The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 123 - Angles and Circles

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day 123 - Angles and Circles

I'm feeling much better today and ready to finally quilt my Super Quick Wholecloth quilt. I basted this big guy and I really want to quilt it just for fun to see if my new quilting setup really works.

But before I run off to start quilting, let's learn this cool variation of Lollipop Chain called Angles and Circles:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So what have I changed about my quilting setup? I'm still sewing on my Arrow flatbed sewing table and have positioned a 4 ft x 2 ft table to the back.

free motion quilting | Leah DayOn the side I have 2 - 2ft x 18" tables to the left. These tables are extremely necessary to expand the size of the table so the weight of the big quilt can rest either to the back or to the side of the machine.

The problem I've been having is the Arrow table is just ever so slightly shorter than my regular folding tables and on small projects the difference in height can snag my quilt.

So I was at Office Max the other day and saw their office chair mats. These are big sheets of thick plastic that typically rest on the floor under your office chair to make your wheels roll better.

But I saw a different use! What if this chair mat could instead be used to even out the surfaces of all my different tables?

I took my chair mat home, flipped it over to the smooth side, cut it to fit with utility scissors, and taped it onto my tables. So far it looks like it's a perfect addition to my quilting setup, but I haven't tried it out yet on a really big quilt.

I'll definitely let you know how it goes tomorrow, but for now let's learn how to stitch Angles and Circles:

Inspiration - I've been playing with angles a lot lately. When I first started quilting, I really hated all angles and sharp points because it was jarring and distracting to stop and change direction constantly.

The flow if designs like stippling felt a lot more natural and I could easily get into the "flow" of the design.

Now I'm finding that changing direction and forming sharp points isn't as distracting as it used to be. It's opening up a whole new avenue of designs now that I feel comfortable with this.

It just goes to show that you'll always be learning something new with free motion quilting!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is really very easy - it's just angles and circles!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is stitched from one edge of your quilting space to the other, but you can easily free-form with this design as well, so it can really go in any area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - No Direction. The lines and circles really seem to be coming from all directions and it gives your quilt a very geometric feel, but from a distance this filler will read as very flat and directionless.

Suggestions for Use - For some reason this design keeps reminding me of the very early video games like mind trap, puzzle pipes, and pong.

I think this design will work great stitched over a funky, cheerful kids quilt! The big bold shapes of the circles and angles add a lot of fun interest and any kid is sure to find this texture fun.

Back of Angles and Circles
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. That's a really fun design. I think I could actually use it. I've been doing some FMQ on a large lap size quilt, but I'm not sure how to send you a picture. Via email? Be patient, I don't even know how to make a link yet. I have much to learn.

    Oh,yeah, I was totally grooving to your entry on blowing up the designs to cover larger areas. The design I'm currently using is a variation on McTavishing, maybe I'd call it Echo Curls.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. You are always making such interesting designs. Thank you for sharing and inspiring :)

  3. Leah, you are great with your information. I am intrigued with all your quilting patterns..they never cease to amaze me! I will be very interested to watch your whole cloth quilt progress. Its something I would love to do, but the size, putting it together and then actually working the design on it is really daunting. How old is James...its amazing all the information and time you give us as he seems quite muast be so busy

  4. Love your blog Leah, dont know how you get the time. How old is James? He certainly looks cute! Appreciate how you explain things..look forward to trying some things in the future. Also look forward to seeing your whole cloth quilt come together..

  5. I'm so glad a friend of mine told me about your blog. How very cool. I also love the youtube links. thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I also like the idea about the chair mat for evening out table area.


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