The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 331 - Light Bulb Leaf

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 331 - Light Bulb Leaf

Remember Hosta Leaves from last week? That design was created using wiggly leaf shapes and tear drops to create a flowing leaf like design. Now let’s combine those two shapes together again, only this time in reverse to see what happens!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
As you can see, when you stitch a wiggly leaf as a long and skinny shape, it starts looking like a flame shape and when combined with the globe-like tear drop, it kind of looks like a light bulb!

Putting the two designs: Light Bulb Leaf and Hosta Leaves side by side, can you see how the two are made with the exact same elements, just reversed?

free motion quilting | Leah DayNow let’s learn how to stitch this new version in free motion:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design really isn't that difficult. Just focus on first stitching a simple flame shape, then pivot and curve around with a basic tear drop shape. The nice thing is the tear drop shapes stack easily together so this design should fit nicely in any area of your quilt.

Design Family - Pivoting. This family of designs all work by starting with an initial shape, then pivoting and echoing, either with the same shape or a new shape, to create an interesting design.

Directional Texture - All Directions. You can’t beat the flowing, free form texture this design creates on the surface of your quilt. If you like the curvy tear drop shape, consider adding extra echoes around the shape to make it stand out better on your quilts.

Suggestions for Use - Both Light Bulb Leaf and Hosta Leaves are going to be super fast designs you can quilt in a hurry. Another bonus is they’re not particularly feminine, so if you have some guy quilts to finish in time for the holidays, both would be excellent choices!

Back of Light Bulb Leaf
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. Nice design. Would look good stitched on a Christmas quilt as a string of lights.
    I got my November 2011 AQS magazine and was pleased to see that you won "Best Home Machine Workmanship" for your Winter Wonderland snowflake quilt at the Knoxville AQS show. Well done. Beautiful quilt. I do not know if you commented about this previously. If you did I missed it.


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