The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 2 - Etch n' Sketch

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Day 2 - Etch n' Sketch

On to Day 2 with a fun little quilting filler that my husband named "Etch n' Sketch" because the shape reminded him of the pictures you can draw with that classic toy.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This free motion stitch is another that looks good in small places, but is also very versatile. If you increased the size dramatically, Etch n' Sketch would look great as a large continuous quilting design over the surface of a whole quilt.

free motion quilting | Leah DayInspiration - Honestly, an Etch n' Sketch did not influence this quilting design despite its name. I was thinking of the lines in a Pacman maze (yes! one of my favorite video games).

Difficulty Level - Beginner. Again, the big issue with this filler, like Shadow Waves, is keeping your quilting lines straight and the distance between them even and consistent.

If your space is large or you can't seem to keep the lines straight, mark it! Marking is not the end of the world. Just make sure you use a water soluble marker.

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - 2 directions. This is absolutely either a horizontal or vertical quilting filler. It has very little flashy movement so this could easily work as a background filler.

Suggestions for Use - Oooo...This filler would look awesome with oriental print fabrics. It would also look great in water areas (very placid water like a pond) or as background anywhere on a quilt.

free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this filler designs in your quilts,
but if anyone asks, tell them where you learned it from!

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Hi, I found your blog through Crazy Mom Quilts and am very excited about your 365-filler designs. Currently I am reading your blog entries from the beginning. This design, what you call Etch n’ Sketch, is very similar to a design I used on a quilt last year. I used the design to fill in the spaces between blocks. It wasn’t as concentrated as your Etch n’ Sketch but I loved the effect and the texture. I am so excited about what I will be learning from your blog.

  2. Dear Lea- just found your blog and it's amazing. i started doodling with your desigs and both the design and the information included are really very clear and inspiring. thank you so much for sharing. i'll keep reading your posts every day from now on.

  3. unquaI find your tutorials so useful. I was so interested in quilting and in Sri Lanka I couldn't find the free motion quilting foot and at last I got it from ebay. I am following your lessons now, and now I am getting some where. Thanks a million for sharing your talent in the internet and You are a blessing to so many like me!

  4. I'm just now starting to go through your blog from beginning to end. Thank you so much for your work and inspiration. I have a question about your quilting foot. In the etch-n-sketch video you talk about keeping your right hand next to the foot. it looks like there might be a clear plastic guide to rest your hand on. Is that right? Or am I seeing things? Is there a place in your blog where you discuss your equipment up close?


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