The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 299 - Delicate Petal Flower

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 299 - Delicate Petal Flower

Whew! We’re finally back from Knoxville and getting everything sorted out. Let’s get back on track with a new flower design:

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I created this design after looking at Granddaddy Longlegs and wondered what would happen if the legs were surrounded with long, thin petal shapes. Fortunately this experimented ended up looking more like a pretty flower than another creepy bug!


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Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is challenging only because of the large amount of travel stitching it involves. The nice thing about it is even if you stitch off the line, this flower will still look very good!

If you find your thread breaking a lot as you stitch into the center sections, try switching to a thinner, stronger thread. This can make a big difference and allow you to travel stitch many times over the same area.

Design Family - Center Fill. This family of designs starts very differently than most free motion fillers - from the center, then radiating out. Because of the way it’s stitched this design is going to work best in an open area, like a block or a circular applique where it has more than enough space to spread out.
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Directional Texture - Center Focused. You can’t miss this center focused texture! Experiment with different designs in the center to see how this will change the texture of the flower. Play with spirals, clusters of circles, or even fill the space with dense stippling for a nice contrast in textures.

Suggestions for Use - I love using quilted flowers in place of fabric appliqu├ęs.

Next time you’re making an appliqued quilt, leave out several flowers and replace them with this Delicate Petal Flower.

The added touch of texture and thread is sure to be a big hit!

Back of Delicate Petal Flower
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

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