The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 156 - Crocus Trail

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 156 - Crocus Trail

When I designed this flower design, my crocuses had just bloomed. Now, with the 80 degree weather we've been having they're all gone, but we can still enjoy these delicate flowers in a quilt!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I'm packing, packing, packing. It's amazing how far everything spreads out when I'm home, but today I'm getting it all together and then driving to Greensboro, NC.

It's actually fun to be going back to Greensboro. I used to work in a wonderful bead shop, Indigo Bead Studio back in high school and will hopefully have the time to swing by again.

It's such an inspiring store I'll definitely share some pics if I get by!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This isn't super difficult, but I had trouble keeping the odd crocus shape in my mind. I kept wanting to either make it a heart or some weird amoeba shape!

Design Family - Stacking. This design is formed like Basic Spiral in that shapes are created and stacked together to form the design.

It's pretty free form, but because the crocuses are so big, it can be a bit tricky to squish into all the odd areas of a quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. Keep the crocuses flowing in all different directions and the texture will seem to be coming from all angles as well.

Suggestions for Use - Do you have an applique quilt needing a little something special in the sashing? Try Crocus Trail for a nice, delicate finish!

Back of Crocus Trail
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. With a little tweaking the crocus almost resemble dogwood petals. Keep up the good work.

  2. before I looked at your title, I thought they were heads of garlic! which is also a good thing... either way, they're very pretty.

  3. I love this one -- it reminds me of garlic!

  4. Very pretty! When I first saw the thumbnail of this on my blog list, I thought it looked like gingko leaves, my very favorite leaf. Hmmm. Other people saw garlic, how interesting!

  5. Yep - garlic! LOL!!
    I bought your DVDs recently and have just watched them. Thankyou for sharing your wealth of information and I certainly hope that I get anywhere near your level of expertise in free-motion quilting!!
    I may even pull out my old trusty sewing machine to do just this type of quilting on - less tension problems!!
    Thanks again and I look forward to many more wonderful designs.


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