The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 266 - Sea Oat Flower

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 266 - Sea Oat Flower

I was recently flipping through my design books and I realized that we just don't have enough flower designs on the project. Since it's spring and flowers are popping up everywhere, it should be very easy to come up with several new designs!

So here's something fun to start with: take Sea Oats (or Sea Algae) and stitch it in a circle:

free motion quilting | Leah DayI really like how lacy and delicate this flower turned out. It's a lot more open than most of my flower designs, and more simplistic.

Also notice that I didn't even try to make this flower fit into the square space I'm quilting in. For a flower like this, it would have ruined it to try to fill in the whole square.

It's best to keep this one simple and limit the sets of petals to 2 or 3 rows tops. It's going to make the flower smaller, but much easier to stitch and better looking for it.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is really easy! Start with your circle and radiate out with a set of Sea Oat petals working in one direction. The second set of petals fits in between the first, and swirl in the opposite direction to fill the circular space evenly.

Design Family - Center Fill. These designs start in the center, then work out to fill you quilting space. For this particular design, keeping the flower small (2 sets of petals) is going to work best because of the way the petals interlock together.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. You can't help but see and focus on the pretty flower texture that this design has!

Suggestions for Use - I don't know why, but I keep wanting to see this design on my purse or as the decorative touch to a skirt or pair of jeans. It's light and simple, which makes for a terrific touch of color and texture anywhere you want to put it.

Back of Sea Oat Flower
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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Leah Day


  1. This design is lovely! I am 'collecting' possible quilting designs for a sampler I am trying to finish, and this would be perfect for some of the blocks with circular or concentric motifs! Thanks again for all the inspiration - it really is amazing to see how your designs develop one from another! Keep up the great work.

  2. Love this one! I think it would be gorgeous in a quilt with big open squares alternating with a pieced block, especially with a pretty floral print.

    Thank you for all your great designs!

  3. Que diseño tan maravilloso.
    Yo me he comprado una Bernina y estoy empezando a practicar siguiendo tus vídeos.
    Muchas gracias

  4. Oh my goodness Leah! This is definitely one of my favorites so far! Just gorgeous! I love it and can't wait to try it on something.=)

  5. very fresh and happy looking!

  6. This is just beautiful and by far my favorite. I agree with "quiltin' Jenny" about the style of quilt this would work well in, and as luck has it I'm piecing one now! Can't wait to finish the piecing so I can try out this design!!

  7. Leah

    I really love this design. Just itching to make something to try it on. Tanks.

  8. This design has me excited! My quilting is done to finish a quilt and I don't concern myself with filling space and other things that you take into consideration when you quilt. I see this design in all those seting squares that repro quilters use ..... a very unique design .....


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