The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 52 - Spider Web

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Day 52 - Spider Web

Remember Poinsettia and Flame Flower? I really enjoyed both of those center filled designs and definitely plan to design more. As soon as I started thinking of shapes that work from the center-out, I thought of the most popular of all - a Spider Web!

free motion quilting | Leah DayI guess I'm in another holiday mood because today's design is definitely going to be a hit in all your Halloween inspired quilts.

Inspiration - Spider webs, apart from being one of the most iconic Halloween designs around, are also currently taking over my house!

In case you're wondering how it is that I manage to work on this blog, shoot videos, design more designs, and take care of a 2 year old, the answer is simple: I don't clean, I don't cook, and I don't shop!

My wonderful husband takes care of all of those details of daily living and ensures that I usually leave the house with my hair combed and the shoes on the right feet, but either he's not picky to do anything about the cobwebs in the corners, or I've just got better eyesight to notice them.

Design Family - Center Fill. This is stitched from the center of your space to the outside so this design would work in nice open spaces and certainly in the center of black 4" squares for a spooky, Halloweeny effect.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Despite how intricate this looks, it's actually fairly easy to stitch! The biggest challenge with this design will be filling in the concave lines in between the web lines, but if you take your time, this really isn't that hard.

Definitely give it a try even if you're just getting started free motion quilting!

Directional Texture - All Directions and Center Focused. This design really gives off an amazing center focused texture that just makes your hands itch to touch it.

Suggestions for Use - Definitely use this design in the cornerstones of large sashing or circles in circle quilts. You really want to let it show off by giving it enough space to really look flashy.

Back of Spider Web
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Of course! But I never would have thought of that! Love it!

  2. ¡Hello! I read about you in the quilters gallery news letter, and I´m very impressed with your work, I was wondering if I can link to your blog in mine, most of my followers speak spanish, but I think your videos are universal, very visual and well explained, and I´m sure they will learn of them as much as I do. Either way I want to congratulate you, and since now I'm following your blog.

  3. Wow, very easy once you know how! A similar process could be used for a nautilus shell, I think. Will enjoy browsing the rest of your blog.

  4. Love it! Your DH sounds like a keeper!

  5. Love love love this one. I'm getting ready to quilt a baby quilt I just finished and am going to go through all of your designs.
    Thank you so much for doing this. (I said that already a while back - but omgosh - this is such a great resource!)

  6. I am loving your blog and wanted to let you know. I've been telling all my friends and I know that they are checking this out. Congrats on 50!

  7. Spooktacular design. Love it. Very creative!

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. I have a question for you-- when you do your free motion quilting do you use the foot pedal to control the speed of your stitches or do you use your on/off button? I have been doing mine with the on/off button, but that means I have to take one hand off the fabric to stop the machine or to slow it down and sometimes that causes problems. Just wondering how a pro handles that?
    Love these quilting designs. Thanks for this great resource.

  9. Hi Laura - Yes, that's perfectly fine! The more links the better.

    Gale - I don't use a stitch regulator, just my regular foot pedal.

    If you do have to push a button, see about moving it to where you can hit it with your elbow maybe?

    I can't imagine how hard that is! Consider switching back to your regular pedal. It might take some time to get used to, but at least you would have control again.

    Let's go quilt!

    Leah Day

  10. I really love this one, wish I had seen this one before I quilted my Little miss muffett block, congrats on 50 I love this blog!!

  11. This is a gorgeous design - I'm going to make a quilt just to use it!!

  12. Nice web, but Your mom shops at Vic's Secret!?!Holy Cow you must be young! Then I checked your profile and YOU ARE incredibly young. How lucky to have all this talent at your age. Thanks for sharing. I wish I'd started quilting at your age. Whenever I meet someone who says "as soon as I retire I want to start quilting" I do whatever I can to encourage them to start, like, NOW!! This is such a cool project you're doing - gotcha on my sidebar.

  13. I'm just starting to learn to sew and aspire to be able to do things like this. (I love stuff like this *g*) Can I ask if it's not to personal a question why you wear gloves? Does it help? (Trying to accumulate tips here)

    Bookmarking this page to come back and try when I'm a bit more experienced :) Thank you.

  14. How cool would this be in glow-in-the-dark thread!!

  15. Hi! I was wondering about uniformity... Is this one giant web on a quilt or a bunch all over the quilt? As it stands I don't have blocks, it is a strip quilt I'm working on, and I was wondering how I could incorporate this!


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