The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 285 - Storm of Palms

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 285 - Storm of Palms

It's always fun to play with different designs and see what can happen when you change things up a bit. Today I'm fiddling with Paisley and seeing what happens when you start this design with a simple palm tree shape, then pivot and echo it many times:

free motion quilting | Leah DayI think this is going to be the perfect design for a beach or summer themed quilt! Try quilting it around simple appliqued seashell shapes, or in the sashing and borders of your next summertime quilt.

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Difficulty Level - Intermediate. The hardest thing about this design is stitching the palm trees at the beginning of each design segment. There's a lot of travel stitching involved here so just take your time and stitch carefully in these areas so you stay right on your line of quilting.

Design Family - Pivoting. You really could stitch this design either as a Pivoting or an Echoing Design. Here I've quilted it as a Pivoting design, first creating the shape then pivoting off the starting point and echoing the palm tree many times.

Directional Texture - All Directions. You can beat this swirling, flowing texture! Play with making your starting palm trees very wiggly or very straight and see what this does to the texture of the design.

Suggestions for Use - Even though you could probably squish this design into some pretty tight or complex areas, I think Storm of Palms is going to look better in the open, uncomplicated areas of your quilt. Try it around simple appliqued shapes, over open blocks, or in the borders of your next quilt.

Back of Storm of Palms
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel Free to use this free motion filler design 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. Question: Why did you switch from seven fonds to 5 fonds? What did you not like about them?

  2. Mimi - I doubt I was thinking about it that much actually! Less fronds flow a bit easier which is probably why I dropped 2.

    Often I'll try stitching one area a few different ways before finding the way that works best. Once it gets on a real quilt, no one is going to count the fronds!



  3. You have a very nice design Leah!


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