The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 341 - Cracked Paisley

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 341 - Cracked Paisley

What happens when you hit Paisley with a hammer? Cracked Paisley!

free motion quilting | Leah DayAll this week I've been working, working, working on new designs. With more than 365 created, it's now time to fill in the gaps - finding the designs that fit in between a beginner design, like paisley, and a more advanced design, like this cracked paisley.

The hardest thing now is keeping up with all the names!

Difficulty Level - Advanced. Yes, this looks complex, but the trick is to stitch this only in areas that can fit a really big tear drop shape so it will be easier to travel inside and fill the space with cracks.

Design Family - Pivoting. A really neat thing to experiment with this design will be the effect of the echoes. The echoes are soft and curvy, but the cracks are jagged, straight lines and sharp angles. The more rings of echoing, the more funky this design will become!

Directional Texture - All Directions. Because you have a combination of two such different textures, this is going to be one serious eye-catching design! Make sure to place this somewhere in your quilt it has more than enough room to stand out and show off.

Suggestions for Use - Personally I’m intrigued by the idea of stitching this design in two parts: first stitch the large tear drops, but leave them open. Then go back inside with a different thread color to fill each open space. What would this two color texture look like??? You can’t know until you stitch it!

Back of Cracked Paisley
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion filler design in your quilts,
and make sure to tell your friends where you learned it!

Click here to support the project by visiting our online quilt shop.

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Leah -- this is really unique... thanks for sharing... btw: I also appreciate the reviews you have been doing on the DSM's and other products. Much appreciated... take care... Karen


Help us create more quilting tutorials! Check out our quilt shop at