The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 159 - Split Petal Flower

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day 159 - Split Petal Flower

We've had a lot of flower designs from Graphic Flower to Delilah, but I thought this one looked different enough to count as another design:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Yesterday I finished and bound a baby quilt just in time for the shower and finished James's quilt. I can finally take off my "bad mother" badge because I've finally made my kid a quilt! Ha!

So now with those projects out of my studio, I can turn my attention to getting some new quilt tops together.

After the lecture in Greensboro, I realized that I really wanted to have more quilts to show. It's been really tough trying to balance this project with a big quilt at the same time, so instead of trying to finish a whole quilt, I'll be satisfied just to get something together as a top.

There are 3 quilts really on my mind with pretty cool names: Emergence, Shadow Self, and Lost in the Woods. I'm really in the mood to piece and applique right now, which is good because that's what they will all require

I'm also trying to keep these guys smaller, around 48 - 60 inches. I'm starting to realize the reality of packing and showing big quilts and it's just easier to keep them under a more reasonable size.

So while I run off to clean up my studio and start playing with fabric, you hang out and check out how to stitch Split Petal Flower:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a pretty easy design. Just keep the initial leaf / petal shape in your mind and you'll do just fine.

Design Family - Center Fill. This design is started in the center of your quilting space, then stitched outward. This means this design will work great in open, uncomplicated areas like blocks.

Directional Texture - Center focused. This design will center your attention right on it. I've been using these designs in the center of Dresden plates and flower appliques for a very interesting effect!

Suggestions for Use - We're definitely collecting a lot of center fill designs lately. One of these days I'll piece up a very simple charm quilt with 4" squares and stitch each square with a different center filled design.

It may require a lot of thread breaks, but the effect will definitely be worth it!

Back of Split Petal Flower
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. Muchas gracias por tus tutoriales, te visito todos los dias, me parecen super interesantes, me he propuesto practicar un poco cada dia en el acolchado siguiendo tus explicaciones

    1. Concha,ya que escribiste en español te pregunto,este acolchado se hace con pátrones o cada persona diseña mientras lo va haciendo,gracias por tu respuesta, soy colombiana,vivo en Ibagué, y tambien recurro a revistas y paginas que me enseñen cosas nuevas, un abrazo,


  2. Leah, another lovely pattern for the library of 'I must try this'

  3. I love this design! I was visiting last night and looking at it, and then got sidetracked by something in your sidebar and forgot to leave a comment! I'm going to try this out next- though whether you'd reckognise your design from whatever I produce is another matter!!


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