The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 367 - Zippling

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 367 - Zippling

Yes, it's been forever since we saw the last new design posted to the project, but now that we're moving through the family of Independent Designs, it's time to start expanding once again to find new, interesting textures for our quilts.

This one in particular, despite it's silly name, will produce a very nice, masculine texture for your quilts:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
From here on out, videos for individual designs will be posted on Wednesdays with the Quilt Along post.  Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see how this design works over a real quilt!

Difficulty Level - Beginner.  Zippling is as easy to stitch as Stippling, only this time all the lines are straight and the angles are sharp.  This might actually make the design even easier to stitch because the sharp angles will give you a convenient place to stop with the needle in the down position to reposition your hands.

Filler Design Type - Independent.  By now you're probably getting the general idea for how this family of designs work: wiggling around independently in simple rows across your quilt.  How many other ways can we subtly change this design by changing the texture of the line used to create it?

Directional Texture - No Direction.  Because this design is all straight lines and sharp angles, it's not going to stand out as boldly as softer, curvier designs like Sharp Stippling.

Suggestions for Use - Because Zippling works so much like Stippling, it's going to work great anywhere!  Play with this design on a large and small scale, as well as tucked into tiny, tight spaces around appliques or within the background of wholecloth quilts!

Zippling used in the outer ring of Emergence:
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts
and send in a picture to show it off!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I can definitely see some possibilities for that type of filler quilting! Would like to try it in a contrasting thread for an additional dimension! Very cool! Hugs, D

  2. hola, sigo tu blogg parece maravilloso que conpartas con tus seguidoras esos videos de los cuales podemos aprender tanto.muchas gracias y un abrazo desde malaga(españa).


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