The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 142 - Complex Path

Monday, March 15, 2010

Day 142 - Complex Path

What do you get when you combine Henna Foofy and Bubble Wand into one design?

You get a really Complex Path!

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt's official! I'm moving my office back downstairs to take over our larger office. Even though I just rearranged my upstairs office, I just feel the need to be downstairs with Josh and James from now on.

It's been a day of building shelves, moving, reorganizing, and purging loads of useless stuff. I really love to move things around. There's something so satisfying from cleaning and organizing and finding that perfect place for everything!

So while I run off to put my desk together, you hang out and learn how to quilt Complex Path:

Inspiration - Thinking back to watching Avatar, I really loved those swinging tentacle trees that were all over the place in that movie.

I decided to try my own version using a combination of 2 designs we've already learned: Henna Foofy and Bubble Wand.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This really isn't that hard, but it's a building design, and each section will build layers of thread and require a lot of traveling.

Wait! Before you shut your brain down, hear me out! As long as you're using a thin, strong thread, like Isacord, and good tension on your machine, any skill level could stitch this.

Just be patient and take your time and you'll do just fine!

Design Family - Edge to Edge. Overall this design is stitched first from edge to edge, then filled again. You could easily use this design in an open, uncomplicated area of your quilt that needed a little complexity.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. This is a good design to create either horizontal or vertical texture with. Imagine the swinging tentacle trees of Avatar. Wouldn't that look cool in a quilt?

Suggestions for Use - I regret not using this design as the background of My Cup Runneth Over, but may still decide to take a seam ripper to the background section and fix that problem.

I think this would make for a really cool background design. You could mark the paths or make them up as you go and use this texture to fill anything from a kid's quilt to an art quilt.

Back of Complex Path
free motion quilting | Leah Day
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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Reminds me of my grandmother's tatting!

  2. Yikes! I'm only an amateur! I'll try this one in about 37 years maybe!

  3. you may have inspired me to actually CLEAN up my quilt studio! but then again......maybe not. We shall see how goes the afternoon!

    Love the complex path, now I need something to put it on!


  4. Just to let you know, I did NO cleaning today or yesterday. Maybe tomorrow........

  5. This is beautiful! Keep up the good work!


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