a good idea for a tribute to the Odyssey!

Back of Echo Shell
Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers DVDFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Reminds me of the traditional Bishop's Fan done larger and as an all-over design on quilts of yester-year :).

  2. I used your echo shells on a mini I made. Here's the link to a photo!

  3. I just got Leah's blog today. She is BRILLIANT!!! This is exactly what I needed to help me and to give me ideas.
    Thanks Leah!


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