The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 181 - H2O

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day 181 - H2O

One of the most common questions I get asked from quilters is "Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?"

I have to smile when I hear this because I know exactly what the quilter is thinking - I must have a degree in art and loads of class time in order to quilt or design like this.

But that's simply not true. I'm a college dropout and the 2 years I did attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville, I was majoring in Biology. Talk about a bad fit!

Fortunately the 2 years weren't a complete waste as I've found all sorts of design inspiration from my bio and chemistry days. Here's one such design called H2O:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really as easy as stitching straight lines and circles. If you find yourself struggling with stitching circles this will be a great design to practice with!

Design Family - Independent. This design is formed by stitching a circle and branching off from it to build the design. Because of the way it is stitched, it will likely work in just about any area of your quilt with no trouble.

Directional Texture - No Direction. This design provides a nice texture, but it's not really moving in any particular direction. Place H2O in the background of a quilt and you'll find that area will recede and flatten out nicely.

Suggestions for Use - Try stitching this on a quilt for a manly man and he will likely thank you for not covering his quilt with flowers!

Back of H2O
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler designs in your quilts,

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

  2. I LOVE this one. I have a vision of doing a modern quilt with bugs and science-y type stuff. I don't much care for science, but I like science-y stuff. This would be the perfect filler for what I have in mind : )

  3. I dont comment everyday but I felt I should pop in to let you know you are FANTASTIC. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

  4. Hi Leah,
    I am inspired by your blog and I want to share it with readers of my newsletter. I am opening a quilt shop in the TampaBay, FL area and the newsletter is kind of a "count down to opening" - which, hopefully, will be around the first of August. Keep up the great work and no more jokes about quitting to take up scrapbooking - I about died until I realized what day it was!!
    Hugs and stitches,
    Barb Linares

  5. Uni daughter is in need of a bag for her laptop and as she is majoring in Physics and Chem I can just see this design incorporated into the quilting of the bag! Thank you very much for helping a beginner quilter (me):).

  6. Thank you so much for this design. I have been a follower of this blog since the very beginning...and I am so inspired. I was asked to do a quilt for a friends grandson. He is 6 and totally into "toy story" i was looking for an all over design, and this one spoke to me as looking a little like "space ships"? or planets?? not really sure, but I just think this is really going to work well..the blues and greens in the "TS" fabric, and primary yellow isacord thread...I think its going to come out really cool for him! Again, thanks so much!


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