The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 345 - Pattern Fern

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 345 - Pattern Fern

It's time to look way, WAY back in time to 2009 when I posted Fern & Stem. This fun little design is a great base for many other textures. You can fill the stem and leaves with many different designs as I've done with this variation called Pattern Fern:

free motion quilting | Leah DayAre you getting geared up for Thanksgiving coming up quick on Thursday? This year we're making a slightly different feast - instead of turkey and all the trimmings, we're going to make a southern soul food meal of greens, cornbread, hoppin' john, corn on the cob and sausage.

It's always nice to try something new every couple of years so the meal doesn't get stale and boring. Josh and I always split the meal so it makes for a great day in the kitchen cooking together.

Of course, right after Thanksgiving things really heat up with all the big Black Friday to Cyber Monday online sales. Make sure to swing by sometime this weekend to see all the terrific free motion quilting tools and resources available in my Quilt Shop.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design is advanced only because the stitching needs to be quite precise. Hitting a particular line, traveling along it, or simply staying withing a small space are all lessons we're going to focus on in 2012.

Design Family - Stem Centered. Pattern Fern starts with a simple stem. The "leaves" are what really fill your quilting space with texture, so make sure to branch them out so each leaf fills a large amount of space on your quilt.

Directional Texture - All Directions. The really neat thing about this design is just how much the pattern is going to show up and stand out on the surface of your quilt. This is one fern that is definitely NOT going to blend in!

Suggestions for Use - Playing with several modern quilt designs over the weekend has certainly gotten me thinking about using fillers in unusual ways. What would my black and red quilt look like with a large Pattern Fern stitched over the surface?

Back of Pattern Fern
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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