The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 166 - Texture of Two

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 166 - Texture of Two

Can you believe how close we are to the midpoint of this project??? I'm getting really excited and have been working hard on the new changes that will be happening after Day 183.

I've also had to start thinking more creatively in order to find inspiration for new designs. Here's a recent inspiration using numbers called Texture of Two:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Have you caught my mistake already?

Look at the photo again. The twos are all backwards! Ha!

It's one of those weird side benefits of being slightly dyslexic that I can flip a number or letter and not even realize I'm writing, or in this case stitching, it backwards.

After I finished quilting it, I looked at it again and thought: "Are you sure 2 looks that way?" and it wasn't until I wrote it down on a piece of paper that I realized my mistake.

Oh well. It's good to know that even transposed, the number two looks great on a quilt!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a design that should come very naturally to you because how many times have you drawn the #2 in your life? The better you can draw something, the better you can quilt it, so definitely give it a try!

Design Family - Pivoting. This design is created like Paisley where you stitch the initial shape, then pivot off the starting point with as many echos as you want.

The best thing about these designs is they're fast and easy to stitch and they work in almost any area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. I think the #2 has a very fun texture. The combination of the curving hook and point create a lot of interesting movement.

Suggestions for Use - Let me think of ALL of the places we could use this design: you can stitch it over your whole quilt really big for a fast finish.

Or you can stitch it really small around quilting motifs and stencils for a dense fill. It could easily go in your borders and sashing, or in the background of your blocks.

To quote "Green Eggs and Ham": You could stitch this here or there, you could quilt this ANYWHERE!

Back of Texture of Two
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. Before reading the post and just looking at the picture, I thought it looked like a duck. I did not see a backward 2 at all.

    Thanks for sharing all of your talent with us.

  2. I thought it was a swan! Ugly duckling from a 2.

  3. if you had just flipped the photos (reverse/mirror image them) then nobody would have been any the wiser ... unless they got to see your original stitching that is! LOL
    (well ... the video might be another story - don't know - have not watched that yet)


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