The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 182 - Angle Spiral

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 182 - Angle Spiral

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

You know the easiest way to make a variation out of a design? Stitch it in sharp angles!

Here's a version of Basic Spiral stitched in sharp angles and straight lines:

free motion quilting | Leah DayWhoo Hoo! I'm almost finished quilting the first layer of batting to Shadow Self. This is the layer of extra batting that will be clipped away to make special areas of the quilt super puffy.

Once the quilting is complete I'll then get to spend probably the next week or two doing my absolute favorite thing in the whole world: clipping the batting away.

I love this step so much I've considered offering to clip quilts for show quilters. It's tedious and meticulous, but for some reason I absolutely love every second.

Everyone has a favorite step in the quilting process. What is yours? Do you love to cut out the fabric pieces, or put them back together? Do you love the marking process or hand stitching applique? Share your favorite thing in the comments below!

The wonderful thing about this hobby is having so many different steps, options, techniques, and methods to choose from!

Inspiration - With only a glance at this project, you would probably be able to easily deduce that I love spirals and paisley designs. In my constant quest to find another spiral design to stitch, somehow I've overlooked stitching spirals in sharp angles.

Sitting at the kitchen table the other day I couldn't believe I'd missed this easy variation, but then again, with 182 designs, it's easy to forget which designs I've shared and which I've just doodled on paper!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. I honestly think Angle Spiral is easier to stitch than Basic Spiral because the sharp angles and straight lines are easier to keep consistent.

Design Family - Independent. This design is created by stacking the spiral shapes together so they fit together in a seamless fashion. Because of the way it's stitched, this design will definitely work in all areas of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. Due to the sharp angles, this design as a little flatter texture than Basic Spiral, but it's still a very nice, attention-getting design.

Suggestions for Use - This design will work great in just about any area of a quilt, but I'm planning to use it on a small scale within the dark shadow side of Shadow Self.

The sharp angles and straight lines will contrast nicely with the smooth, flowing curves of the opposite side.

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

Leah Day


  1. My favorite part of quilting is handing sewing the binding down to the back...not sure if it is because then it is done or that I get to RELAX while sewing it--I sit on the couch with one leg up on couch & the other ono the floor & the quilt over the leg on the couch. I have offered & done others at this point also.

  2. Hi Leah, I would love to see a video of how you clip out the batting to make it stand out. I'm not quite picturing it in my mind what you are doing. I would also like to see the next step you mentioned after that, how you layer the clipped batting with another layer to make it extra puffy. Can you make us a little video of this technique? Pleeeeze??? Thanks, Joni in Orlando.


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