The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 81 - Lollipop Chain

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 81 - Lollipop Chain

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

Okay! I've finally managed to get my act together and am ready to start a new series of designs. Here's a sweet inspired design called Lollipop Chain:

free motion quilting | Leah DayI really like posting the quilt design suggestions, but I still really want this blog to be about inventing new free motion quilting designs.

Some days I feel like a real cop-out for not posting a design daily. I actually was looking at the calendar the other day seeing if I could catch up on the day we're supposed to be on.

For the record we should be on day 85, so I've really not fallen that far behind. One side of me knows I need days off occasionally and the other side of me knows that I would really like this project to finish in 365 days.

So the next several days will be devoted to new designs. I've also got some great tutorial videos coming on things like Organizing Your Fabric, Marking Your Quilt Top, and Designing Quilting Motifs. I'll let you know when those are done.

It makes be sound so efficient to also say that Free Motion Fillers Volume 2 is almost done! Thanks to everyone for participating in the poll I've had up on the sidebar.

While I know that everyone wants DVDs and Workbooks of all of the designs from this project, I've instead decided to just make DVDs up to Volume 5.

The DVDs are just so time consuming and require so much work that it really takes away from the fun parts of this project for me. It's also hard to imagine everyone buying 18 DVDs at $30 each.

Five DVDs would make for 100 designs, which is probably the most any normal person (yes, I'm the freak that wants 300) would want to quilt with.

I'm still planning on making workbooks of all 365 designs (18 workbooks total) and at the very end, maybe a year after the project is done, I will self-publish the complete Free Motion Filler Project book.

So now that we're all on the same page, let's get back to Lollipop Chain:

Inspiration - I was thinking about the success of Coffee Beans and how popular that design was. Was it the design or the fact that is was based on a food item?

I decided to put it to the test! I figure lollipops should be just as popular as coffee, though they don't provide nearly the same wonderful caffeine buzz.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really a pretty easy design. The biggest challenge will lie in quilting the circle shapes evenly and then filling them with the concentric circles.

Don't bother trying to make the circles totally full of quilting lines. It looks better to leave them a bit open.

Design Family - Independent. This design is pretty similar to Tree Roots and Stippling so you can pretty much use it anywhere in your quilt.

You might want to watch it around complicated quilting motifs though because the lollipop circles might be hard to stitch in really small places.

Directional Texture - No Direction. This is a fairly flat design, but it's also very attention getting. The texture it creates is hard to ignore, so make sure you place it where you want lots of attention!

Suggestions for Use - Have you seen Amy Butler's new fabric collection yet? "Love" is absolutely gorgeous prints that are bright and cheerful without being over-the-top.

I think Lollipop Chain would look great paired with this fabric line. Maybe stitch this in the sashing around big, bright blocks for a sweet, happy time quilt.

Back of Lollipop Chain
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Feel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I really enjoy seeing your quilt ideas!! I am working on my skill in this area, and it is a skill!! You do beautiful work and make it all look so easy - and I know it will be... eventually!! Keep the insperation coming!!
    I love seeing what you are doing, and do not feel bad for not posting everyday!! You need to keep yourself sane you know!!! And a break will help with the creative process!! I do not want you to burn out - it's to much fun to see what you are doing next!!!

  2. these are really cute - and immediately when I saw the photo in my Google Reader (before reading) I thought they look like suckers from the bank ;) Maybe that's just a sign that I go to the bank a lot with my 3 kidos ;)

    adn after looking at it longer - you know you could easily turn this into bunches of cherries.. groups of 3's. ;)

    Love your blog Leah! You are very talented!!

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  3. I've just taken a free motion quilting class and am really pleased i've come across your blog. I've only stippled or done in the ditch up until now, but am really ready to have a go at something more advanced and have got some really neat ideas from your blog. Thank you! Debbie in New Zealand.

  4. Very cute! I love the look of the lollipops.

  5. Hi Leah, I've been following your quilt designs every day. You've done a terrific job and I applaud you for your success so far. I love fee motion quilting and it's so fun to see how your ideas develop. It's really generous for you to share them with us. I hope you are hugely successful with your product sales. You deserve it!

  6. I hope your time off has been good for you. We all need it even if just to recharge our batteries. I look forward to your posts..... and am "gobsmacked" at your creativity. Have a great couple of days.

  7. this is so cute..would be great on a whimsical Christmas Village Quilt!


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