The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 244 - Aztec Path

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 244 - Aztec Path

Whoa! Dude look at all this SNOW!

Depending on where you live in the world, this might not be very impressive, but for Shelby, NC, this is enough snow to shut down the whole town, close all schools and businesses, and create a cabin fever panic that has cleaned out the area grocery stores of milk, bread, and eggs.

I never have understood the whole milk, bread, and eggs thing. Personally when I'm stocking up for a snowstorm, I go for crave food like ice cream, Doritos, and beer!

It's kind of funny that I set up to share this design on such a snowy day. I'm certainly dreaming of Aztec paths and hot summer days!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Inspiration - Echo Crosses was a really neat design that got me thinking about cross shapes and how to use them more often. I decided to try a very simple cross baseline that could be echoed to fill any area and I think this finished up looking pretty neat!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design starts with a straight line, then occasionally branch off with a + shape. You can change the texture by increasing or decreasing the size of your + shapes and then fill the rest of your quilting space by echoing this base line.

Design Family - Foundational. This design starts with the simple baseline and + shapes. This line works as your foundation which is then echoed multiple times on both sides to finish filling the quilting space. Really this is a design that can go anywhere on your quilt and will look great stitched on any scale!

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. I love the texture created by straight lines and sharp angles! It's a neat combination because the design will recede and show off less than a curvy line, but your eyes are naturally drawn to it because so few shapes in nature are perfectly straight.

Suggestions for Use - The simple graphic texture they create is perfect for areas of your quilt that need to recede a bit, like sashing! Personally I keep thinking about my Australian Shadows quilt and I think this would be the perfect design for the background!

Back of Aztec Path
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Here in Lenoir NC we also are getting snow and expecting more. Looks like you have more than us.

    Our whole town is closed it seems like or on delays.

    Its a good day to quilt!

  2. In Hawaii, when we have a serious threat like hurricane or tsunami, all the stores have a run on rice, bottled water & toilet paper! Funny how the mind works!

  3. it's bread, milk, and beer here in AL that go first. All of the roads in our city are officially closed! Hubby got the day off work along with the kids :) I got a babysitter so I'm going to go quilt!

  4. Oh this so made me laugh, snow, that's only a sprinkling!!! LOL. I now live in France but I am originally from the UK - now there's the place to be for snow especially this year they have had tons of it!! Linda

  5. Good Morning!
    I have just discovered your site and I am thrilled with your work - not to mention that I have that issue of Fabric Trends, but haven't taken the time to read it yet! I will be today!! I have been scouting thru some of your machine quilting patterns and all I can say is wow... not sure I can tackle that! Great work,I will be back!!

  6. We just got dumped on by snow too! We've shoveled or plowed four different times since yesterday afternoon! But I have enough milk. :)


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