The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 112 - Rainforest Leaf

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 112 - Rainforest Leaf

I don't know about you, but I could use some tropical weather just about right now!

Let's pretend we live in a tropical rainforest while we stitch Rainforest Leaf:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Well, it looks like it's going to be only one more week of kitchen remodel and then it will finally be all over!

Today we got our cooktop back so it looks like Josh and I will be back to cooking up a storm in the evenings. I've gotta say that I never imagined I'd miss vegetables as much as I have for the past few weeks.

We're definitely going to start cooking up loads of healthy, veggie dinners!

Enough about food (I'm getting hungry!) let's learn how to stitch Rainforest Leaf:

Inspiration - One of my favorite plants is the Elephant Ear, a big shade loving plant with wide, rainforest like leaves.

One of these days I'm going to design a quilt with these big leaves in it and Rainforest Leaf will be the perfect design to stitch within it.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is really just a combination of straight lines so it's very easy to stitch. Just keep your hands parallel to your foot as you stitch and your lines will stay straight and even.

Design Family - Stem Centered. This design is works off of the center stem, almost like a foundation. Once you get the stem laid out, the rest of the design comes together very easily.

This is definitely a design that will work well in open areas where you need to fill in lots of space quickly on your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. Because of the way the stem and vein lines work, the filler seems to bring texture to your quilt from all directions.

Suggestions for Use - Need a funky stitch for a plain border area? Try filling it with a long, slightly curving stem, then fill in the background with rainforest veins. It's sure to look great and finish your quilt quickly!

Back of Rainforest Leaf
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. Come to Hawaii! We are having a nice muggy tropical day here!

  2. Love it, but it could also be a millipede. Yikes.

  3. I hear you...bring on the tropical weather!


    Hello Friend, I love love love your blog, it‘s very interesting!!! I really like your style!! i‘ll visit you many times for sure honey.


  5. I‘d like to invite you to visit my fashion blog:


  6. I think you're quilted blocks are gorgeous AS-IS. I really hope you do a whole quilt or a couple whole quilts with the quilted blocks joined together. That would be totally beautiful!!!
    Oh, and I love your goddesses.. your style of art is just the thing you would see on the back of one of my husband's tee shirts. YOu should really look into selling some of the patterns to a T-shirt design company . . or ANY design company for that matter. Thanks again for your 365 project - you have to be aware of the amount of people this is helping/affecting. thanks again!

  7. Hi, Leah! I just want to say "Thank you!" for your inspirations! I completed my first free motion sampler quilt using three of your designs. If you have time, please stop by my blog. Thanks again!


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