The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 170 - Sixes Swirl

Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 170 - Sixes Swirl

I realized today that I better get a move on if I want to make my May 12th deadline to get to the halfway point of this project!

Here's another design playing with numbers. I managed to stitch the number 6 and not transpose it this time!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
With my computer work nearly done for the day, I'm heading upstairs to quilt a few more designs and maybe a bit of my latest wholecloth quilt.

I made a mistake of quilting part of a quilt with the wrong color thread and had to rip stitches out for more than 4 hours last night. Ugh!

I finally got it finished this morning and plan to get back on it this afternoon. Hopefully we won't have another thread color mistake like that again.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design looks very similar to Swirling Water, but is stitched based on the number 6, so I think it should feel a bit more natural to most people.

Design Family - Pivoting. This is an interesting design type because you first create the foundation of the #6 shape, then fill it with your spiral, then echo and pivot around it.

Whew! That sounds complex! Really, it's not that difficult, but it's an interesting combination of many different elements and, best of all, it can work in just about any area of your quilt!

Directional Texture - All directions. This is one super swirly design, so use it where you want loads of movement and texture over your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - This design makes me think of water or swirling currents of air, so maybe use it for the water or air in a landscape quilt.

Back of Sixes Swirl
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. This one looks like the blustery wind on cartoons...pretty cool.

  2. Isn't it amazing that ripping out take so much time? Like 2547 times more than sewing it in.....


  3. wow that would take me 3 years to make!

  4. I enjoy the Sixes Swirl filling. Iam following the instructions on the video you have provided. Before approaching the sewing machine, I am trying it out on paper first (using a pencil or pen)this way I get a feel of the shape and the motion...once I have a feel of it, should be interesting to try it on a sample quilt, and see how well I do.

  5. Excelente!!! espectacular trabajo, felicitaciones me encanta este blog. Saludos.


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