The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 316 - Star Flower Bands

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 316 - Star Flower Bands

So far we’ve learned Star Flower, which is a center filled flower, Star Flower Flow, an echoing variation, and now let’s see what happens when we quilt this beautiful shape from Edge to Center to create Star Flower Bands:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Occasionally I’ll create a combination of shapes and textures that just seem to work with every design type. Star flower is such a simple design - a straight lined star surrounded with flame-like petals - but there are probably hundreds of ways to use single design element on your quilts.

If you ever feel confused about how to use the designs from this project, why not experiment? Stitch a few designs in different areas of your quilt and record how easy it is to quilt the designs in the different areas. Trial and error really is the name of the game and even I don't know exactly where all designs will work and look the best!

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This simple design starts with a curvy line of quilting, then you stitch a straight line star, then surround that star with a row of flaming petals, then stitch back to your starting line with a few more curvy lines of quilting. Once you fill one side of your quilt with this texture, travel to the other side and just stitch a series of 4-5 curvy lines up to the Star Flowers, connecting with the texture to create a band effect. 

Design Family - Edge to Center. You could easily quilt this design either from Edge to Center or from Edge to Edge, the choice is entirely yours. As an Edge to Edge design, you would have to stitch across the star one more time, then branch out with the wavy lines from the opposite end.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. Star Flower Bands will always have either a horizontal or vertical texture. You can play with this effect by adding more echoes around the star flower petals, or more lines to the curvy line areas.

Suggestions for Use - All of the star flower designs make me think of the holidays! Try quilting this across a 2” x 6” piece of fabric, then finish the edges and add a snap to create a cute napkin ring for a festive touch to your table setting.

Back of Star Flower Bands
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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Leah Day


  1. Wow. You've outdone yourself. This is BEAUTIFUL!

  2. This one would have been perfect in the sashing of my last quilt! I will definitely bookmark it for a future one! Thanks again, Leah!

  3. Another great design. I love this one!

  4. What a great pattern. I'm anxious to use it on my next quilt.

  5. This may become my new favorite!

  6. So simple, so easy, so original, and so beautiful!

  7. The star flower band is gorgeous! I absolutely love it and definitely will use it! Thanks.

  8. Definitely one of the best ones!

  9. Wonderful! I will have to practice this one for sure!

  10. It's not really related to the post, I just wanted to check in with you, Leah, and tell what's up. Do you remember me, Jo? I've been following you since the beginning and made you some response videos on YouTube. Anyhow, I'm four weeks into teaching my friend's 12 year old daughter how to quilt and it's going FABULOUSLY. I want to thank you so much for turning me into the quilter I am today, and now it's being passed onto her. You should be proud!! LOL

  11. I really like this design and can't wait to try it out!


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