The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 55 - Wheat in the Wind

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Day 55 - Wheat in the Wind

Are you feeling the billowing winds of fall sweeping through your town yet? If not, here's a filler design that will put you in mind of the chilly weather soon to come!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Inspiration - During my morning doodling, I was flipping through my current copy of Better Homes and Gardens and saw a picture of wheat, probably in an advertisement for wheat crackers or something.

I started playing with the wheat stalk shape, doodling many designs. With the wind whipping around my house, it felt natural to make my wheat bent over from the gale outside.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. While this looks and acts much like a stacking design, you're really working from one edge to another. This means that this design will work great in big areas, but not so well in tight, complicated spots.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Forming the wheat stalks isn't difficult, it's the extreme amount of traveling that makes this design a challenge.

Directional Texture - Two Directions. Most edge to edge designs give off a very prominent horizontal or vertical texture. Depending on how much wind you have in your wheat can really change the look of this design, so play with it and see what you come up with!

Suggestions for Use - This design will look terrific stitched over a large surface of your quilt. If you wanted to place it somewhere small, try using in your sashing areas where this design can shine all on its own.

Back of Wheat in the Windfree motion quilting | Leah Day
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. Beautiful. And I love your name for this lovely design "Wheat in the Wind". Just beautiful.

    Do you have any designs that would work for holiday quilts? I'm starting to work on some holiday quilts and am wondering what you would do?


  2. Thanks, Leah, for another wonderful fill. This will be a great all-over.

  3. I'm enjoying your 365 FMQ's blog so much! I love this wheat design!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sew Cal Gal - gosh, I have a whole book in my head of holiday designs and patterns - it's just getting them stitched and online!

    I'll try to get more online in the next 2 weeks. By the way, Poinsettia and Peppermint Candy will both work terrifically on Christmas quilts.

    Leah Day

  5. Beautiful pattern this one!

    I already told my friends on my last post about your blog :-)

    Hello from Hamburg

  6. I love the look of this too! You mention this as an edge to edge design. How large would you make this to cover a full sized quilt (wheat height & length)?


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