The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 250 - Sunflower

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 250 - Sunflower

Yay! We've reached Day 250! We now have 250 free motion quilting designs to choose from and use on our quilts!

To celebrate this very special day, let's learn an awesome new flower design called Sunflower:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Inspiration - I love to play with flower designs, especially finding easier ways to create them without as much precise travel stitching.

One morning I was doodling and created a very simple flower, but all the petals were different sizes and it didn't look good. In frustration, I just kept adding more and more petals on top until the first set no longer looked bad. That's a great way to hide mistakes: cover them in a sea of flower petals! 

Difficulty Level - Beginner. Sunflower is a super simple design and what's great is it will help you master creating a smooth petal shape. If you're struggling to make smooth shapes without wobbly lines, try quilting this design in some small blocks to practice

By the time you get finished, you'll have gotten a better handle on making these shapes, and created a nice stack of drink coasters as well!

free motion quilting | Leah DayDesign Family - Center Fill. This design starts in the center of your quilting space and radiates out. Don't worry about the flower petals completely filling every corner of your blocks. It actually looks better if you keep the flower shape circular rather than trying to stretch the petals into a square.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. You really can't miss this eye catching design! If you watched the video, you'll have seen me go around the center one more time before I finished the design. I like building up my threads to really draw attention to the center of the design.

Suggestions for Use - I have a large quantity of small blue and white quilts left over from writing about How to Piece Perfect Quilts two years ago. All they need are some simple designs to finish them off to make many nice baby quilts. Sunflower would be a perfect design to use in the blocks and cornerstones!

Back of Sunflower
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel 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. Did you know I did a whole post about you on my blog a couple days ago?? GO take a look.


  2. Thanks Judy! I really appreciate it!


  3. Love the Sunflower! And the Isacord thread you recommend has made a HUGE difference in the feel of my FMQ. What a difference thread makes. Thank you.
    Congratulations on #250

  4. I think this is one of my favorite designs yet. Thank you. I will definitely be using it in the future.

  5. I will definitely try this one. Thank you. And congrats on #250. What a great body of work.

  6. Your tutorials are very clear and quite dazzling. You also make it look very easy although it's obvious you've worked very hard to get to your high level of competence. Thank you.


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