The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 41 - Sea Algae

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 41 - Sea Algae

I know yesterday's Trilobite design might have been a bit over the top, so today I'm taking it down a notch with a very easy doodle-inspired design called Sea Algae:

Inspiration - This basic design began it's life as a doodle, but this morning I was passing Josh's reef tank and noticed the large amounts of stringy green hair algae.

While I coexist in a house with no less than 7 fish tanks, I very rarely actually look inside them. Fish are my husband's domain and as foreign to me as a 1/4" seam allowance is to him.

It turns out that this stringy hair algae is actually a pest and can take over his tank if Josh isn't careful. Of course prolific weeds are often the very best makers for a continuous line free motion design!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Can you draw a question mark? Yes, you can quilt this design!

Just keep your lines consistent and try not to pause in the middle of a smooth curve. This can often create noticeable bumps in your curve where you stop and start again.

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

Directional Texture - 2 directions. The way I've quilted this, it's a definite edge to edge design, causing it to have definite horizontal and vertical texture.

Of course, this would look entirely different stitched as a meandering line, so feel free to create millions of variations as you see fit.

Suggestions for Use - I think this design would look really beautiful expanded to a bigger scale and used to fill up the whole surface of a quilt.

It could also work wonderfully to fill in the background areas of traditional quilt blocks.

Back of Sea Algae
free motion quilting | Leah Day
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Leah Day


  1. Leah--
    Yours is my new favorite blog! Please turn this project into a book with a DVD for the vids you do. This is wonderful!
    When I learned free--motion quilting, I felt like the world opened up for me. Your patterns are great inspiration, too!
    Keep up the great work. I want to see how this develops. Cheers!

  2. Thanks Leah. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you sharing your insights via your blog. Inspriational!


  3. I say thank you for it to you to learn many beautiful samples from you
    Thank you that you distribute it you are nice to us .
    Loving greeting Marika

  4. Hi Leah I've just been sent a link to your blog from BQLer Brenda and I am blown away. Thank you for this fantastic undertaking and all your work, it is an inspiration, Lis

  5. What a fantistic site for machine quilting. I keep trying and trying and am aweful but I think with watching your video's I may have a chance. Irish Muses sent me your way...thanks again for the time it takes for you to do this..I may conform yet to do some machine quilting.. you have lovely lovely work

  6. These are wonderful, thanks for the tutorials. I will come back often.

  7. I'm in love with this blog!! i had to send it to a friend.. I'm a longarm quilter and you have inspired me. And I look forward to using some of these pattern on my quilts!! Natalie In HOT Florida

  8. Wow, this is the coolest project. So glad Mrs. Schmenkman mentioned it today. I will link to you on my sidebar and be back often. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm very impressed by your commitment - all the best!

  9. I've just found your blog! How exciting! The videos are a God-send. It's like having a little class every day or so.

  10. A friend posted a link to your blog on Facebook. I am so glad I followed the link. Your blog is a fantastic resource and inspiration! I'm pretty sure that with the help of your blog (especially the videos) I won't freeze up with indecision and fear when I finish my next quilt. Thank you so much!

    Leslie N

  11. This is a wonderful project. I wish I had seen it from the beginning. I am trying two of your designs a day to catch up. Just learning free motion so hope this will really get me going.

    Thanks again,


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