The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 209 - Venn Diagram

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 209 - Venn Diagram


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

So today is Totally Filler Tuesday and I've been playing with variations of a very early design.

Broken Glass was a design I came up with at the very beginning of the project thanks to an inspiriting X-Men comic book. Now let's quilt it again, but this time instead of straight lines and sharp angles, let's stitch circles!

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Guess what?! Last night I realized I'd completely finished 24 pages of From Daisy to Paisley, the beginner filler photo book! The book is going to be around 73 pages long, so that's 1/3 of the way finished!

Today I'm going to spend the day stitching out more designs and shooting new videos. I'm planning a really fun series of videos to start next week to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of this blog.

But in order to get the videos shot, I really need to finish the quilts! I'm off to go cut and piece...


Inspiration - Do you remember working with Venn Diagrams back in 3rd grade? Maybe not, but the same overlapping circular shapes really do make a neat free motion design.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design might look complex from the photo, but it's actually very easy to stitch. The hardest thing will be travel stitching to get to the next area to stitch a circle, but if you take your time it's really not hard at all.

Design Family - Overlapping. I think this is a design type that needs a little more attention and more designs created for it. Because it's so simple and free form, really any shape can be stitched and overlapped to create a new design!

Directional Texture - No Direction. When you stitch this over an area, there's really no particular direction that the filler moves your eye to.

Suggestions for Use - Just like with Broken Glass, I think Venn Diagram would be a terrific bed quilting filler design to use on a quick baby quilt. If you stitched this on dark fabric, like navy blue, with white thread, the high contrast would be sure to attract a newborns attention.

I once stitched a blanket for a friend and was later told that the baby would lay happily on the blanket for an hour just staring at the many shapes and totally mesmerized by the movement. Maybe I should have called that quilt the Zone Out Quilt!

Back of Venn Diagram
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Feel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

7 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post & video, as I enjoy all of your insights. But, I must admit that it is really difficult to watch given your site has audio music and I want to listen to the narrative of your video. They conflict in the enjoyment of being an active follower.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcal.blogspot.com

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  2. I certainly do remember working with ven diagrams in elementary school. Great inspiration! And this is one design I think I might be able to grasp. Congratulations on making great progress on your book!

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  3. Hi SewCalGal - I'm really not sure what you were watching, but I don't have any audio music on the site or the videos.

    Maybe you had another browser open?

    Cheers,

    Leah

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  4. UPDATE...update...update... on new machine please. :-) Inquiring minds are being teased to death each day when no more mention of it since what seems like forever! LOL

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  5. LOL Jo Jo! The update is coming I promise! I just really wanted to have a chance to put the Horizon through her paces before writing about it.

    But for the record - I absolutely love this machine!

    Cheers,

    Leah

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  6. I like this one, but if you decide to include it on a future DVD, the title should be corrected to "Venn Diagram."

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  7. LOL! Cheryl it is unfortunately way too late for that. That's a good lesson to always use Spell check before I publish something!

    Oh well...hopefully no one will hold my terrible spelling against me!

    Cheers,

    Leah

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