The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 154 - Spiral Tulip

Friday, April 2, 2010

Day 154 - Spiral Tulip

Tulips aren't quite blooming yet, but I've gotten several magazine with beautiful pictures over the last few weeks that got me thinking.

I decided to try my hand at mixing (I guess crossbreeding would be a more apt term) spirals and tulips together to make one design.

It ended up looking kinda weird, but I'm sure there's a place for it somewhere in a quilt!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today has been a busy day. I quilted this morning then took James to a play date at the park and am now back home working on the site.

While website design might sound really boring and complicated, it's really not and it's one of the things I absolutely love about working online.

So keep a look out for a new update next week when I add a whole new selection of quilting books to the site!

Now let's get back to learning how to quilt this Spiral Tulip:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is fairly easy, partly because the shape is extremely free form. So don't worry too much about your tulip shapes looking exactly like mine, but instead let them be whatever size and shape you want!

Design Family - Pivoting. This is one of those designs that is formed from the center to the outside so you'll want to put into a nice open area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. This design is less attention getting than most of our center focused designs, but it still supplies a very interesting, bulls-eye like texture.

Suggestions for Use - I've been knocking a new idea around in my head to combine applique designs with free motion quilting designs. Try replacing an applique block with just a quilted block in your next applique quilt and see what I mean!

Back of Spiral Tulip
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel 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. This one reminds me of elf shoes! I think it would be cute on a Christmas quilt. :)

  2. Didn't think you had any more designs in your head!!!!! Great work.

  3. Hi Leah
    wishimg you and everyone a very happy Easter.
    Keep up the fantastic work!!
    Please can you give some tuition on Shiva paintsticks. I have seen your video on the flames but would love to hear more from you on techniques, fixing, applying etc.
    Peter UK

  4. Love your videos! Thanks for the inspiration and instruction - every day!!! This design - you see a tulip, I see a uterus. Is that weird? I love it! Very feminine.

  5. Hi Leah
    So glad you aren't really going to abandon us now! I was wondering if you are going to do "wind" as a filler? Maybe some of the other earth elements, too.
    Diana Schleicher

  6. Leah, I just looked at this design again.....You know you are in the medical field when what is supposed to be a spiral tulip looks like a uterus complete with fallopian tubes and ovaries!

  7. I think it looks more like Calla lilies (then either uteruses and fallopian tubes or tulips.) But it is beautiful.

  8. Hi Leah A friend of mine sent me to link to your site and I am ever so grateful to her. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

  9. Querida amiga como me gustan sus tutoriales de acolchado los visualizo una y otra vez, no se ha planteado la posibilidad de editarlo en español, seria fantastico poder tener un ejemplar traducido para las que no sabemos ingle, recibe mis felicitaciones y admiracion


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