The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 265 - Patchwork Farmland

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 265 - Patchwork Farmland

What a long, dreary weekend! Maybe it was the weather matching my mood because I finally got started on taxes and spent the whole weekend on my computer trying to make sense of everything.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! This rain is bringing loads of new, bright green growth to all our trees and plants outside. Spring is officially here, so let's celebrate by learning how to stitch another landscape type design on our quilts:

free motion quilting | Leah DayA few weeks ago, I shared Landscape Stitch, which would be a great design to create rolling hills or mountains in the background of your quilt.

This design, Patchwork Farmland, would be perfect for creating organic farm pastures as seen from aerial photography.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is really quite easy! Just start quilting in one direction with some wiggly lines, then when you get a patch the size you like, switch directions and create a new patch working perpendicularly to the first.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. This design is worked from one edge of your quilting space to the other so it's going to work best in the open, uncomplicated areas of your quilt.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. The more wiggly you make your patches, the less horizontal or vertical this will appear. Play with varying the size and scale of each area for a very interesting effect.

Suggestions for Use - How about another small landscape quilt? Start with a 12" square and mark only a wiggly horizon line and maybe a small square farmhouse through the middle. Quilt the entire bottom using Patchwork Farmland to create a fun pastoral setting.

Back of Patchwork Farmland
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. Really like todays pattern Leah. I've been reading (and enjoying) for a while so felt I should say hi.


  2. Hmmm, I had the same kind of weekend, Leah, with taxes and dreary weather! But a little quilting did cheer me up.

    Love this design, with a great name too, for the fields of farmland here in Iowa... I'm sure I'll try it!


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