The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 48 - Pointy Paisley

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 48 - Pointy Paisley

This design is also featured in the DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers, as well as the ebook From Daisy to Paisley.



Another variation question for you: what do you get when you quilt Paisley with sharp points? Pointy Paisley!

free motion quilting | Leah DayThanks to my post on Filler Design Theory, the variation ideas are coming out of the woodwork!

Once you decide how you want a design to be formed (i.e: pivot design like paisley or stacking design like pebbling) you can create a million variations just by changing the core shape.

Think of all the shapes this paisley design can be based on: triangles, diamonds, hearts, circles, stars, trees, etc. I bet I could take a whole month to come up with just variations of Paisley alone!


Inspiration - I've been finding the greatest inspiration for new designs not from quilting magazines or books, but from Better Homes and Gardens!

I only subscribed for the home renovation ideas and recipes, but I love the amazing number and variety of stitches I can come up with from looking at home decor and food.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Really if you can paisley, you can master Pointy Paisley pretty easily.

Design Family - Pivoting. Paisley variations like this Pointy Paisley is created in the same core way: start with an initial design, then echo that design always returning to your original starting point.

This creates a nice amount of thread play where the design starts and adds to the texture of this filler. Because it's a pivot design, this will work just as well in small areas as it will in large ones.

Directional Texture - All directions. You can move anywhere with this stitch and in any direction so it really provides a multi-directional texture.

Suggestions for Use - Definitely try this filler around quilting motifs and see how it will look around feathers. I think the contrast between the sharp angles of Pointy Paisley and the smooth angles of feathers would look really cool.

Back of Pointy Paisley
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

8 comments:

  1. Leah: I love the layered look of the Pointy Paisley. It's so elegant!

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  2. Leah, I think this one is my favorite so far. I love the appearance. Lane

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  3. So do I, as Hope said: the layered look makes it really cool

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  4. Leah, my hat off for your wonderful work and inexhaustable ideas. Can't wait to see what comes next. Lily

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  5. Thanks for doing 365 Days! I have a question about your open toe presser foot. Did you cut part of it off? It looks more open than mine and I can see much better what you are sewing.

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  6. Brilliant and beautiful at the same time!

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  7. Love your quilting motifs. I also love your advice. I promise, I will practice more!

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