The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 289 - Lightning Pizza

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 289 - Lightning Pizza

Whew! We're almost into the middle of June and it is HOT! I'm not really complaining though because we've been getting thunderstorms and a short cooling rain shower.

And speaking of thunderstorms, remember Lightning Bolt? Let's try this design again, this time with a funky twist:

free motion quilting | Leah DayThis works a lot like Poseidon's Eye, only with triangles filled with Pebbling. After stitching it out, I looked at it and said "This makes me want to eat pizza!" It's fun, funky, and think how good it will look over a food inspired quilt!

Our design today is sponsored by one of my most important tools for free motion quilting, Machingers Quilting Gloves.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design is much easier when you learn it in stages.

So first stitch Lightning Bolt and get the hang of that design. Next try Heart Flow and get the hang of forming a shape to stitch around.

Now stitch Lightning Bolt again, but this time stitch an empty triangle at the end. Once that variation is no problem, then you're ready to fill each triangle with Pebbling to make pizza!

Design Family - Branching. These designs are formed by stitching a line, then echoing to build it up a few times. These designs can bend and twist around any obstacle, so they're a good choice for all areas of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All Directions. You really can't beat this funky texture! The pizzas are going to stand out more than the Lightning Bolt lines because of the denser stitching in these areas. Just keep that in mind when placing this in your quilts.

Suggestions for Use - I once saw an awesome crazy quilt using large scale food fabrics. I loved that quilt and always wanted to make a version of it. If I pieced it up now, I'd definitely quilt it with Lightning Pizza!

Back of Lightning Pizza
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. That's such a fun design! Thanks Leah for posting it!

  2. Haha!! I *love* the name!! And such a perfect one for a teen's quilt!!!! lolol

  3. Did somethingchange with the videos? I no longer get the "download this video" on the top of the video on your website or on youtube. I was using Realplayer to download. I checked the settings in the program and it is still set to ask. Thanks, Amy

  4. Amy - Hmm...Nope, I haven't changed anything with the videos on my end.

    I know YouTube recently changed the license so there's an option to have a creative commons attribution license, which I have been using, but I doubt that changes anything.

    You might want to check with realplayer since it's a third party software. Likely they will have an update and then everything will work properly again.



  5. This design had my laughing - lovely!


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