The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 134 - Left Turn, Right Turn

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 134 - Left Turn, Right Turn

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

Remember back to January when I shared a fun little design called Angles and Circles?

Well here's another variation on the same design! This is called Left Turn, Right Turn:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today is turning out to be an awesome day! I'm muscling through my computer work so I can run downstairs and continue fusing the water section of My Cup Runneth Over.

free motion quilting | Leah DayI haven't had any time to work on her this weekend, but I think I can get a big section of this water knocked out in a few hours.

Last night I started designing the filler designs I'll use in this quilt and I'm already dying to quilt it!

Left turn, Right Turn is a design I've had around for awhile, but I think I might use it to fill in the background behind the goddess. I was wanting a flat, background design with very little distracting movement.

Contrary to appearances, this design is pretty easy! Though it looks complicated in the picture, just wait until you learn how to quilt it:

Inspiration - For this design, I really just asked myself the question "What would happen if all I did was take a left turn, then a right turn all the way down my quilting space?"

I was shocked when this random, boxy design emerged. I really didn't know what to expect, but I absolutely love this design.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. If you can draw a square with 4 corners evenly, you can most definitely make this design because it's easier that drawing a square. It's only 1 angle at a time!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. Yes, I know this design looks like one continuous, complicated mess of squares and angles, but really it's stitched in rows from one edge of your quilting space to the other.

This makes this a great design for open, uncomplicated areas, but probably not the best to squish around complicated quilting motifs.

Directional Texture - No Direction. This is a very flat, directionless design. The pattern wants to recede and flatten out the space in the background.

Suggestions for Use - I'm going to place this design in the background of my next goddess art quilt, but you could easily use this design to cover the whole surface of a quilt.

If you're worried about the lines getting wobbly, feel free to mark guidelines to keep your rows of Left Turn, Right Turn even.

Back of Left Turn, Right Turn
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. Oh this reminds me of whin stone that we'd draw as feature panels on house elevations - I love it

  2. I love this new design! It's great to see something a little more contemporary and funky!

    Thanks Leah!

    Audra at

  3. Oh Leah, I just can't get my head around this design for some reason. LOL Lots of page of sketching to come I think.


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