The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 179 - Crazy Tree

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 179 - Crazy Tree

We had Tear Drop Tree a few days ago and I had instant requests for variations! Here's a fun alternative design using Drunk Pointy Paisley:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I'm doing a bit of everything: shooting more designs, cleaning my studio, and hopefully getting around to playing with my new AccuQuilt and appliqueing a few blocks.

I finished piecing Shadow Self together in two days - record time! I wasn't really trying to breeze through it, but everything just suddenly clicked and I was able to piece huge sections together very quickly.

Now the main studio room looks like a train blew through it, so I've got to put in some time cleaning and reorganizing.

Hopefully that won't take too long because I'm really wanting to experiment with machine applique, something I very, very rarely do and really need to get better at.

So while I run around trying to put everything back in it's rightful place, you relax and learn how to quilt Crazy Tree:

Inspiration - Tear Drop Tree was a really easy design to stitch and is even easier to create variations with. All you have to do is switch out the tear drop with any other shape to create the leaves.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a fairly easy design, but some of my drunk pointy paisley leaves got a bit out of hand. You'll want to keep them a little smaller to make the design look not so wild and crazy - unless that's the look you're going for!

Design Family - Independent. While it may look very different, this design is actually stitched in a manner similar to Stippling. You're continually branching out and "growing" the design in a very independent way all around your quilting space.

This means that this design can really work in just about an area of your quilts because you have so much control over the sizes and shapes of the branches and leaves you're working with

Directional Texture - All Directions. This design has a nice all-over texture, but if you wanted it to appear more like a growing tree, you could start from one end and keep all your leaves and branches moving in one single direction.

Suggestions for Use - Crazy Tree strikes me as a terrific design to use for a quick baby quilt, especially for a boy. It's a bit more masculine and has a nice texture any kid would love.

Back of Crazy Tree
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. Wow...Love, Love your videos...need to get Janome to to hire you!!!! I would love to see hints and tips on how to use the Horizon 7700.


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