The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 24 - Pine Needles

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Day 24 - Pine Needles

Every morning for the last several days, I've started my day the same way: get up, make cereal, sit at the table, and doodle.

I was never a "doodler" before this project, but now it's a constant habit because I never know when a doodle will turn into another free motion quilting design! Pine Needles was just such design that started it's life as a humble doodle:

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Inspiration: When creating this design, I was actually thinking back to Tree Roots, one of my favorite designs so far.

I wondered what would happen if the lines were all straight and longer. Out of that curiosity, a new filler design was born!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate. This design does require straight lines and lots traveling, but if that's something you've been struggling with, use this filler to help you work on those skills!

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture: 2 directions. This design looks great set vertically, but could also work horizontally over any quilting space.

Suggestions for Use: Because this design requires the initial starting line or "spine" of the needles, you won't want to place this over a huge area of your quilt just because it will be very difficult to quilt a long line perfectly straight without marking it.

Instead, place this design over short distances, like placed horizontally in your quilt sashing, for an eye catching texture in a small space.

Back of Pine NeedlesFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off.

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Happy Quilting!

Leah Day


  1. I really like this one. It's a great eye catcher. I'm sure my lines wouldn't be straight, but that's OK with me :)

  2. Just what I needed for a Xmas table runner I'm getting ready to quilt. I'll let you know how it goes.

  3. I just found your blog through I believe a HQ 16 forum website and really like what you are doing! I just bought a HQ Fusion and I'm going to join along with you in your day to day free motion quilting as I'm sure it will really help! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Laura T

  4. Hi Leah! Your designs are fabulous - I belong to 6 quilting groups and you're all over all of 'em. You do know that you're doing all the prep work for a book, right? I'd LOVE to see you in print a year from now!

  5. Thanks Ladies!

    Robin - Don't worry about your lines being straight! Wavy lines would actually make this look entirely different. That's another variation I'll add next week.

    Wordmama - Terrific! Shoot me the photo when it's done. I can't wait to see it!

    Laura - That's terrific about your new machine. This is definitely the place to be to learn new designs!

    Linda - Yes, I've heard from many quilters all over the world. It seems to have taken off in the last 10 days or so.

    The forum response is overwhelming - thank everyone for posting about the project!

    I'm planning on putting all the designs into a book. Just waiting for a prospective publisher to find me!


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