The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 257 - Echo Shortcut

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 257 - Echo Shortcut

Today we have a really weird design. It's kind of a mix between Echoing Designs and Pivoting Designs, but it looks and acts most like an Echoing Design so I'm calling it Echo Shortcut:

free motion quilting | Leah DayEchoing Designs start with a basic shape, then travel stitch and echo that shape repeatedly. You fill your quilting space by quilting more and more clusters of shapes and echoes all around.

Pivoting Designs are very similar, but they start with a shape, then pivot off the starting point to echo, creating a bit more thread play right around the starting area.

Recently I was thinking about Echoing Designs and wondering if there was a way to make them even easier. What if you created the shape, then pivoted, and widened the space between the lines slowly?

It's a bit of a cheat, but it works much easier, and look terrific on the surface of the quilt. Let's learn how to quilt it!

Inspiration - I was looking at Echo Shell, one of the very first designs from this project, and usually one of the first designs I teach to beginning quilters. I wanted to see if there was an even easier design I could teach and I think I've found it with Echo Shortcut!

free motion quilting | Leah DayDifficulty Level - Beginner. This is much easier than Echo Shell because you don't have to travel stitch to create space for your echo. It can be hard to stitch right over your stitching lines in free motion when you first get started

Design Family - Echoing. Technically it's a mix of Echoing and Pivoting (shall we call it Pichoing? or Ecviting? Ha!) but it works most like an echoing design so that's the category I'm sticking it in for now. I'm curious to see how many designs I can come up with this new model. It might just be a new design type of it's own!

Directional Texture - All Directions. This really has a funky texture and it's quite different from Echo Shell. I love how changing one small thing can change a design completely!

Suggestions for Use - This is super easy and very fast to quilt, so I would experiment with this one over the surface of your whole quilt. If you've never free motion quilted before, this would be a great design to start with!

Back of Echo Shortcut
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. Oh I love this one. Gonna try this one real soon on a bed size quilt.

  2. I love this design. I have a bargello-like quilt I made using different theme prints: Sky, sailboats, seaweed,fish, then corals. I can not remember where I read about the easy bargello techinique using theme prints. I was going to use one of your "water/waves" designs. Echo shortcut is perfect. It looks like sky and waves and will be perfect as an overall quilt design.

  3. I like this one. By the way, I tried pebbling for the first time this weekend. I am really a newbie at FMQ. I've been watching a lot of your videos just to get the hang of it all. I blogged my pebbling today, if you are at all interested. I have a LONG way to go, but I sure had fun finally trying and practicing. I really started to get the feel for traveling over previous work and managing the speed of my machine.

  4. I love this one. This one looks perfect for beginners like me. Thanks!

  5. I like this! It reminds me of banana bunches! I'm going to try it out & work in some big banana leaves here & there.

  6. I really like this design!!! I will be making a green/offwhite scrap quilt this month. This will make a really nice all over quilting design!!! You have inspired me!!!

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