The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 330 - Superstar

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day 330 - Superstar

It’s a bird! No! It’s a plane! NO! It’s a Superstar!

free motion quilting | Leah DayI can’t resist my “super” designs! So far we’ve learned Super Daisy, and Super Spiral so now let’s add a Superstar to the mix as well.

You won’t be believe just how easy this Superstar is to quilt - just start with a basic star shape and go from there. Watch the video below to see what I mean:

Difficulty Level - Beginner. While it might look confusing, once you try to stitch this design, you’ll quickly see how easy it is. Just start with a basic star shape, then continue to expand the lines, building up rows and rows of echoing until you have a Superstar.

Design Family - Center Fill. This design starts in the center of your block and radiates out from there. If you’d like it to look like a large star on your quilt, start in the center and build it up until it’s the size you like, then stop quilting. If you’d rather the star fill an entire block, keep quilting echoes until the entire space is filled.

Directional Texture - Center Focused. This design is going to read flatter and more directionless than most center focused designs because of how the overlapping lines of the star end up looking a lot like a grid.

Suggestions for Use - The holidays are coming up in just a few months and that has put me into a simple gift making mode. One super simply gift that would also be a great way to practice free motion quilting would be a set of placemats. Stitch Superstar into the center of each placemat, then choose another design to quilt around the star so it stands out nicely on the surface.

Back of Superstar
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. Wow this is great! I've made the stars before, but not a superstar. So cute!

  2. I just noticed the title of today's design. I have to share this video:

  3. Leah, I love all your designs, and have used many in my quilting. Here's a about bringing out a ring- holder book of all your designs, each design illustrated on one page, with basic explanation such as type of design and start point, and suggestions for use on a quilt. I am sure many of your fans [me included] would find this an invaluable reference placed next to the sewing machine...would'nt have to spend time searching and downloading from the computer, with more time for quilting.
    Thank you for your fantastic've made me fall in love with quilting all over again.

  4. Perfect! Your idea at the end of your post, states to practise by making a placemat for Christmas and that is exactly what I came online looking for i.e a design to free motion quilt onto some placemats I've just cut up and layered ready to quilt. I think I might stick to the basic star but we'll see how it goes and how the mood strikes me :-)


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