The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 71 - Bamboo Forest

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 71 - Bamboo Forest

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

Anyone else read the comments in Hardwood Floors?

Well, a wonderful fellow blogger, Wendy, the self proclaimed Seam Ripper Extraordinaire, suggested I change the design ever so slightly to create Bamboo.

Thus was born Bamboo Forest! Thanks Wendy!!!

free motion quilting | Leah DayI've always liked bamboo and my husband has been so tempted to plant it in our yard to help stave off the poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and various other nasty poison things growing in our woods.

The problem is bamboo really spreads unless you find the clumping kind which I can never find and wouldn't trust anyway. I have knitted with bamboo yard and found it delightful.

Who knew that an overgrown grass could make such soft yarn?

Inspiration - I was really only going to do Hardwood Floors and leave the design at that, but then Wendy came along with the comment "that looks like bamboo to me" and of course, I had to give this variation a try!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design, just like real bamboo trees (stalks? reeds?). It runs from one edge of your space to the other so this will work great to cover open, uncomplicated areas of your quilt.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is a terrific design to start with because you don't even need to stitch straight lines! Bamboo can be slightly curvy so it's super easy.

Directional Texture - Two directions. There's definitely a horizontal / vertical look to this design, no doubt about it!

Suggestions for Use - I would put this in a plain, indigo sashing around Japanese fabrics for a super cool Asian inspired quilt.

Speaking of Asia, these pictures were taken at a zoo in Japan. It's called I has a Bucket and I get a laugh every time I look at it.

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


  1. This one looks fun yet simple. Thanks for your blog.

  2. Fabulous! I just discovered your blog but love what you are doing. Keep up the good work!

  3. Oh but this is so, so similar to something that I've been doodling and was going to mention to you - but what I'd done was two horizontal bars across instead of one - I'd also seen a photo on line of a clump of bamboo where they were a bit more irregular - even one crossing the rest - interesting

  4. Simply stunning! I think this will be one I will use, maybe even by hand.
    Judy B

  5. Leah,
    I can't begin to tell you how valuable these videos are to us! Thank you for your time. I also loved your online class. It was so wonderful I finished it in a few days. Anxious to get the next installment!

    Regarding bamboo, I live in Florida and have bamboo in both side yards. The larger bamboo (about 4-6" across) is wonderful and makes a lovely noise when it's windy as it knocks against one another. Like wooden chimes. Grows quite well and like a forest, blocking views. We have the other kind that is nasty and spreads like crazy in the other side yard. I've heard if you plant them in a pot (sturdy) in the ground, that will prevent them from spreading. Good luck!


  6. I've used bamboo batting in a quilt and it's super soft too. Great design!


  7. Thank you for the mention, Leah. I feel honored. =-)
    Now I guess I'll have to post pictures of my FMQ attempts just to prove that I'm working on this stuff! =;-)

  8. I love this design. I used it in a quilt I recently finished. here's a blog post about it.

  9. that design IS awesome and one i will use when i "become" a free motion quilter! in the meantime, "I has a bucket" cracked me up, too! (:


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