The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 303 - Tropical Flower

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 303 - Tropical Flower

What happens when we take Root Pockets and turn it into a flower design? You get a gorgeous Tropical Flower!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This design was inspired by the bright veins and textures within orchid flowers. If you look closely you’ll see layer after layer of design all contained with the flower blooms.

It’s the veins of Tree Roots that really makes this design stand out and gives it that orchid feel. Tree Roots really is an amazing design and I’ve only just now started experimenting with variations of this texture. I’m sure there will be many more designs to come!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Tropical Flower is a combination of two designs that you can stitch first and get some practice with before putting them together in one design. First try stitching Tree Roots and then Loopy Flower. Once you feel comfortable with them both, combine the two into one amazing design.

Design Family - Center Fill. This design starts in the center of your quilting space and it’s actually easier to start with the petal shapes of your flower first, then go inside and fill in with Tree Roots.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. Your eyes will definitely be drawn to the center of the flower and the darker Tree Roots veins. Experiment with different numbers of petals to see which arrangement works best for you.

Suggestions for Use - Have you gotten started on your holiday gift quilts yet? While this Tropical Flower may not seem very festive, I think it would make for a perfect ornament stitched in white thread on red fabric. It’s a simple way to try this design and create a nice gift at the same time.

Back of Root Pockets
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. Leah, have I told you how much I am enjoying the CC feature!!! Thanks for adding it ..... also I find myself thinking well I can use those TOT or solid setting blocks to put different designs in..... a joke as I have NEVER quilted anything, I guess my subconscience thinks I CAN.....

  2. Mimi - This is what is really odd - I didn't actually DO anything! Either my program is smarter than I am, or YouTube is adding the CC feature. I'm really not sure, but I'm glad you're enjoying it!



  3. WOW 303 Tropical Flower is totally AWESOME.


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