The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 261 - Blowing Wind

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 261 - Blowing Wind

How many branching designs have we learned so far? I still feel like I've only scratched the surface when it comes to these designs, so let's learn a new one inspired by the windy days we've been having lately:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This is yet another good base for many variations! Let's learn how to quilt it in free motion:

Inspiration - Here's another design that was inspired by Poseidon's Eye, only this time instead of a circle, I create a tear drop shape on the end of my wiggly line. I then took an extra step to fill that tear drop with internal echoes so the texture would be continuous throughout the design.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Don't be intimidated by the complex texture of this design. If you like, try leaving the tear drop shapes open so you can see what you're doing as you move around your quilting space.

Design Family - Branching. This design is really fun to stitch! Focus on creating each branch and play with making the wiggly lines leading up to the tear drop long or short to see how it effects your overall texture.

Directional Texture - All Directions. We don't call it Blowing Wind for nothing! This design will be perfect to use in all areas of your quilt and will give it a very dynamic texture. Try it over areas meant to be water or sky for a really neat effect!

Suggestions for Use - Branching designs can fill large areas of your quilt very quickly with beautiful texture. If you've got a project that's heading for show this spring and you're trying to finish it quickly, try stitching Blowing Wind for a super fast finish!

Back of Blowing Wind
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. I love the swirling branched designs! I was looking for a cloud design. The closest I came was to take the body portion out of the butterfly and have it empty turning it into a cloud. Do you have one like this? Although I practice doodling, it really helps to watch how you make the paths.

  2. When I saw this design, I let out a big AHH!!!! I so love this one, and it's perfect for a piece I'm making for our upcoming quilt show. The theme is Making Waves. How awesome is that?
    Thank you so much!!

  3. Your website is no longer a threat!!!!! Yay

  4. This is drop dead gorgeous! I took a class from Karen McTavish and am always looking for good branching variations. Don't know whether I like this or Poseidon's Eye better.

  5. OK. I'm just gonna throw this out there. I LOVE this design, and am for sure going to use it, but, Leah, honey, would you mind terribly........if in my own little head........I called it..........."Breaking Wind"? :) <3

  6. This is so cool - one of my favorites so far. So much texture and movement. I look forward to more of these types.

  7. oh what perfect timing! This design is just right for the quilt I am making for my son. It's queen/king size (not sure yet depends on the borders) and has large blocks that this design will fill nicely. I have been stressing because it's so big but this will be great - and won't take me forever to quilt it up. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You are brilliant.

  8. I really like this one! I'm having some serious "quilt block". Just finished two tops in one week with no idea on how to quilt one of them. Blowing Wind might be the half the answer for the most difficult one!


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