The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 233 - ZAP! Flower

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 233 - ZAP! Flower

It's a wet, windy day here in NC and I'm already starting to miss the pretty flowers and bright sunshine of the summer.

But we can still enjoy those fun flower shapes with a new free motion quilting design! Here is ZAP! Flower:

free motion quilting | Leah DayI've started playing with a new quilt design to combine all of my free motion flower designs with applique. I'm planning to hand applique the quilt blocks because I love having small handwork projects to take with me around the house and when we travel during the holidays.

This has given me an excuse to play with even more Center Fill Designs! Expect to see a lot more flower shapes coming up in the next few weeks.

Now let's learn how to quilt Zap! Flower:


Inspiration - I've been looking back at certain shapes or lines that I don't use very often. Jagged, zig zaggy lines have been used a bit in Jagged Cosmos, Jagged Plain, Matrix Maze and Lightning Bolt, but I don't think I've really pushed the full limits of what they can do!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. For some reason when I got started free motion quilting I really didn't like straight lines and sharp angles. I found them really distracting and therefor difficult to get into a good quilt flow with.

With time and more practice, I can now quilt these types of designs easily. So definitely try this out and even if it doesn't work easily the first time around, make sure to come back to it after you've quilted a few quilts and see how it feels then.

Design Family - Center Fill. Most flower designs are center fill, which mean they start in the center and work out. Now in my stitched example, I filled the entire 4" block with Zap! Flower, but you don't have to do this.

If you'd like the design to have a more obvious flower shape with the petals very clearly showing off, then don't continue to fill in all the extra lines around the flower. Instead pick another design to fill in the background and the flower will show up much better!

Directional Texture - Center Focused. The weird thing about straight lines and sharp angles is they really flatten out the texture of whatever they are stitched on. That makes this particular flower design a little less showy than Loopy Flower or Layered Flower.

Suggestions for Use - I'm planning on using this flower in the place of a flower applique, but you could also use it in the cornerstones or whole blocks of a quilt. If you want your flower to take up a lot of space, start with a large, quarter sized circle, and then branch out with 10" zigzag petals. That's going to be one space filling flower, no doubt about it!

Back of Zap! Flower
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

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