The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 18 - Spiral Chain

Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 18 - Spiral Chain

Today I've been pondering my dislike of Basic Spiral. That filler worked okay, but remember that I disliked certain areas of the fill.

So I decided to create Spiral Chain to see if I could get the handle on a good spiral quilting design.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DayBut the truth is, I really don't care for this design either! Maybe me and spirals just don't mix.

Your choice of free motion designs is entirely based on personal opinion. Some shapes will be easier for your body to create, while others will seem ridiculously difficult.

Usually this is due to muscle memory. Some shapes are easier to do because your body is used to making that movement. If you find yourself struggling with a certain shape or design, draw it several times, and you'll find it much easier to quilt.

free motion quilting | Leah DayInspiration - I love the spiral shape, but creating a filler design with them is proving tricky! Maybe spirals work best when they're part of the quilt design (piecing or applique) itself and not part of the quilting?

Spirals can be very dramatic shapes, like in this quilt Life and Fire:

Difficulty Level - Beginner. With this filler you need to do some split second estimation to gauge how much space you need to get inside the spiral and back out. As with all the other designs, sometimes all this takes is practice!

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - This is a tough one. Because all the spirals run in a line, technically there's a definite horizontal or vertical directional texture going on. But because they're spirals, they go in all directions. It is a safe bet that you should use this design in areas where you want a lot of movement and showy quilting.

Suggestions for Use - Like Henna Foofy, these wave spirals would look terrific as the edging of a quilt or the cuffs of a jacket. It would also look terrific expanded in the sashing between quilt blocks.

Back of Spiral Chainfree 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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Happy Quilting!

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. I have been looking at your stitches and watching the videos for a couple of days. You make it look so easy. Including the skill set with the stitches gives me confidence to try them. I have started doodling to get my mind in sinc with my hands. Hope to post a sample soon. Thanks for creating your site.

    Sew Happy, T. Martin


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