The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 227 - Tangled Snakes

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 227 - Tangled Snakes

Let's get back to the project today with a funky new design called Tangled Snakes!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
What a wonderful weekend! Not only did I get back in the studio to create several new designs, I also started working on a new quilted jacket to wear this winter!

While designing the jacket, I've been thinking a lot about my favorite designs and trying to decide which to use in the background. It's funny, my favorite designs are flames, pebbling, and McTavishing and this design contains a bit of all of them!

Inspiration - James recently came home with a plastic toy snake that was connected together with circles and pegs down the back. As soon as I saw it, I saw the potential for a new free motion design. Inspiration truly is everywhere!

Difficulty Level - Advanced. What makes this design tricky is the amount of traveling and space-gauging you need to be able to do in order to fit the snake shapes together and the pebbles within the snake shapes.

Just take your time and practice drawing this design a few times first. The overall texture and thread play it creates is really spectacular and absolutely worth the extra effort it requires!

Design Family - Branching.

Filler Design Type - Branching. This design works a lot like McTavishing, but you can also work it more like an echoing design like Flame stitch, so it can work in most areas of your quilt. The most challenging thing will be controlling the amount the thread builds up around the circles.

Directional Texture - All Directions. I think this design is going to rank in my top favorites because it creates gorgeous texture, dark thread play, and lots of movement all at the same time!

Suggestions for Use - This would be a good design to use in the medium sized areas of your quilts. If you place it somewhere too tight and complex, you might lose the interesting texture Tangled Snakes creates.

Likewise if you place this design in a huge area, it will be very time consuming to fill, so try to find the open medium sized areas of your quilts, like around applique blocks where this design can really shine!

Back of Tangled Snakes
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I love this design and have the perfect place to use it on my current project. Keep up the inspiring work!

  2. Fascinating, fun to watch your video. You have great control. Is your machine using a foot pedal?

  3. great design. I think it looks a lot like pea pods!

    And thank you for doing this project!!! I played around with a few of your designs on a quilt I recently finished. I don't usually like watching online videos, but they were so helpful in letting me know where to go with my drawing. Thanks again!


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