The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Quilt Candy Rush - #470

Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Quilt Candy Rush - #470

I've been looking back over the last couple of weeks and I realized I've been on a role sharing new quilting designs each Friday! Is this the return of Free Motion Friday? Do you like seeing new designs each week? Let me know and this role might turn into a streak!


Yep, I've named Candy Rush is named after Candy Crush Saga, the popular app game. If you're not familiar with it, I have two hilarious videos for you to watch:

The first is the Honest Game Trailer for Candy Crush which may be a bit too honest. LOL! This second video is a heavy metal music video about a lead singer's love / hate for Candy Crush. Now both videos are slightly explicit, but I find them both super funny and a great way to explain what this app game was all about.

No, I don't actually play Candy Crush Saga, but I love satirical videos making fun of games I don't play. Does that even make sense? Probably not!

Back to machine quilting...Candy Rush is a fun variation of Heart Suckers, a funky free motion quilting design we learned a few weeks ago. First you stitch the Heart Sucker shape, then travel and echo around it to expand the design. See how it's quilted in this new video!



Are you looking for more designs to play with? How about a book where they're easy to flip through and feel inspired? Click Here to find the book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs.

Now let's learn a bit more about this Candy Rush quilting design:

Difficulty Level - Beginner - The challenging thing about this echoing consistently around the heart shape. You'll want to quilt straight lines when echoing the straight-lined areas and curves when stitching around the hearts.

This can feel a bit tricky and if it feels like your echoes are wobbling all over the place, try quilting a design like last week's Drunk Spiral quilting design which is much more forgiving and a great way to build your echo quilting skills.

Family Type - Echoing - The designs in this quilting family all work the same way: quilt a shape or set of shapes, then travel stitch a short distance away and quilt around with an echo. The number and spacing of your echoes can change this quilting design quite dramatically.

If you quilt the design on a small scale with very little space between the shapes and echoes, the design will add intense texture to your quilts.

If you quilt this design on a larger scale starting with a 4 inch long Heart Sucker shape, then quilting with at least 1/2 inch between the echoes, it will soften considerably and add a really interesting texture all over your quilt.

Where will Candy Rush work best in your quilts?

Candy Rush is a wonderfully versatile quilting design that can work in all areas of your quilts. You can shrink it down to fit into tight spaces, like around applique shapes. The one tricky thing is the heart shapes will tend to stand out, even when quilted on a small scale.

I think Candy Rush will work best as an All Over quilting design. This means you quilt the design on a really large scale and use it to cover the entire quilt. This type of quilting is fairly fast because the shapes are quilted as large as you can manage on your machine. It's also a great way of adding texture to your quilt without having to stitch in the ditch.

What do you think of this quilting design? Do you think it will look best quilted on a large or small scale? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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