The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 235 - Heart Ripples

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 235 - Heart Ripples

Stippling really is a spectacular design. It can be used alone to create a very flat background filler design, or it can be used to connect shapes together.

I've used Stippling to connect circles together in Pumpkin Patch, and Pebbling together in Frog Eggs, but what about hearts? To add a little extra twist to a simple design, I decided to echo the hearts a few times just to see the effect it would have, and so we end up with Heart Ripples!

free motion quilting | Leah DayThe cool thing about this design is you can easily expand the heart shapes so they cover large spaces of your quilt. Or you could keep the hearts small and allow the stippling to be the main focus of the design. There are really a lot of possibilities with this design so just have fun with it!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is really easy! Start with a bit of stippling and then create your heart shape. Echo around the heart, hitting both the tip of the heart and the little dip that creates the heart shape. This will build up your thread slightly in these two areas, adding a little extra texture to the design.

Design Family - Independent. These designs are formed independently of everything around them. This makes them a great choice for covering a whole quilt or for filling small, complex areas.

Directional Texture - No Direction. Stippling has a very flat texture when you quilt it densely, but the hearts will have a more flowing, fluid texture. Depending on which one you allow to be bigger (either the connecting stippling line or the hearts) this design could have either a very flat or a very moving texture.

Suggestions for Use - Looking at this design, I'm reminded of a red and white 9 patch quilt I have on the UFO shelf. This design, stitched in bright red thread, would be a wonderful way to finish that quilt because it will be fast and easy, but add a nice new heart design over the red and white fabrics.

Back of Heart Ripples
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 it! Every once in a while something will reverberate with a person. This is such a design for me. I will definitely be using this in my next quilt.

    Thank you so much Leah Day!

  2. What kind of machine are you using?thanks...

  3. Ooh, ooh, ooh! I could do this with stars too! Thanks for the I have to go quilt!

  4. I've been following you since design one... and I think this is my favorite also! Lovely, Leah!

  5. Another to add to my notebook of favorites. I have never liked stippling. I know the quilt police will not come after me if I cross over a line with stippling, but never could quite manage to not cross. Stippling combined with a shape is definitely something I will try. The hearts (or another shape) will distract from any line crossings.

  6. I really like your new design. Stippling gets old after a while, but adding another design really makes a difference.

  7. I love your teaching. thanks for being willing to share your knowledge ... I'm just a beginner to long arm so your free motion lessons are really good for me.


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