The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 270 - Granddaddy Longlegs

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 270 - Granddaddy Longlegs

I know you're probably all getting sick of all these flower designs, so this is the last one for awhile!

I got to thinking the other day about how we have several spider web designs: Spider Web, Cobwebs in the Corners, and Web Fill, but no designs featuring an actual creepy crawler. So let's fix this by adding Granddaddy Longlegs to the project:

free motion quilting | Leah DayEven though I'm calling this a spider, it could also easily be used as a flower design anywhere in your quilts. I personally think this would be a great design to put in sashing cornerstones where it will add a nice touch of texture in a place normally left empty.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is a bit trickier than the other flower designs we've learned lately because of the large amounts of travel stitching. Just take it slow and make sure you can really see what you're doing as you stitch right along your previous line of stitching.

Design Family - Center Fill. This works from the center of your quilting space and you could start your spider with anything in the middle. A cluster of pebbles or a small spiral works great! 

Directional Texture - Center Focused. Granddaddy Longlegs looks like a large, creepy spider so of course your eyes are going to be drawn into the center. Play with making the center bigger for a different, more flower-like effect.

Suggestions for Use - How about a Halloween quilt with funky fabrics, Granddaddy Longlegs used in the blocks, Cobwebs in the Corners used in the sashing, and Web Fill in the borders? That would make for one creepy, fun quilt!

Back of Granddaddy Longlegs
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. Thanks for posting yet another idea for quilting one or two of my sampler blocks!

  2. I really like your designs where there is thread buildup. You are my quilting guru ! You've given me the confidence to stretch the "rules" and go with my own artistic heart. Thank you from the bottom of my "real" heart.

  3. eep! i think i have bad luck, i have horrid arachnophobia and as soon as i opened this a daddy long legs crawled over my foot! either way though, love the recent flower designs! using 3 in my most recent quilt :) thanks!


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