The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 8 - Fern & Stem

Friday, August 21, 2009

Day 8 - Fern & Stem

This design is also featured in the DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers, as well as the ebook From Daisy to Paisley.

Today is Day 8, so I've officially completed one full week of free motion filler (say that three times fast)!

Last night I went to a quilt guild meeting and met Priscilla Hair, the self proclaimed Queen of South Carolina Quilting! This is one amazing quilter who shared a funny, entertaining trunk show of beautiful quilts.

The reason I mention this meeting is because today's filler is actually inspired by Kay Young, another quilter in my guild.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DayThis is a very interesting filler that creates a lot of movement and texture for your eyes.

free motion quilting | Leah DayInspiration - Kay's quilting and the many mimosa trees around my yard inspired this filler. You could also look at fiddle head ferns for more inspiring free motion quilting designs.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. If you were covering a very large section of quilt, it might be tricky to stitch the stem all in one go, but as long as you keep your stitches consistent and an even distance apart, this filler will always look terrific!

Design Family - Stem Centered.

Directional Texture - All Directions! Depending on how wiggly your fern fronds, this filler could have movement in all directions.

Suggestions for Use - This filler contains a very noticeable stem that definitely becomes a design element in itself. Because of this, you wouldn't want to use this quilting filler in a situation where the stem conflicted with other quilting elements like in a wholecloth.

Instead, Fern & Stem looks best over busy fabrics filling up large empty spaces such as borders and block backgrounds.

Back of Fern & Stem
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel 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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Let's go Quilt!
Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. Leah, you are such an inspiration. I hope when you are finished, you take these videos and make a cd. This would be the ultimate "filler cd." Thanks for sharing.

    Barbara in Georgia


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