The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 146 - Slanted Paisley

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 146 - Slanted Paisley

Today I looked back at Ying Yang and really felt this design needed a slight variation. I played around with curving the design up and thought it looked like a Slanted Paisley:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I've been playing hooky! Saturday I was off to South Carolina to teach my very first workshop to Nimble Thimbles. They're such an awesome guild, I really wish I lived closer so I could join!

Today I've been busy creating new free motion designs, shooting some videos, and trying to put everything back in order. I've also started a new quilt design for a quilt I'm calling Shadow Self which I share a bit later when it's further along.

So before I run off to start another new project, let's learn how to quilt Slanted Paisley:

Inspiration - I've been looking at several sign and symbol books and both Ying Yangs and the 69 symbol have always popped out at me begging for more attention.

I really think this worked pretty well in free motion and plan to try using it as a stencil design in the future.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. I found this design pretty easy, but it's important to keep the shape in your head that you're stitching. It was easy to form really lopsided shapes if I wasn't thinking about the Ying Yang while I quilted it.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is quilted from one edge to another which makes it a great design for the open, uncomplicated areas of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. Typically edge to edge designs will have a horizontal or vertical texture, but this design is so slanted and wiggly, I really feel like it has more of an all-over texture instead.

Suggestions for Use - I think this would make for a terrific sashing design! Expand it to fill your sashing area for a really interesting, easy to stitch design.

Back of Slanted Paisley
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 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed watching your video. It's marvellous the way you move the cloth under the needle. I've just started sewing and hope at some point to take up fm quilting.


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