The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 9 - Cursive F's

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Day 9 - Cursive F's

For Day 9 I want to share with you an excellent site on traditional Henna designs and my free motion quilting filler created with the Henna "Fooffy" design element:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
While most quilters wouldn't immediately think of Henna body art designs as sources for free motion quilting inspiration, I do! In fact, these traditional designs lend themselves very well to free motion quilting because of the way they are created.

When you have Henna applied, the artist works with a small bag with a tip, almost like a pastry bag, filled with liquid Henna pigments. These pigments smear very easily, so they're always applied in a continuous line fashion.

Even better, most Henna designs are also very simplistic shapes that are repeated numerous times to give an all over effect - just like free motion quilting!

Inspiration - The Henna Page Online is the absolute best source for free Henna information and designs on the internet! Check it out and see how many designs you can translate to your quilts in free motion stitches.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. Just about everyone has had cursive writing brained into their skulls by the age of 12, so cursive "f's" should be no trouble. Just think of your needle like a pencil and your quilt like your paper and "write" to your heart's content.

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - All directions with a catch. Look back at the example. See how the lines of "f's" stack on top of one another? This creates lines that your eyes will catch when skimming across a quilt.

Of course this wouldn't matter if it was an expanded free motion designs stitched over the whole surface of the quilt, but if you put this in the background of a wholecloth, it's going to show.

Suggestions for Use - Because of the lines, I personally don't think that the "Fooffy" design works well over a large area. Instead, I believe this free motion stitch will look terrific in small, tight areas like flowers, stems, and leaves.

This would also look awesome as the trim along the last 1/2" of a quilt right before the binding or along the sleeves and cuffs of a quilted jacket.

Fooffy creates perfect leaves!
free 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 at!

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. What a neat idea. I would never have thought to look at Henna designs! The Swirling Flame is still my favorite to date, but this one is a close second! (Especially as it creates perfect leaves.)

    Keep up the great work!

  2. How do you start the next row of design? Travel and turn the quilt so that you continue to work left to right and imagine the letter F?


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