The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 313 - Feather Snail

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 313 - Feather Snail

What would happen if you stitched Butterfly Feather Flower as a giant spiral? Let’s try it and see!

free motion quilting | Leah DayI found this to be a bit tricky to line up the circles properly on the first try, but after marking the spiral guideline it got much, much easier. Just mark the spiral, then stitch up to that line with your feather and everything should work out beautifully.

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This is a great way to practice quilting feathers, spirals, circles, and travel stitch all at once! Focus on making the circles and the feathers will work out perfectly. Allow the spiral to take the shape of your marked guideline and that will be taken care of as well so all you really need to worry about is travel stitching carefully between each feather.

Design Family - Center Fill. Feather Snail starts in the center and radiates out to fill your quilting space. Experiment with this design to discover which direction works best for you. Do you quilt better working clockwise or counter-clockwise?

Directional Texture - Center Focused. You can’t miss this blast of swirling texture! The nice thing about this design is you can easily take the circular shape out to the edges to fill the block completely or you can leave it as a circular spiral.

Suggestions for Use - Who says quilt borders must be boring? Pick a point, draw a guideline spiral, and fill that space with a huge Feather Snail, stretching out and filling up the border, sashing, blocks - whatever the snail wants to cover!

Back of Feather Snail
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. Really nice article about you on the blog for Generation Q:

  2. Thanks for that link Penny, great article! Rock on Leah!

  3. Thanks Leah, I'm using this for a table runner - on triangles, not perfect by any means, lol... but looks cool from the distance....


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