The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 274 - Double Matrix

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 274 - Double Matrix

With well over 250 designs, there are days that I will sit down with my design books on my lap and just flip through, searching for inspiration in past designs. Sometimes a design will pull on my brain and a question will pop into my mind, another "what if..." for me to follow.

Recently I was wondering if some designs could be doubled, literally stitching the design within itself. The best possible place to start would be Matrix, so here is Double Matrix:

free motion quilting | Leah DayYes, this looks a lot like Psychedelic Checkerboard, but the designs are quite different. Rather than filling every wiggly box in this Matrix grid, I only fill every other one, which makes it faster and a bit easier to stitch.


Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Concentrate first on covering your quilting space with Matrix. You'll want to leave at least 1/2" between the lines of quilting (4-5 inches for a bed quilt) in the first grid so you can wiggle in to double the design. Then after the space is covered, travel stitch into every other square to fill it with more Matrix on a smaller scale.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. You're working from one edge of your quilting space to another with this design, so it's going to work best in areas you can either stitch all over, ignoring the piecing lines, or in narrow areas like sashing or borders.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. This has a pretty clear horizontal or vertical texture, but when stitched densely it's going to flatten out the area you place it in. It would be interesting to see if you stitched one set of grids on the diagonal. I wonder what that would do for the texture?!

Suggestions for Use - I'm intrigued to see what this design would look like behind one of my goddesses, or in the land part of a landscape quilt. The flat, grid-like texture will be really interesting to play with in unusual places!

Back of Double Matrix
free motion quilting | Leah Day
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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