The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 12 - Tree Roots

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day 12 - Tree Roots

Now for Day 12's quilting filler! This free motion filler of Tree Roots is inspired by the trees that so often show up in Dottie Moore's work:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Inspiration: If you haven't already, go check out Dottie's work here. You'll be very glad you did.

Difficultly Level: Beginner. Depending on how "rooted" your mind is, this will either be easy or hard! Concentrate less on filling in the area perfectly and more on building a beautiful, life fulfilling tree root system.

Design Family: Independent

Directional Texture: All directions or none. My personal opinion is that this filler could be used anywhere: background, small areas, and big spaces equally well. Experiment with it and give yourself permission to play!

Suggestions for Use: Hmmm...Tree Roots? That's not very hard! You could also use this filler around Celtic knots for an interesting background and textured alternative to microstippling. This filler would also look terrific in the sashing of a appliqued quilt or surrounding flowers in a grandmother's flower garden.

Back of Tree Roots
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off!

Happy Quilting!

Leah Day


  1. Definitely my favourite one so far! It's gorgeous!

  2. It is stunning. Do you come up with the names yourself?

  3. Yes La Roxy! It's really fun to come up with the names. I really try to pick the best description so they're easy to remember later.

  4. I was hoping for a video of this one!!

  5. I love this one, but I can't see enough of the picture to see how you do it.


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