The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 216 - Atomic Flower

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 216 - Atomic Flower

I don't know about you, but I'm really craving some funky filler designs this week!

This funky flower design was inspired by the graphs and symbols for spinning atoms:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I'm hoping to put the finishing touches on my sewing studio and then be able to start moving everything back into place. There's something about reorganizing and sorting through all this stuff that just feels good!

So while I run off to cut my shelves down to size, ya'll hang out and watch how to quilt Atomic Flower:

Inspiration - I was thinking back to my days in college and remembered a few of the diagrams we would draw to illustrate atoms. Of course, this atom is much cooler than anything I learned in those boring chemistry classes because it's art instead of science!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This isn't a super difficult design, but it does require a good bit of traveling through the center area to create all the petals for the flower. Just take your time and stitch carefully through these areas so you stay right on the line.

Design Family - Center Fill. This type of design is started in the center of your quilting space and worked out to the edges. This means that this design will work great in open blocks, but is probably not the best choice for a tight or complex area.

Directional Texture - Center focused. This design really draws your eye right into the center. The overlapping lines create a lot of texture as well, so definitely use this design where you want a lot of attention.

Suggestions for Use - For some reason Atomic Flower is making me think of very abstract quilts. Something about all of the curves is making me want to put this design on a quilt with lots of straight lines and sharp angles!

Back of Atomic Flower
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel 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. Leah, did you ever see electron cloud orbital diagrams in chem? They remind me a lot of some of your designs as well. Good job keeping some of your past still in here, it's nice to see every now and then :)

  2. I love this pattern. It's not quite so busy as some, so I can see using it often in my style of quilting.
    Thank you.

  3. Hi Leah,

    Your name comes up quite a bit in the Horizon yahoo group. Love to watch how easily you FMQ with this machine. Would you share your settings?



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