The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 234 - Spinning Daisy

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 234 - Spinning Daisy

Between our Thanksgiving sale and losing our dog Jinjo last week, things have been pretty weird around the house lately. I'm looking forward to getting things back to normal and especially getting the project back on track!

So let's move on with another awesome flower design:

free motion quilting | Leah DaySpinning Daisy was inspired by Super Daisy, one of my favorite designs. I started wondering what would happen if the daisy was twisted, or spun around, elongating the petals and making them swirl around the center.

Finally I realized that that was basically turning the petal shapes into feathers, so really you can look at this design as another feathering design too!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This isn't an extremely difficult design, but it can be tricky to line up the ending petals with the beginning petals so the design swirls seamlessly. In a pinch, mark the starting and ending lines so that way the whole design comes together easily.

Design Family - Center Fill. Spinning Daisy is created by starting in the center of your quilting space and quilting out to the edges. You can keep this design in a circular shape if you're just creating the flower, or you can travel stitch and fill in with more petals until the entire quilting space is filled.

Difficulty Level - Center Focused. This design has a very clear center focused texture which makes it a wonderful eye-catching design. Definitely use it somewhere you want to attract attention!

Suggestions for Use - I think this design would look terrific stitched into the center of a quilt. By building up the petals as feathers, you could easily take this one design and cover an entire quilt with it in the All Over Quilting style!

Back of Spinning Daisy
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. Yet again a beautiful design. You are one talented lady!
    It will take time to grieve Jinjo. Take care of yourself

  2. Great design. I had to immediately try drawing the design on paper. Many failed attempts. My daisy did not have the swirl effect until I drew out curvy reference lines for ALL of the petals. The cury lines were the stems of my feathers. I had been making them too straight. Another design to be added to my favorites notebook.

  3. Hi, I want to thank you for the inspirational video's and designs you make, just love them! I tried this spinning Daisy, must practice some, but it looks great already.


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