The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 139 - Cornstalks

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 139 - Cornstalks

I'm still on a role playing with these hair designs! Yesterday we learned Kelp Forest, which ended up looking more like seaweed than hair.

Here's another one that comes closer to the desired look, but still ended up looking more like a corn stalk than the look I was going for:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I've been super busy trying to move all my files from one computer to another. I've finally bitten the bullet and upgraded my system with new video editing and design software.

I've really put this off for a long time because I didn't want to take the time to learn new programs. Finally I just had to throw in the towel and admit that what I was using just wasn't cutting it anymore.

While it may take a few days to get used to everything, I'm really excited about some changes I'll be able to make to the site and the you tube videos very soon.

Enough about computer geek stuff, let's learn how to quilt Corn Stalks!

Inspiration - This is another hair design I created for My Cup Runneth Over. I'm still fiddling with the design a bit and haven't found the "one" quite yet.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a very easy design with minimal traveling. If you can stitch a curvy, wiggly line, you can quilt this design!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is stitched from one edge of your quilting space to another, so it will work really well in an open, uncomplicated area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. No matter where you put this, Corn Stalks will have a very obvious horizontal or vertical texture.

Suggestions for Use - I can see using this design stitched vertically on a quilt of fall colors: rusty red, pumpkin orange, and bright fall yellow.

Funny, those are the completely opposite colors that I'm seeing out my window right now because we're almost into Spring!

Back of Cornstalks
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. Hi, I just signed up here a couple of weeks ago and have been glad I did. I have been quilting for a couple of years now but use the good ole standby, walking foot. I can measure and do the diamonds and stitch in the ditch and you name it when it comes to straight lines, but free motion? I tried once and what a mess! Been hopping on over here about every update and finally decided to give it a try again. So today I free motioned two 8 X 8 squares with not so pretty fabric. Hey, I surprised myself. It is nothing I would show off for sure, but I did it(-: (-: I saw some kind of easy t like designs you did and tried that. Looks nothing like yours I made my curvy, but doesn't look too bad either. I need practice and practice, but now I feel I just know I can do it, thanks to you! And I read your tip about slowing down when you come to turning and boy is that true. Every time I start to curve to turn I start to take off like a race car LOL. But am working on slowing down. (-; I will figure something out to do with these squares so nothing to waste. Just thought I would share my happy evening and Thank you! Donna Rae

  2. Some of those free filling designs reminds me of McTavishing quilting.
    Nice job. Great to look at. Thank you for sharing.


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