The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 121 - River Path

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 121 - River Path

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

It seems to me that we've been having a lot of complex designs lately. Let's simplify with this basic, but beautiful design - River Path:

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt's official! Runny nose, watery eyes, and body aches equals another cold! I guess my weekend spent basting 5 huge quilts finally caught up with me. Ugh!

The good news is I watched the first disc of the beginner dvd and it looks really good so far. Once I sound normal again I'll shoot the introduction and finish off the first disc completely.

While I usually get really upset when I get sick, this time I'm just going with the flow. I'm not feeling too bad and hopefully this cold will be kicked in one day if I take it easy.

But before I run back to bed, let's learn how to quilt River Path:

Inspiration - I was looking at the sashing area of one of my freshly basted quilts and realized that this area was in sore need of a funky, flowing design.

The problem is, I very rarely have the patience to stitch anything complicated in the sashing areas. I think River Path will work great because it's simple, fast to stitch, and comes with a super funky texture to boot!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is a pretty simple design that will help you learn how to echo your previous line of quilting.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. With this design you first lay a foundation with your flowing line, then fill in the area with echos. This design will work great in open, uncomplicated areas like sashing and borders where you have more than enough room to spread out.
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Directional Texture - All directions - This design is so curvy and flowing it really seems like texture is coming from all directions rather than just horizontal or vertical.

Suggestions for Use - Remember this Batik Beauty quilt I pieced up for my sister? Well it's officially basted and ready to quilt!

I'm planning on using River Path on a wide scale to add beautiful, ripply texture in the sashing areas and border. Not only will it quilt up quickly, it will also feel terrific once the quilt has been washed.

Back of River Path
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 winner Leah - and one I'll be using, probably sooner rather than later
    Thanks for the advice Leah and I think I've got a theme/project planned, (which I'll try to use some of your designs on and get complete in time for June). It helps that the proposed project is a UFO (Lewis' birthday blocks) which needs done.

  2. I like this one. Reminds me of a finger print :)

  3. How would you positon this design on a border?

  4. I love it too. I'm working on a quilt and I knew what I wanted to do in the center part, but the border left me mystified. I made it 8 in wide, so I have plenty of room to swirl around in.


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