The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 273 - Heart Confetti

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 273 - Heart Confetti

Here's a design that should have run in February for Valentine's Day! This cheerful, Heart Confetti can cover your quilt quickly and easily with beautiful heart shaped texture, perfect for bed or baby quilts:

free motion quilting | Leah DayAh! I'm finally getting back on track now that preschool has resumed and I have a few hours to myself this morning. It's amazing how much that makes a difference for all of us.

So while James is in school for the morning, I'm planning to jump back into the studio and play with hand embroidery! I've been craving some simple hand projects I can work on around the house or outside enjoying the sunshine.

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This is a very easy design! Just stitch hearts! The nice thing about Overlapping Designs is you don't really have to think about what you're doing. Just stitch and make the shapes and layer them on top of one another randomly and it will make for a beautiful design.

Design Family - Overlapping. We haven't had very many of these yet because they are tricky to design. I find that if I overlap complex shapes the shape usually gets lost in all the lines of quilting.

For these hearts, I solved the problem by doubling the shape with a close echo which makes the hearts stand out, even when overlapped several times.

Directional Texture - All Directions. When you really stack the hearts thickly, the texture can get lost in this design. If you're quilting this on a bed quilt, try only overlapping 1-2 times and concentrate on making large, space filling hearts that cover 4-5 inches of quilt in a single pass. This way Heart Confetti will stand out beautifully and finish your quilt in no time!

Suggestions for Use - This speedy quick design will be best used on a soft and cuddly quilt for the bed, couch, or crib. If you need a super quick quilt for a friend, try basting just red fabric and quilting Heart Confetti over the whole surface in white thread. It's sure to finish fast and look gorgeous!

Back of Heart Confetti
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 really like the simplicity of this - and it's easy enough for me as a beginner because of the layering. Thanks!

  2. This is a great design! Easy and fast. I made a quilt as you go baby quilt with bright colors and a different design in each block. It was a huge hit. My freinds could not believe that it was all quilted. I want to practice more designs, but make something at the same time. I am going to make large rectangular blocks and stitch each with a different design. Then I will have an assortment of placemats. I can use different colors and make seasonal designs for the whole year. Contrasting colors front and back will make them reversible. Can be a fast, fun gift to give.


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