The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 111 - Grapevine

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day 111 - Grapevine

Oh, I heard it through the grapevine! Lord I'm just about to lose my mind.

Sorry, but that song has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. Do you remember the California Raisin Commercials?

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and You Tube, we can always go back and watch these weird claymation commercials over and over!

And to celebrate this feel good song, here's Grapevine:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I had an awesome day yesterday watching Torchwood and got more than half of my binding finished. Today I'll finish the binding, finish washing all the new fabric, and start basting.

Watch out monster quilt tops - it's time to get quilted!

But before I run of to tackle all these new projects, let's learn how to quilt Grapevine first:

Inspiration - I was thinking about Frog Eggs the other day and realized that this stitch really had a lot more possibilities.

This is just a combination of stippling and pebbling, and it just goes to show that even the simplest combination can form several different designs all on its own!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really a very easy design because stippling is typically what quilters learn how to stitch first.

Just keep your pebbles in a consistent triangle shaped cluster and everyone will be able to see that they're grapes!

Design Family - Independent. Stippling is an independent design, meaning that it can fit into any space with no trouble. Combine this with pebbling, which is also a very versatile design and you can stitch this anywhere you like.

Directional Texture - No Direction. Stippling and pebbling are both very flat, directionless designs. Together they're a bit more attention getting, but the design will still work just about anywhere on your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - One of my favorite fabrics to collect was food fabrics when I first started quilting

I think Grapevine would look terrific stitched in the sashing or borders of this quilt. After all, it's food with food, right?

Back of Grapevinefree motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Lord I remember those commercials! They were adorable. I think there was actually a kids show featuring them too.

  2. I can so see this! Love it! Makes me want to rush out buy some purple fabric...

  3. Blast from the past! Yes, I do remember (and enjoy) the California Raisins in all their glory! Great job on your 365 design project. I'm a new longarm quilter and am loving your designs, attitude, and perseverance! Great job.

  4. Your samples are very inspiring and are tempting me to do a sampler quilt to try out all of them as well as the quilt-as-you-go method. Thankyou for your very helpful beginner tutorial. I began stippling yesterday and am confidently working on my first stippled project happily making only a few errors and getting better and better at my machine control. Thankyou again.

  5. Your work always inspires me. I love the grapes so much I linked to them from

    Very warm regards,
    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilt Editor, Craft Gossip

  6. This is great! I love video tutorials, especially for beginners. I just clicked over from Craft Gossip and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  7. I hand sew and loved to watch you create your intricate designs on the video. Wow! It first caught my eye because my music group sang Grapevine last year and I am just finishing up a wall hanging which I named...."Heard it Through the Grapevine".

    I think your winter wonderland quilt is a beauty as well.


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