The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 301 - Root Pockets

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 301 - Root Pockets

What happens when you combine Paisley and Tree Roots? You end up with something like this Root Pockets!

free motion quilting | Leah DayI love the flowing, organic nature of this design. The center sections of Tree Roots are going to stand out more than the rest of the design because of the travel stitching involved in these areas..

This is going to create a very interesting combination of darker and lighter sections of thread. It’s definitely one I’m looking forward to playing with on a nature inspired quilt.

This design is being sponsored by the Queen Sized Supreme Slider. This supersized slider helps your quilts glide more smoothly over the surface of your machine, making them easier to quilt and faster to finish! Click here to learn more about the Queen Supreme Slider.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. It seems we’re running through a phase of designs that involve a lot of traveling. Make sure to check out the article on 5 tips for Travel Stitching if you’re struggling to stay on the line while free motion quilting.

Design Family - Pivoting. Root Pockets starts with a single branch of Tree Roots, then you stitch around this cluster multiple times with a pivoting leaf shape. Experiment with making your starting root shape many different sizes to see what this can do to the resulting leave shapes around it.

Directional Texture - All Directions. This is going to look amazing on the surface of your quilts! Make sure to place this in an area that has more than enough space for it to spread out so the leaves can really ‘grow’!

Suggestions for Use - How about a nature themed quilt that combines Bamboo Forest, Tree Bark, Tree Roots, Pebbles in a Stream, and Root Pockets all together? Imagine the combination of all these textures in one quilt!

Back of Root Pockets
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel 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. If this were Facebook I could just Click LIKE!!! Definitely one I would use. Thanks

  2. WOW there is a cc caption button today.... did not know you actually talk through the sewing.... I agree on the FB comment we are so use to having our simple say and LIKE is a good comment...

  3. The video was amazing !!!!
    Im new in this, I can´t believe it!!
    That was really awesome.
    Thank you.
    Greetings form ARgentina.


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