The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 192 - Tongue of Flames

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 192 - Tongue of Flames

It's Totally Filler Tuesday and - DUDE! we've got a totally awesome design!

Check out Tongue of Flames:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I couldn't resist sounding like Ted Logan from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. For some reason Totally Filler Tuesday always makes me want to call everyone DUDE all day.

So Dude, sit back and watch how to stitch this design:

Inspiration - Swirling Feathers worked out so well, I figured it needed a variation. Instead of stitching the nice smooth feather shapes, instead stitch flames!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is not super difficult, but just like with feathers it pays to play with the design awhile and find an angle to stitch it at that works well for you.

Design Family - Stem Centered. These designs are fun because you first layout your stem, then stitch your flames in whatever size and shape you want.

If you wanted a quilt to be free form, but still slightly structured and symmetrical, you could mark the stems out first, then fill the stems however you want.

Directional Texture - All directions. Tongue of Flames has a very interesting swirling texture that should work in any area of your quilt. It's pretty attention getting, so make sure place it where you really want to show off!

Suggestions for Use - This would be a great design to stitch really big to cover the whole surface of a quilt. Imagine a red baby quilt with Tongue of Flames stitched all over it!

You could also stitch this small on a wall hanging to add a bit of drama to a boring space in the quilt.

Back of Tongue of Flames
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. I have a question for you. Can you free motion quilt a quilt that is flannel backed. Does it slide smoothly under your foot? I have to free motion, following the lines in a panel in the middle of the top. thanks you.

  2. ooh, ooh! This one is way cool!


  3. Hi RuthCampbell - Personally I've never backed a quilt with flannel, but I don't see that it would cause any problems for you.

    The only thing that I see as a potential problem might be extra lint in your bobbin casing from the flannel.

    Good luck with your project!

    Leah Day

  4. Honey I want to thank you from the heart for your effort to show these techniques. So I taught myself how to sew.
    Thank you very much.
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