The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 64 - Ace of Spades

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 64 - Ace of Spades

Now let's finish up our royal set of poker designs with Ace of Spades:

free motion quilting | Leah DayTo recap, we've learned a heartful Valentine's day stitch with Queen of Hearts.

We've gotten a great design for St. Patrick's Day with Jack of Clubs.

And we've discovered a terrific stitch for any day of the year with King of Diamonds (after all, diamonds are FOREVER)!

Now let's finish it off by learning to stitch these spades:

Inspiration - I'm NOT going to talk about my card inspiration again cause I know you're all so sick of hearing about it.

Instead, let's go check out this AWESOME site on Zentangles. Seriously, go now!

This site is devoted to small, hand drawn images that look a lot like free motion quilting. I love the idea behind this art form: "Anything is Possible, One Stroke at a Time."

I think the same is definitely true for quilting. Instead of focusing on quilting the whole quilt, just focus on making one line of stitching, one motif, one spade shape at a time.

When we focus on the whole quilt, it just gets bigger and bigger and of course we get overwhelmed! Instead look at the small spaces and treat them like a Zentangle - fill the space one stitch at a time.

I know you'll love this site, and a special thank you to a reader named Kathy who shared the site with me.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. The spade shapes are not a shape we draw very often, so sketch it a few times to get a handle on it first. 

Design Family - Stacking. This design is going to work great in small, tight areas, but probably a bit tricky over a big area unless you mark it. 

Directional Texture - All Directions. The spades look really cool when they seem to be coming (or growing) from all different directions.

Suggestions for Use - Today's the last day I can share my bad little drawing of the poker quilt before it must be retired from overuse.

One of these days (when James is in college probably), I'm going to take a Queen of Hearts Card and quilt her up into a queen sized quilt.

That way I can be queen while I'm sleeping under a queen sized queen quilt. Ha! (That was terrible, I know, but I just couldn't resist).

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

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. Zentangles! I've been a reader of your blog for awhile now, just heard of Zentangles last night (or maybe it's just the first time it seeped into my brain!) and I immediately thought of you. No surprise that this link showed up on your blog ages ago and I just missed it.
    Thank you for all your beautiful designs, inspiration, and connection with the online art community.


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