The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 13 - Wandering Clover

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 13 - Wandering Clover

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For Day 13 I've decided to mix things up a bit. If you haven't noticed already, I rarely create free motion designs where the lines of quilting cross.

I'm not a fan of flowery shapes particularly, so I decided to test my limits by designing this Wandering Clover:
free motion quilting | Leah Day
My personal opinion is that a filler should fill a space and add some texture and interest, but not draw so much attention that it competes with the major design elements within the quilt.

But I'm finding that really any filler design, even a Cat Hairball filler, can be used just about anywhere without being distracting so long as you use threads that match with your fabric color.

So this means that the real determinate of eye distraction is color, not texture!

Inspiration: With this filler I just sat at my sewing machine and started stitching. I really had no thought in my head at all, but after the three petals formed, I thought "Oh, clover! Cool!" and just kept on quilting.

free motion quilting | Leah DayTechnically this filer doesn't look anything like clover as you can see from this picture:

But what plant has three leaves and twists like a vine? Poison Oak. Sorry, but I prefer to think of this as clover because at least I'm not horribly allergic to it!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. The one thing I can say for this filler is it hides its mistakes. Don't worry about every leaf being perfect or the line wandering just so. The texture blends itself very nicely so you can hide your mistakes so long as you keep moving evenly.

Design Family - Independent.

Directional Texture - No Directions. This is what I call a flat filler, or background fill. It's perfect for small tight areas that just need the piss stitched out of them, but no extra directional texture.

Suggestions for Use - Background is pretty much background in any quilt. You could easily expand this to stitch to meander over the whole surface of your quilt, but you'll want to expand the clovers to about the size of your hand first, otherwise you'd be quilting that sucker for the rest of your life!

Back of Wandering Cloverfree motion quilting | Leah Day
As you've probably noticed this week that you can't quite see the stitching on the backs of these blocks.

I've been using The Bottom Line thread, which is probably the thinnest thread in existence. You'd never know it was white thread on lavender fabric because the thread is so fine it blends right in.

Just goes to show that your thread choice matters in any quilt!

Happy Quilting!

Leah Day

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