The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 251 - Hot Candy

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 251 - Hot Candy

Growing up in a small town in NC, we had two theaters to choose from: the "expensive" theater at the mall with $2 matinees and $4 regular tickets or the super cheap theater that always cost $1.25 no matter what time of day you went. I wish I could find a place with prices like those these days!

One of my earliest memories of going to a theater also stands out because it was the first time I ever ate Hot Tamales, those awesome candies that are both hot and sweet at the same time.

I started thinking about those Hot Tamales the other day and wanted to see if they would work as a quilting design. I'm happy to say we now have Hot Candy!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I have to apologize for my croaky voice in this video. Mr. Mucus and Mrs. Snot have decided to take a vacation in my nose and throat and aren't budging.

One of these days I'm going to sit down and record several weeks worth of videos so when James decided to bring home a cold, it won't effect the flow of videos being posted. Getting ahead of myself - that should be #1 on my list of goals for this year!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is actually very easy and fun to stitch! Start with just a long, straight line, take a U-turn and come back to your starting line. Travel stitch a short distance and echo your long thin shape.

To create more Hot Candies, simply travel stitch and branch off in another direction. Easy as pie!

Design Family - Echoing. Hot Candy is fairly easy because it's created with a very simple set of rules: create the starting shape then travel and echo. Just memorize this simple rule and you'll be able to quilt Hot Candy anywhere on your quilt.

Directional Texture - All Directions. I think this design has a really interesting texture because it's mixing straight lines and slight curves. It's not super wiggly like Flame Stitch, but it's also not sharp and graphic like Lightning Bolt, but a nice balance between the two.

Suggestions for Use - Have you realized just how many candy inspired designs we have now? Hot Candy is also accompanied by Lollipop Chain and Peppermint Candy. Maybe I should make a whole quilt devoted to candy and chocolate? Hmmm...Sounds yummy!

Back of Hot Candy
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I just found your blog, and I love your quilting patterns! Thanks!

  2. Did I tell you this already? Rub mentholatum (or any menthol rub) on your feet top and bottom and put warm socks over them. It will clear your chest and nose.

    glen: that is Doctor Glen!

  3. I just found it also. I'm new to quilting and love your site! Can't wait to send picture of my finished project

  4. I'm new to quilting and love your site. Can't wait to send a picture of a finished project! Thanks!!


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