The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 39 - Peppermint Candy

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Day 39 - Peppermint Candy

I'm writing this post this evening (one day early) because I can't breed do by dose and plan to spend most of tomorrow in bed.

But on the brighter side, today's filler design really is funky cool and as soon as I've kicked this nasty cold I plan to quilt quite a bit with it.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

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Inspiration - As you can probably tell, Peppermint Candy was invented the same day as Flame Flower. When I saw the large swirl in the flower center, peppermint candy just sprung to mind!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. There's a lot of traveling in this design as well as flowing from circle to circle evenly. If you can't seem to "see" the circle shapes a you're quilting them, feel free to mark them with a circle template.

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - No Direction. This design isn't moving really. Your eye isn't drawn to one side or another. It's also odd that it's not a very good background design (most none directional designs are).

Suggestions for Use - Because this design is so bold and attention getting, you will want to place it in your quilt where a little bit of attention is needed. Skinny 1" sashing would be a nice place to start.

You could also expand this so that the circles were 4" - 6" each and use it as an overall fill for your whole quilt. It's got a bit of Christmas-y cheer to it, so definitely use it on stockings, tree skirts, and with holiday fabrics.

Back of Peppermint Candy
Feel 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 the look of this stitch! Feel better soon! I'm just getting over that was not fun!

  2. Hi Leah, I'm enjoying the challenge you have set yourself and might even get converted to heavy machine stitching :)
    I have featured your blog at my site today and have a gift there for you.

  3. I found this blog through bloghopping and I'm glad I did. I just started machine quilting recently but I haven't been inspired by many books on the subject. I like your filler patterns more than other machine quilting patterns because they flow so nicely and look very modern. I also have 2 quilts I need to quilt and neither uses traditional square blocks that lend themselves to stencil-like patterns more. Thank you so much for sharing and spreading the inspiration! I feel even less anxious about being able to finish these quilts now!

  4. Carol - I checked out your blog and thanks for the gift of links and kudos. By the way, of all the places in the US, why Tennessee???

    Mariposaluna - Terrific! I know what you mean. I found myself flipping through book after book, almost yelling at the authors WHY CAN'T I FIND WHAT I WANT???

    Finally I decided that it was insanity to keep looking for what wasn't there, so I started this project. It's wonderful and scary and challenging all at the same time!

    Keep checking back everyone and keep the comments coming!

    Let's go quilt!

    Leah Day

  5. I just found your WONDERFUL blog through another group this past weekend. It's terrific!! What a challenge you have set for yourself and ......... how the rest of us will benefit!!!!! You are an inspiration and a leader for those of us needing a little more guidance. THANKS!!

    Hope you are feeling better - summer colds are the pits!!


  6. I've seen your blog mentioned a couple of times now and I'm so glad I stopped by. Your designs are great and I'm totally loving this one! I haven't done any free motion quilting yet, but I'm planning on giving it a go soon and your blog is giving me loads of ideas and inspiration!


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