The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 333 - Stone Portals

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 333 - Stone Portals

Let’s blast back into the past to Day 200 when I created a texture called Microscopic World. What would happen if that design suddenly went all square and boxy?

free motion quilting | Leah DayIs it me, or is time speeding up? It seems like I’ve blinked and suddenly we’re on day 333! We’re almost through with the original goal of 365 designs. Even though it’s taken more than double the time I was expecting, it has been a very fun, very challenging project.

Make sure to share the project with a friend today and so everyone will know about all the fun designs they can find here!

Difficulty Level - Advanced. Stone Portals is stitched in two parts: first the stone “wall” is stitched with various sizes of squares stacked together like Cubing, then you go inside and fill the inside space with Circuit Board.

Design Family - Foundational. This family of designs is really interesting. They're very different from other free motion quilting designs, but the basic rule is easy to understand and memorize: start with a foundation then fill from there.

In this situation the foundation is the lines of squares which you can take throughout your quilting space, or stitch in simple clusters at a time.

Directional Texture - No Direction. Graphic designs with straight lines and sharp angles tend to have a very flat, directionless texture. This doesn’t mean they’re ugly, they’re just different and will look very interesting on the surface of your quilt.

Suggestions for Use - Ever considered making a science fiction inspired quilt? Stone Portals, Wobbly Cosmos, Flowing Glass, and Edge of Reality would all make excellent designs to combine together to make a futuristic quilt.

Back of Stone Portals
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts
and send in a picture to show it off!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I love the idea of a sci fi quilt! Your list should include Alien Fingers, Bright Star, and Bubble Path Spiral (because it looks like a big wormhole to me!). And speaking of which - Wormholes too! I've also used Sand Dollar in the background of a small piece with a crescent moon. They came across as very starry/moony in that context.

  2. Leah, thanks for this design. I have a portal quilt I did in a class with Esterita Austin, and I think this would be an excellent choice for quilting. It's been in my "maybe later" project box for ages as I couldn't come up with a way to quilt it.

  3. I don't know about everyone else but I'm glad it's taken way more than 365 days for you to share your designs with us - you've also shared your progress on your creations and emergence of yourself

    I for one am looking forward to what else you have to share and teach us well after the 365 FMQ patterns (and I'm sure there are more from that creative mind of yours as well)

    Thank you Leah


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