The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 73 - Coffee Beans!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 73 - Coffee Beans!

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

I'm in need of a little kick today to get me moving. What better design to get us jiving with java than Coffee Beans?

free motion quilting | Leah DayI'm actually not a coffee drinker. Hard to believe, right?

Nope, aside from a short span in college when the only thing keeping me from bombing my finals was a hot pot of coffee and snickers bars, I've really never cared much for the caffeine boost.

For the record, the caffeine and sugar never made up for a lack of enthusiasm about Biology. This blog is what happens to college dropouts who'd rather be quilting!

Inspiration - I recently purchased more fabric for this project and selected a new color that we really haven't seen enough of. Brown!

As soon as I saw the white thread next to the brown fabric I thought Coffee Beans!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. The biggest challenge lies in maintaining the oval shape. Once you get the hang of the wiggly line through the center, it really flows quite nicely. 

Design Family - Stacking. This design is like pebbling and will work just about anywhere on your quilt. 

Directional Texture - No Direction. This is a background texture that looks great when placed anywhere on your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - Anyone in need of a Coffee Quilt? Pull dark brown, black, and cream colors from your stash and piece up a simple log cabin.

Quilt Coffee Beans over the black sections, Basic Spiral over the brown sections to represent swirling coffee, and Pebbles in a Stream in the cream sections to act like frothy cream.

Sounds to me like a yummy quilt indeed!

Back of Coffee Beans!free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel 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. Woohoo! I LOVE this one. YES! Thank you!

  2. I LOVE the coffee beans, Leah!! The brown and white looks so authentic. This one looks more doable than some too. I may have to try it!

  3. I love the coffee bean look. The idea of a log cabin with black, dark brown, & cream -- now that would make a nice quilt. I think it's time to go downstairs and make a latte. Thanks for all the videos and ideas.

  4. Love this one.....thanks for doing this.

  5. Love the coffee beans! what a great idea:) Love it in the brown fabric and white tread.

    Laura T

  6. Will you be putting these on a DVD? I don't know how to save all the wonderful ideas and video of how to do each. I know other's would LOVE a DVD too......PRETTY PLEASE.......:o)

  7. I LOVE this one. The texture is really lux. Thanks again, Leah. Quilt On!!!

  8. Qwendi - Yep, DVD announcements soon to come so stay tuned!


  9. Leah,
    Love this one! Even if I didn'tlike the coffee and cake connection it is still a great design.
    Judy B

  10. This is a great design! I love coffee and I just have to make this one. Thanks for the great pattern. I look forward to more of your great designs.

  11. I love your idea of the brown, black and cream quilt with the quilting to accentuate the coffee idea. You have inspired me to get back to my quilting since the holidays are over. With travelling and the kids getting home for the holiday break I have not been to my quilting studio in weeks. I am having serious withdrawal especially after watching your videos on all these wonderful fillers. Keep up the good job.


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