The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 175 - Loopy Flower

Monday, May 10, 2010

Day 175 - Loopy Flower

This design is also featured in the DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers, as well as the ebook From Daisy to Paisley.

One of the most wonderful things about paisley / pivoting designs is they can easily be used as petals in a flower!

Here's a quick variation of Loopy Paisley that stitches up into this beautiful Loopy Flower:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Whoa! I just did a head count and realized I'm working on 3 quilts at the same time: Lost in the Woods, Vase of Hibiscus Wholecloth, and Shadow Self!

While I normally don't do this, I'm actually really enjoying the variety having so many projects brings. If I feel like piecing, I go work on Shadow Self or Lost in the Woods, and I feel like quilting, I work on the wholecloth.

Having several projects going at once is actually helping me work faster rather than slower. I tend to get bogged down with perfection if I only have one quilt to work on.

So while I run upstairs to finish the filler quilting on the wholecloth, you sit back and enjoy learning how to quilt Loopy Flower:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Loopy Paisley really is not a super hard design, and the flower may even be easier to stitch because it's a little more regimented and less random than the all-over pivoting design.

Design Family - Center Fill. This design is started in the center of your quilting space and worked out. This makes for a design that will work great in open areas, like the center of a block.

Directional Texture - Center focused. Flower designs are so cheerful because they focus your attention right on them like a bulls-eye. Make sure to use this stitch where you want lots of attention!

Suggestions for Use - While I'm not big into flowers, nor am I a huge applique fan, I'm thinking of combining the two together to see what happens. Imagine giant appliqued flower shapes with Loopy Flowers stitched right in the middle!

Back of Loopy Flower
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. Sometimes having another project to turn to can help if you are having problems in one project or one part of a project. I find that trying to 'force' an issue ends up being a mistake and more work as a result - stepping back and diverting interest into something else helps. Just like when piecing or quilting (yip I've started FMQ on my domestic machine - something simple on a queen sized quilt, to get a feel) - if a thread or needle keeps breaking when you've been working for a while, I stop and leave it till the following day, clean the bobbin bed, replace the needle, oil etc and start afresh.

  2. Oh WOW, I love this design. Perfect for a plain block.


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