The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 325 - Wind Stitch

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 325 - Wind Stitch

Way back in the Spring of 2010 (which feels around 10 years ago now) I created several designs for the first Quilting Arts In Stitches online magazine. It’s finally time to add these designs to the project so let’s start with Wind Stitch:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I’ll admit that it’s kind of weird seeing these designs fitting into the project a full year and a half after I designed them. My designing ability and style has changed a lot since then and these designs stand out quite a bit against the other designs I’ve been working on lately.

Even now, I can look back and remember when a series of designs were created and sometimes notice patterns when designs were coming easily to me and when it was more of a struggle. It’s really interesting to see the ebb and flow of creativity that has surrounded this project since the beginning.

While I’d love to say that designing is always a simple process, it can sometimes be complicated by deadlines, stress, and other outside factors. After running through a period of quilter’s block this summer, I’m not being a lot more careful not to heap loads of pressure on my shoulders at once. It’s absolutely the best way to kill your creativity completely!

Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design is stitched in a really interesting way stitching spirals from edge to edge and filling in the background section with straight lines of quilting. If you have to, try marking a few straight lines on the quilt as guidelines so it’s easier to keep the design straight and even.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. Wind Stitch works from one edge of your quilting space to the other, and because this involves so many straight lines, it will likely work best in a narrow space, like your quilt’s sashing.

A fun variation to this design is Spiral Curtain which is basically the same design, only stitched with all straight lines and sharp angles.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. I really like this horizontal or vertical texture because the curvy spirals really stand out against the straight lines of the design.

Suggestions for Use - Since trashing my closet and throwing out more than 90% of my clothes, I've started taking a bit more interest in how I dress and accessorize. It seems now that I have less choice, I actually enjoy the process better!

One item I love to accessorize with is a red quilted cuff bracelet I made back in 2009. Even though red is my favorite color, I also wear a lot of blue, so maybe it's time to make a blue bracelet and this time quilt it with a thin channel of Wind Stitch. Sounds like a beautiful combination!

Back of Wind Stitch
free motion quilting | Leah Day
Feel 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 just added your blog button to my sidebar, and I'm a Follower. I quilt on a longarm and love learning new designs. Thanks.

  2. this is really adorable, I think!

  3. This one is lovely! Straight lines are a bit too advanced for me.

    I finished my second ever quilt with free motion this weekend and live the look of filler designs, rather than all over stippling. Which is so funny because the whole.reason I want to learn freemotion was to stipple on my quilts...turns out, that isn't my style. Thanks for.the inspiration (though my interpretations barely match your designs- bit of a learning curve!)

  4. I actually like the more open filler things you do, as I find it makes the quilt lighter, and of course sometimes makes the quiltinng go faster! BTW, I have been a follower of yours almost since the beginning of the project and I love it. You are incredibly generous with your ideas, and I was thrilled to see you win the quilting award from AQS earlier this year. Keep up the good work!

  5. Cute design Leah! Hope you have a wonderful week.

  6. I hate to say anything negative, as I love your project so much, but this is a repeat. I just thought you would want to know, as I couldn't be the only one who notices. It's the second one I've noticed. I don't remember which other one.
    I'd like to repeat that I love seeing the designs. Thank you so much for doing this.

  7. Rebecca - Hmmm...are you sure you haven't just seen this design published in the Quilting Arts Emag?

    I'd love to see the links to the repeated designs.


  8. This looks like Fiddlehead Ferns! It is lovely! :) Thanks Leah!


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