The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 36 - Flame Flower

Friday, September 18, 2009

Day 36 - Flame Flower

Today's free motion quilting filler design is really a lesson in filler combination. You can take several designs and by combining them in a creative way, come up with a totally new design!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DayThis design is a combination of Fiery Comet, Swirling Flames, and Peppermint Candy: a design I thought of while creating this flower and will showcase in the next few days.

As complicated as it looks, this flower is actually very easy to stitch!

Inspiration - I started stitching this design once I noticed how big the circles were in Fiery Comet. I wanted to fill those circles with something and decided a swirl was the best choice.

After completing the first "petal" I saw the flower shape and just kept running with it. This really reminds me of a bright orange lily.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really pretty easy, you just need to focus on keeping your lines consistent distances apart and traveling evenly over your previous quilting. 

Design Family - Center Fill. This is a filler that draws your eyes inward to the center spiral. Depending on how wavy and wild your petals are will really change the look and feel of the texture around the center.

Suggestions for Use - This is one of those designs that could be used to create a quilt on its own. I'm thinking a wholecloth quilt with flame flowers and maybe Pebbling in the background to add contrast.

You could also use this design inside a circle quilts like this one from Guildcrafters Quilt Shop in Berkley, MI (Photo published with permission).

I found this while searching the internet for just the right example and love this quilt and the Gelato fabrics used to make it.

Not only are the fabrics and the quilt showcased, but here you can learn how to prepare the circles for applique. I've never seen a this technique using heat resistant plastic before, so definitely check it out!

This quilt would look terrific with a Flame flower stitched in the center of each circle in matching thread. Looks like I have to add this quilt to my growing list of quilts I must make soon!

Back of Flame Flower
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.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I love this one - another fabulous design.

  2. Beautiful. Inspirational. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I just finished quilting a baby quilt. I told DH I hate machine quilting. Then I found your site last night. Maybe you "can" change my mind on this. I've watch a few of your videos. I'm floored with the pebbling, which btw, I've tried several months back. Wished I had your video then. Wow is all I can say. Thanks, Mandy

  4. I hope you are saving all of these squares! They will make several beautiful quilts when put together!

  5. I just found your site, and I am so thrilled! I love that you have videos for how you quilt the designs, it really helps a lot. Thanks for doing this!

  6. This design just rocks! Thanks for sharing with all of us!


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