The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 198 - Snake Spine

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 198 - Snake Spine

Remember WAY back to almost a year ago when I shared the Fern & Stem design?

I decided to stitch it up a notch this week and exchange the wiggly stem for a line of pebbles. It makes for a pretty neat variation that I'm calling Snake Spine:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Yesterday I wasn't as productive on Shadow Self as I expected. Something about waking up at 5 am to start quilting just makes me really tired for the whole rest of the day.

So today I slept in and took my time finishing another big ray so there are only 2 more to go! Unfortunately they're both mostly filled with pebbling, one of the most time consuming designs in existence.

Grrrr! This quilt will be finished this week! We're heading to Greensboro, NC this weekend and I will NOT return to this quilt on my quilting table.

So while I run off to quilt like a mad woman, you can sit back and enjoy learning how to quilt Snake Spine:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Don't be intimidated by this difficulty level. The main reason it's tricky is because you're trying to do two things at once: circles and wiggly lines. Just take your time and mark the circles if you need to.

Design Family - Stem Centered. While I didn't quilt the whole stem first in the video, looking back on it, I think that's the way I should have stitched it. If you lay out your stem well, this design should work in any area of your quilt.

Directional Texture - All directions. The more wiggly your stem and leaves, the more wild and crazy the texture will be!

Suggestions for Use - Are you needing a slightly unusual border design? Consider filling your borders not with feathers or cross hatching, but with Snake Spine instead!

Back of Snake Spine
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

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