The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 256 - Butterfly Filler

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 256 - Butterfly Filler

Ah! The sun is shining, a warm breeze is blowing, and a hint of spring is in the air! Outside Josh's chickens have boosted production and we're now getting an average of 3 eggs a day.

So let's celebrate this change of seasons with a filler design dedicated to a bug that seems to symbolize spring - the butterfly!

free motion quilting | Leah DayToday is a busy day recording and editing videos. I'm hoping to be able to get done quickly so I can head into the studio and baste Hot Cast.

When I'm not working on her, I'll be piecing up two new versions of Flower Bouquet! I'm rather addicted to this wallhanging and can't wait to see how it looks in another colorway.


Inspiration - I'm not usually big into butterflies or flowers. My nickname as a little kid was "grub worm" because I was a bit of a tomboy and hated anything too girly. Now I'm finding that flowers, butterflies, and especially pink can be cute and cheerful in the right quantities!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design really isn't very difficult. Just keep a very cartoony butterfly shape in your mind and then echo that shape to fill your quilting space. The hardest areas will be those weird areas where a butterfly won't fit, so either chop one in half or just stitch some curvy lines into the area to keep the design consistent.

Design Family - Echoing. Echoing designs all start with a simple shape (in this case the butterfly) and then build off of it with space filling echoes. Feel free to use this design on a large or small scale and in any area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All Directions. Because of the echoes, this design has a nice flowing texture. The butterfly shapes will stand out on this design so keep that in mind when you use it.

Suggestions for Use - Yesterday with Falling Stars I imagined using that design on a space quilt for my son James. I guess I have kid quilts on the brain because today I think Butterfly Filler would look terrific on a quilt for a little girl.

I have one such little girl, the daughter of my best friend, who needs a quilt of her very own. I'm thinking a purple and green quilt with this design stitched over the center and Spiral Chain along the borders. It's sure to be a simple, but beautiful quilt and perfect for any little princess!

Back of Butterfly Filler
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts
and send in a picture to show it off!

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

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