The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 77 - Elodea

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 77 - Elodea

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

Way back in college when I was stumbling through life as a haphazard biology major, I used to experiment on this freshwater seaweed called Elodea.

In all honesty, I think the quilting design looks better than the real plant, but maybe I'm biased.

free motion quilting | Leah DayOf course, my college days have come back to haunt me! My husband recently set up a new fresh water tank in our bedroom and stocked it full of, you guessed it - Elodea plants!

Inspiration - When I saw the new plants go into the tank, I was reminded of Fern Filler, a design we learned way back on day 8.

I'm thinking there will be a lot more plant inspired designs in the coming weeks as they make terrific texture no matter where you place them!

Design Family - Stem Centered. With this design, you first create the stem, then branch out with long leaves to fill the rest of the space.

Because of how it's created, I feel that this design will work great in any area of your quilt, especially if you're wanting to cover a large amount of surface area very quickly.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. The design itself is not terribly hard. The biggest challenge is maintaining an even distance and size to your leaves.

Directional Texture - All directions. The texture seems to fill from all different directions so make sure to place this where you want loads of movement.

Suggestions for Use - I could see this playing a beautiful role around appliqued flowers, almost like a trumpet vine. Come to think of it, Trumpet Vine would make a great filler too! Must go quilt it!

Back of Elodea
free 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. Another beautiful design. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This is like looking down on a millapede - another great on Leah

  3. Yep, I see lots of possiblities with this one... It looks like a vine that could have almost any shape leaf coming off it. Rounded, oval, pointy, etc.
    I love it!

  4. You have a great imagination....I love looking at these everyday. You did bamboo stalks how about bamboo leaves? and of course then there is a tons of different leaves to choose from after that :0).
    You make this look so easy many hours do you think you have practiced machine quilting?
    How large are these squares you show us everyday?

    Happy Sewing


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