The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 48 - Pointy Paisley

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 48 - Pointy Paisley

This design is also featured in the DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers, as well as the ebook From Daisy to Paisley.

Another variation question for you: what do you get when you quilt Paisley with sharp points? Pointy Paisley!

free motion quilting | Leah DayThanks to my post on Filler Design Theory, the variation ideas are coming out of the woodwork!

Once you decide how you want a design to be formed (i.e: pivot design like paisley or stacking design like pebbling) you can create a million variations just by changing the core shape.

Think of all the shapes this paisley design can be based on: triangles, diamonds, hearts, circles, stars, trees, etc. I bet I could take a whole month to come up with just variations of Paisley alone!

Inspiration - I've been finding the greatest inspiration for new designs not from quilting magazines or books, but from Better Homes and Gardens!

I only subscribed for the home renovation ideas and recipes, but I love the amazing number and variety of stitches I can come up with from looking at home decor and food.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Really if you can paisley, you can master Pointy Paisley pretty easily.

Design Family - Pivoting. Paisley variations like this Pointy Paisley is created in the same core way: start with an initial design, then echo that design always returning to your original starting point.

This creates a nice amount of thread play where the design starts and adds to the texture of this filler. Because it's a pivot design, this will work just as well in small areas as it will in large ones.

Directional Texture - All directions. You can move anywhere with this stitch and in any direction so it really provides a multi-directional texture.

Suggestions for Use - Definitely try this filler around quilting motifs and see how it will look around feathers. I think the contrast between the sharp angles of Pointy Paisley and the smooth angles of feathers would look really cool.

Back of Pointy Paisley
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Leah: I love the layered look of the Pointy Paisley. It's so elegant!

  2. Leah, I think this one is my favorite so far. I love the appearance. Lane

  3. So do I, as Hope said: the layered look makes it really cool

  4. Leah, my hat off for your wonderful work and inexhaustable ideas. Can't wait to see what comes next. Lily

  5. Thanks for doing 365 Days! I have a question about your open toe presser foot. Did you cut part of it off? It looks more open than mine and I can see much better what you are sewing.

  6. Brilliant and beautiful at the same time!

  7. Love your quilting motifs. I also love your advice. I promise, I will practice more!


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