The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 246 - Grass Channel

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 246 - Grass Channel

Ah! The sun is shining, the snow is nearly all melted, and I can finally see some patches of green grass that help me remember that winter does not actually last forever, even if it feels like it does.

So let's celebrate those small green blades of grass and see how they work in a filler design:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah DayToday is another busy day of writing lists, packing, checking the list, and packing some more. I swear the amount of stuff I drag with me to workshops grows with each class!

But there is light at the end of the tunnel and I'm hoping to finish packing so I can spend some time hand appliqueing Hot Cast.

When I'm not chilling on the couch with a needle in hand, I'll be at the machine, quickly quilting the Australian Shadows Quilt. I decided to use a wider scale so this quilt will be soft and cozy rather than stiff, and this means the quilting is much faster to finish!

Inspiration - While working on Cave Points, and remembering Flowing Glass and Trailing Tears, I realized just how easy it is to come up with new Edge to Center Designs. Just play with the shapes and viola! you have a new design!

Another cool idea to try with this design is to change the direction of the curve on the opposite side. The points would still meet up in the middle, but the opposing curve would add quite a funky twist to this simple design.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. These simple curving shapes are really easy because once you get the first shape stitched, all the rest are simply echoed from that original curve. If you struggle to get the opposite side curving just the same way, try marking just the starting curve and it may work a bit easier.
Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is stitched from the edges of your quilting space into the center, making this a great design type for narrow, open areas like sashing or borders. 

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. The nice thing about Grass Channel is the texture created when the two sets of curves meet up in the center. It gives your eyes a place to go draws attention to any areas of a quilt you stitch them into.

Suggestions for Use - This design really is the perfect sashing filler. Grass Channel can easily be stitched on a large scale, so it will fill a quilt quickly.

Sashing can be deceptively time consuming to quilt so it's nice to have a design that you know will go into a space without a lot of fuss and produce a really nice effect.

Back of Grass Channel
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, Is the Australian Shadow Quilt pattern (the way you have used it)available for purchase? It looks stunning and a great way to feature special fabrics.

  2. Hey Judy - I'm actually writing a pattern for it right now! I'm finally getting some help from a wonderful graphic designer and hopefully we'll have the pattern done sometime in February.



  3. Leah, I finished my first quilt with real, legit freemotion quilting, and I got all my patterns from you! I love it and am so, so proud of myself. You really made the whole process seem so much less intimidating and I am totally happy with what I came up with. Here's a link because I took a gazillion photos:

    And here's a link to the flickr stream (sometimes the flickr pics just look better than they do on the blog):

  4. Hi Leah, what stitch did you use on the sashing of the Australian Shadow Quilt? I don't recognize it from the Project. Thanks!

  5. FullertonRegan - Excellent! I love those little additions of funky fabrics in your Sunbonnet Sue! Definitely something to be proud of!

    Nicky - It's actually Circuit Board!

    I've struggled with this design a bit because straight lines and sharp angles don't work as easily for me as curvy lines, but stitching it through the whole sashing area was more than enough practice!

    I really like this design now and I think it's a really good choice for the background areas of this quilt.



  6. This actually makes me think of the leaves of the palm tree.


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