The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 149 - Easter Eggs!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 149 - Easter Eggs!

Easter is just around the corner so I decided we needed a festive, fun free motion design to go along with it.

So here is Easter Eggs!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I've done a bit of everything: packed orders, filled out quilt show forms, gardening, and more cleaning and organizing in the studio. As soon as I can break away from the computer I'll be off to piece two super simple blue and green kid quilts.

I'm planning to quilt these with either Trailing Tears or Flowing Glass stencils for a quick finish with loads of fun texture.

And speaking of fun texture, check out how to quilt Easter Eggs:

Inspiration - Pebbling and other circular designs really are my favorite. They're easy to stitch and there's more variation possibilities than there are different Beatles albums.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a very simple design, but the one challenge most beginners do have is thread build up as you stitch more circles so close to one another.

Definitely try using a thinner, stronger polyester thread so you can travel over your stitching lines multiple times without thread breaks.

Design Family - Stacking. This design is created by stacking circular shapes on top of one another. This means this design should work around most quilting motifs and complicated areas with no problem at all.

free motion quilting | Leah DayDirectional Texture - No Direction. This design has a very flat, directionless texture, much like stippling. It's still very attention getting though, so try using it instead of pebbling on your next quilt!

Suggestions for Use - Pebbling designs can be fairly time consuming, so you might want to limit this design to small areas of your quilt unless you plan to upscale it to a bigger scale.

I'd try using this with your favorite quilt stencil motif. Imagine this set of stars surrounded with Easter Egg circles:

The circles will make the stars stand out and contrast nicely with all the sharp angles and straight lines of the star motifs.

Back of Easter Eggs
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,
and send in a picture to show it off.

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Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. This would be really pretty with a wavy line through the center.

  2. How fun you are uniting the religions in this one, with the Jewish star and the Easter egg. I LOVE IT.
    your work is always inspiring and I look forward each day to what you have to say.

  3. You are just amazing. I am going to really put my mind to doing some free motion, I love it I am just not good at it.
    Thanks for all your wonderful designs and tips.

  4. Very cute.
    They made me think a little about coffee beans too if you made them a little more irregular.

    I love your work-- totally inspirational to me. And you are so fast! I just started sewing let alone quilting. I bought a free motion quilting foot for my machine. Every day I check out your blog but I dont know where to start. One question-- what do you do with your samples? have you ever seamed them together to make something?


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