The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 219 - Raw Cotton

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day 219 - Raw Cotton

Sand Dollar was a really neat stacking design we learned last week. Let's see if the same idea will work with a different shape!

This design starts with a fluffy cloud shape with Bright Star stitched in the middle:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Today I'm finally finishing up with the kitchen studio and will hopefully clean off my big tables for the first time in 2 months.

I really want the big tables clear so I can start working on a few holiday projects. After last year's craziness, I've finally resolved to get started early and have a nice stock of little gifts ready for November and December.

I'll definitely be sharing a few videos on some small fabric projects that are easy to whip up even if you wait until the last minute!

Speaking of videos, let's get back to Raw Cotton and learn how to quilt it in this video:

Difficulty Level
- Advanced. Raw cotton is trickier to quilt than Sand Dollar because the fluffy, cartoon cloud shape is a little more difficult to stitch. I had trouble keeping my fluffy clouds looking like fluffy clouds and not wobbly amoebas!

Design Family - Stacking. The fluffy cotton shapes stack together to fill your quilting space. To move from one shape to another you may have to travel quite a bit, so watch out for that as you're quilting this design.

Directional Texture - No Direction. Just like Sand Dollar, this design doesn't create a lot of movement on your quilt, but it does attract attention! I think the larger cotton fluffs are nicer looking than the tiny ones, so try to place this design where you have more than enough room to create large, fluffy shapes instead of squished, tiny ones.

Suggestions for Use - This would be a really cute design to use on a quilt with complex prints because it's simple, yet cheerful and takes up a lot of space with each pass!

Back of Raw Cotton
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Hi, Leah!

    Totally off topic, random question here that I also just posted on my own blog,

    Have you ever used fusible batting? I just noticed it is offered in a catalogue I just got in the mail, and I am sort of intrigued. I don't want to waste my money on any gimmicky quilting gizmos that don't work! On the other hand, no more basting and pinning sounds delicious!

  2. I think this is a very nice design. As a farm wife, I think it would be interesting to see the farmers harvest cotton. It's too cold to grow cotton here in Ohio :)

  3. Your book and your DVD have safely arrived in Switzerland and I am very happy about it! So much inspiration you give, thank you! I am sure there will be a lot of pleasure to have a go on all the various designs.
    With great interest I am following your 365 days posts of free motion quilting filler designs.
    Best wishes,

  4. Hey Mary - I've never used fusible batting myself, but I do have a spare crib sized fusible bat floating around the sewing room. Would you like to give it a test run?

    Shoot me an email with your mailing address and I'll send it to you. Gotta downsize somehow!

    Barbara - That is EXCELLENT to hear! I'm so glad the book and DVD arrived so quickly!



  5. Thanks, Leah! I'll give it a whirl! I'm happy to send postage.

  6. Leah,

    I like raw cotton. It would be really cool on a floral. I sometimes do floral painting on a hand dyed fabric and this design would make it look like a wild garden.

    Just received your book, but no time to look at it.


  7. I just used this to quilt a Christmas present for my MIL I love the supreme slider by the way :)


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