The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 37 - In Stitches

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day 37 - In Stitches

Today is a beautiful rainy day here in NC, so I'm taking the day off to bind my quilts for the upcoming local Foothills Quilters Guild Quilt Show.

I mention the show because our theme this year is "In Stitches" and I realized I could easily create a filler design that was not only cool, it also allowed me to shamelessly plug the show!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DaySo here's my shameless plug: if you or anyone you know live in North Carolina, get them on the phone and tell them about our upcoming show! 

The Foothills Quilt Show will be on October 9th, 10th, and 11th at the Cleveland County Arts Council in uptown Shelby, NC.

This really is a gorgeous show and you won't want to miss it!

Check out our donation quilt, Baskets in Bloom.

Get a chance to win this quilt for just $1.

Now that I've finished my shameless plug, we'll get back to our filler design.

And today that design is called In Stitches!

Inspiration - I've known about the theme for our show for awhile, but it didn't click until the other day. We all use stitches to make our quilts but what about Frankenstein-like stitches?

I realized immediately that this would make for a terrific filler design! Level - Intermediate. Yes, this fill requires a lot of traveling over your previous stitching, but it's pretty forgiving.

Design Family - Independent.

Dr. Victor wasn't a very good quilter when he put Frankenstein together so you're not really going for perfection here.

Directional Texture - All directions. There's really no rhyme or reason with this fill so just make sure it stays consistent and fills your space evenly.

Suggestions for Use - Of course this stitch is going to come in very handy whenever you want to seam together the pieces of dead people to reanimate a new living monster. Duh!

If that doesn't float your boat, you could also use this as a terrific background fill, especially for your Halloween quilts.

A design like this will work even in tight areas of your quilt so feel free to put it around floral applique for a funky contradiction in texture verses shape.

Back of In Stitchesfree 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.

 Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. It is so funny that you included a picture of Frankenstein because that is exactly what I thought of when I saw this pattern! Perfect for a Halloween wall hanging! Hope it's OK if I mention it on my blog and send people over to get it for Halloween?

  2. Sure Melissa! Followup with a link in the comments so everyone can come and see your post.

    Let's go quilt!

    Leah Day

  3. Hai,
    I am so happy to find your blog. Its so inspirational.I am looking forward to see the beautiful designs in coming year. May be you can combine all and bring it like a quilting calender.

    best wishes,

  4. Hi. I just joined a couple of days ago and have started making a couple squares(days 1 and 2). This would be great fun to just put all the squares together in a huge quilt at the end of the year!. Anyway I'm saving my squares for inspiration and maybe I'll find a place to use them someday. I don't know when I'll get up to today's lesson but I'm going to keep practicing. I'm sending people over from my blog too! Thank you.


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