The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 269 - Sea Weed Flower

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 269 - Sea Weed Flower

Inspiration really can come from anywhere! One of my favorite books is "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer. In the book, an alien has come to Earth from a water planet where it was a sea weed.

The way the author described the sea weeds, large tentacle plantlike creatures with millions of eyes, was so real I decided to try to stitch a version of it in free motion.

free motion quilting | Leah DaySimilar to "The Host" is "The Puppet Masters" by Robert Heinlein, also an excellent read, and both are terrific audio books. I like both books because they aren't super scary, even though their about aliens invading our planet.

Now let's learn how to stitch these Sea Weeds into our quilts!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is actually an easier version of Lollipop Flower because this time you can stitch wiggly lines to make the spirals and eliminate the need for so much travel stitching.

Design Family - Center Fill. Working from the center of your quilting space, this design will work best in large, open areas of your quilt. You can make your Sea Weed Flowers are big as you want, but it would be a tricky design to try to squish in a very small area.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. You really can't miss the bulls-eye like texture of this design! Place it in the centers of applique flowers for a really neat focal point.

Suggestions for Use - There are so many big, bright floral prints out this year that this design would look terrific on.

Try to find a print with giant flowers and stitch a sea weed flower on top of each one. It's great practice for stitching from the center out and the printed flower design will give you a good visual base to work on.

I ran a quick Google search and found Amy Butler's new spring line and this Bliss fabric would be just perfect!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. hehe. :) I remember that book! I think it's fun that it is the inspiration.

  2. Que bonita. Parece que tiene movimiento.

  3. I'm sure I'm not the only one who looks forward to each of your free motion videos. I thought it was about time I said THANK YOU!!!!! You're so kind to share them all with us :o).
    Joy :o)

  4. Génial votre technique.

  5. I've learned a lot watching your videos, and I really appreciate your doing the FMQ Project.

    I just finished a wall hanging that incorporated this Sea Weed Flower pattern, and also used lollipop fill and wiggly woven lines. Thought you might like to see what you've inspired:

    (hope the link works)


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