The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 309 - Creative Flames

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 309 - Creative Flames

I’m in a super funky mood today so let’s try to come up with a super funky design! This is a terrific mixture of Flaming Paisley and a simple spiral. The two come together to make Creative Flames:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Looking back I realize we have several mixtures of Paisley and spirals! If you like this combination make sure to check out Spiral Petals, Spiral Paisley, Sixes Swirl, and Pointy Maze.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. Focus on first stitching your spiral with this design and make it as bit or as small as you like. Then pivot and swirl around with an organic flame shape. Pivot and echo the flame and spiral base as many times as you like.

When you get bored, just swirl into a new spiral in a slightly different direction.

Design Family - Pivoting. Have you checked out all the different pivoting designs we have lately? This is one of my favorite filler design types so there are more than 30 designs to choose from in this area. Make sure to check it out and try a pivoting design on your next quilt!

Directional Texture - All Directions. You can’t beat this swirling, spiral texture! Experiment with stitching the starting spiral as a closed spiral or open spiral to see how this can change the texture of the entire design.

Suggestions for Use - Swirling flames like this one look really neat when combined with graphic, straight lined designs. Maybe try mixing Creative Flames with Circuit Board or Left Turn, Right Turn for a really neat combination on the surface of your quilts!

Back of Creative Flames
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. I love Creative Flames...I think I would have called them Fancy Seashells though. They are beautiful. Thanks Leah!

  2. Hi Leah....a question; if you don't mind. What do you keep your stitch length and tension on when FMQ?

  3. I love following your design count!! Isn't this day 309? You inspire me to try machine quilting and think outside my comfort zone. Thank you!!


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