The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 136 - Curvy Turns

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 136 - Curvy Turns

Left Turn Right Turn was such a cool design, I decided we needed to try variation. The only difference between this design and the original is the swap of curvy lines for straight lines.

Maybe I should have called this one Curvy Left Turn, Right Turn, but that's quite a mouthful, so this one is just called Curvy Turns:

free motion quilting | Leah DayToday I'm going to start working on the hair section of My Cup Runneth Over. Just like the water section, I want to try something new with this part of the quilt.

What I'm wanting is to add an extra layer of batting within some locks of her hair to make them extra puffy. I also want to densely quilt some locks of hair so it creates more depth within this area.

In order to gauge what needs to be puffy and what needs to be flat, I'm going to take a leaf out of Pepper Cory's book and use clear upholstery vinyl to draw the design and lay it over the quilt to see what it looks like.

I'll make sure to bring the video camera down with me and talk you through the process of trapunto and planning the quilt design. Things are moving right along with this quilt and it's very exciting!

And speaking of exciting, I might just use this Curvy Turns design in the yellowish background of this quilt. Let's learn how to quilt it together:

Inspiration - Left Turn Right Turn was a very simple, geometric design. With this design I've tried to break up the rigid straight lines and angles and give it more movement with curvy lines.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This might look complicated, but it's still a fairly easy design. All you have to focus on is keeping your turns nice and wiggly!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is worked from one edge of your quilting space to the other in rows. The rows butt up against one another, creating the solid looking design.

Directional Texture - All Directions. Unlike Left Turn, Right Turn, this design has a nice, all over movement that's subtle enough to still be used in the background of your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - I'd use this design as a background filler in a very uncomplicated area. I wouldn't try to stick this design around a complicated motif, but the clean, smooth lines of My Cup Runneth Over will be no problem to stitch this around at all.

Back of Curvy Turns
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel 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 comment:

  1. I enjoy looking at your blog daily. I appreciate your quilting knowledge and your website is very helpful. I will pass this website on to all my quilting friends. Good luck to you and I want to wish you much success on this project.


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