The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 215 - Sharp Stippling

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 215 - Sharp Stippling

This design is featured in From Feathers to Flames, a spiral bound book with instructions on quilting 60 free motion quilting designs.  

Why has it taken me THIS LONG to come up with this variation of stippling? It's so easy and obvious, it's been staring me in the face for months

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This variation is as simple as stitching occasional points within the wiggly randomness of Stippling.  The little points make this design look a bit like a mass of swirling flames.  It's definitely a texture I want to play with on many quilts!

Now let's get back to quilting and learn how to quilt Sharp Stippling:

Inspiration - I quilted a new square of stippling for the book From Daisy to Paisley and while I was stitching it out, I began thinking about the many variation possibilities of this design. Adding a sharp point might even make this design easier for some quilters to quilt!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is very simple, but it does require estimation. Constantly estimate the space you have and the scale of the filler design you're working with so the quilting space is filled evenly with no large gaps open and noticeable.

Design Family - Independent. This design is just as flowing and free form as Stippling, so it will work in all areas of your quilt, both big and small.

Directional Texture - No Direction. Sharp Stippling and regular stippling have a very flat, directionless texture when quilted densely on your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - This design will work terrifically anywhere on your quilt, but stippling type designs specifically work great in areas you want to flatten out, or recede into the background.

Back of Sharp Stippling
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I have just come across your! What super inspiration!

  2. hello. Leah. My name is Rita and I am Brazilian. Congratulations for you, your work and yor blog. I hope i will made all of your quilting, because i love.Quilting is my new passion. Thank you for your classes. I love your blog!!!!!!I have a blog to please visit me. Hugs and kisses for you.

  3. I'm new too and totally inspired ... tho I do find that doing this kind of quilting is difficult, I'm going to keep at it until I master it! thanks for all the tutorials and your time! much appreciated by me!

  4. I really like the look of the sharp stippling. Thanks and have a wonderful day :)

  5. I love this 'sharp stippling', will have to try it. Thank you!

  6. Love this one! For years I tried so hard to keep all parts of my stipples rounded, but then I discovered a balanced bit of 'pointiness' worked and made it more interesting. But I haven't done anything that looks like this pattern. I can hardly wait to try it!

  7. Leah, I have been visiting your site everyday for months now, even if it's just from my phone. I have to say thank you so much for all the inspiration and for making me feel like I too can make my quilts even more beautiful with free motion quilting. I'm a young quilter like yourself and I struggle with learning things simply from books, but you have helped tremendously. I recently finished my first all over quilting quilt. Granted I only did stippling but I am so proud of that quilt! Today's design, sharp stippling, was so easy when I practiced it. Thank you so much!!!!


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