The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 31 - Cartoon Tree

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Day 31 - Cartoon Tree

Today's filler was inspired by the very well known Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I was thinking of the cartoon trees that are often used in books like this and extremely easy to doodle. As we've all learned, what's easy to doodle is very easy to quilt!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Drawings and illustrations from books like Dr. Seuss and Roald Dalh are proving to be very inspiring! Of course, this filler would look very different if I made it more cartoony looking with more pronounced U-turn branches. Play with it and see what you come up with!

- I believe this doodle is second in popularity only to the Cat Hairball doodle. It might look really complicated in the picture, but it actually quilts up very easily.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. The most trouble you will have with this is interlocking the branches. Just try to wiggle them together, but don't sweat it if you get some open patches. They add to the texture as well!

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - All directions. Even though this design is stitched from edge to edge like most 2 directional fills, because the tree branches are so interwoven it really gives the impression of much more movement.

free motion quilting | Leah DayOf course, it's going to be easier to apply when placed horizontally or vertically on your quilt, but just try it and see what you get.

Here's another example of Cartoon Tree used in a Challenge piece:

Suggestions for Use - This would be a great design to use over large, open areas of your quilt. You could easily expand this to have 1/2" or more space between the lines to cover the whole surface of a quilt quickly and with very little fuss.

Back of Cartoon Treefree 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. We fabric artists are so creative when it comes to where we get our inspiration. Thanks!

  2. You don't have many comments re: your outstanding work, but be assured that we silent quilters are looking forward to every single post. Great work! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I am going to tell everyone on my Yahoo Groups about this site. Again, a big THANK YOU!


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