The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 91 - Fossil Bed

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 91 - Fossil Bed

So we were able to combine tree roots and circles for Sprouting Seeds yesterday. Now let's combine Slinkie texture and Peppermint Candy to create Fossil Bed!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This design combination takes two simple, graphic designs, and combines them together for one outstanding texture!

Now let's learn how to stitch Fossil Bed:

Inspiration - I've really just been playing with a lot of combination designs lately. I figure, if 2 designs can stand on their own, they can probably work together nicely too.

It actually reminds me of a Kirby's Dream Land Video game where the character can gain different skills by swallowing different enemies. When you swallow two enemies, you get a combo of their skills. Pretty cool, huh?

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This is a tricky design, but I honestly think it's easier to quilt when you place it in a circle like this. Just keep your shapes consistent and have fun with it! 

Design Family - Stacking. This is definitely a unique design because the way you create the shapes is a bit different from all the other designs. I think this will work nice in big, open areas of your quilt, but probably not as well in tight areas. 

Directional Texture - All Directions. The fossil beds are really attention getting! Be careful to fill the weird areas around the circular shapes with spirals so that the design keeps a nice consistent look.

Suggestions for Use - Again, I think this would be a neat sashing design, especially in cornerstones. If you really wanted to show off, you could also stitch it as your quilt background, but keep in mind that it's fairly time consuming!

Back of Fossil Bed
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. You are amazing!!!I love your posts and your videos-they are inspiring and I have been so much more confident in machine quilting myself. I love the sound of your voice and machine-you really are giving so much more info than any book or class I've ever seen. Thank you so much!! BRING IT!!!!! May God bless you this Thanksgiving for your sharing with all of us!

  2. Love you posts and your videos. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas with us. This is the greatest asset I have seen to quilters so far-better than any book or class. May God bless you for your generosity this Thanksgiving!

  3. I love this design Leah. I think I may just have the perfect wallhanging to use it with

  4. WOW, I've found a new blog to follow, you do great work ! !

  5. Love the way this looks, Leah! I don't know that I could do it, at least at this point in my quilting career, but I will come back to it. Enjoyed Josh's cooking show too! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  6. I just found your blog. I am a new quilter / blogger / podcaster and I haven't done a ton of free motion quilting. Your blog is SO incredibly inspirational. I keep looking at all these "traditional designs & stencils" that are surrounding me and while good, I am making up my own quilting piecing designs as I go. I should be able to do free motion quilting without patterns too. I would like to mention your blog in my podcast and blog if you would give me permission. I am glad you found Annie Smith recently - she has been an inspiration for a lot of us - including me. Check out the other podcasters too there are several different styles of podcasts out there!

    My new blog and podcast:

  7. This is really a pretty quilting design!

    Your new kitchen will be wonderful!!

  8. Oh Leah - what another stunner

  9. I've been lurking and following your project but I had to comment on this one. I don't know what it is, but I love this one! I'm a rank
    beginner, but I might just have to try this one! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful designs with us.


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