The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 292 - Deco Planks

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 292 - Deco Planks

Last weeks Monster Teeth design was very simple and a great example of a design that can be changed, or filled, to create an entirely new design. Here's a fun variation filled with simple triangles to become Deco Planks:

free motion quilting | Leah DayArt Deco art really intrigues me and I wanted to know if any other quilters felt the same way. Turns out there are a couple books that combine quilting and art deco!

Beautiful Quilts: Art Deco: Making Classic Quilts & Modern Variations - This looks like a good book to get both traditional quilting designs AND Art Deco inspiration. I really love the Dresden Plate quilt on the cover!

Design Art Deco Quilts: Mix & Match Simple Geometric Shapes - This book was recently published by C&T and I've seen it in a lot of advertisements later. On Amazon, a lot more pages of this book were shared and you can get an idea of the design process the author is teaching. It's definitely different and should produce some really interesting quilts!

This design was sponsored by the Isacord Thread Set. Get 12 beautiful colors of Isacord and see the difference this beautiful thread can make on your quilts!

Difficulty Level - Advanced. Quilting Deco Planks is a great way to practice stitching straight lines and sharp angles! Start by quilting Monster Teeth, then go inside and fill each rectangle with triangle points. Keep the triangles short and simple so the design stays under control and you're lines are easy to keep straight.

Design Family - Edge to Center. Working from the edges of your quilt into the center can create some really interesting textures on your quilts. Generally these designs will work best in areas like Sashing and Borders, but you could easily use them to fill whole quilt blocks. Experiment and have fun!

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. Deco Planks is going to stand out boldly on the surface of your quilt because of the darker thread texture the triangles create. Definitely put it somewhere it can show off and won't compete with your other design or fabric elements.

Suggestions for Use - How about an Art Deco tablerunner? Simple shapes, beautiful fabrics, and amazing free motion quilting can combine to make one knock out table decoration!

Back of Deco Planks
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel 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


  1. Looks like you have linked the 2 books you mentioned to the same url. Or have I misread your post?

    Love the pattern. I too love Art Deco. Since our house was built in 1930, this style goes well with it.

  2. I love Art Deco and would love to see more quilting designs in that style :)

  3. Monica, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have fixed the hyperlink. Sorry about that!


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