The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 295 - Escalator Spiral

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 295 - Escalator Spiral

It's time to get this show back on the road! Missing Monday and Tuesday makes my whole week feel weird, so let's make up for it with a funky new design. This is Escalator Spiral:

free motion quilting | Leah DayThis design was inspired by Deco Planks. After looking at the first design, I realized the triangle shapes reminded me of the moving lines of an escalator. Placed in a spiral , the quilted lines almost look like their moving!

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This design was sponsored by the Ultimate Quilting Kit, a collection of the 3 tools that make free motion quilting much easier to master on your home sewing machine.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. I've been reading a few forums lately and noticing that many quilters feel my designs are too complex and intimidating. Sorry about that!

While yes, many of the designs are complex, you can easily build up to being able to quilt them! To practice this Escalator Spiral, first try Spiral Illusion or Square Spiral and see if that helps you get the hang of the first step of this design.

Design Family - Foundational. This design starts with the sharp angled spiral that acts as the base of the entire design. Once you get this foundation line set, then all you have to do is stitch inside with the funky triangle shapes until the entire space is filled.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. You can't miss the bulls-eye like texture this design creates! Definitely place Escalator Spiral somewhere you want to attract a lot of attention.

Suggestions for Use - There are so many cute, applique quilts that could use a little extra texture in the centers of the flowers or cornerstones of the sashing. Try this design in those spaces for a punch of texture and extra touch of design.

Back of Escalator Spiral
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel Free to use this free motion filler design 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. Oh, I want to comment on complex.... I guess I have been watching you do these patterns for so long I don't think of them as complex. You make it seem doable. You go slow and you explain A LOT....

    On think I do think is your quilting is very dense - and that might seem complex. Like Escalator Spiral could be done with wider planks and triangles further apart and probably get the same movement.

  2. Wow! I think I'll wait on tryin that one out, but I'm impressed!!

    I like the new look to your blog.


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