The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 347 - Super Circuit Board

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 347 - Super Circuit Board

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're having a wonderful time with family and friends, eating good food, enjoying nice weather, and giving thanks for another year.

We're gathering this evening for a Thanksgiving feast that can't be beat, so this afternoon I'm blogging, working on the site, and generally getting prepare for the usual holiday craziness.

But before I run off to work on the site, let's learn a new design called Super Circuit Board:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This is another variation of a much older design called Circuit Board. In this case, I caught myself wondering "What would happen if you blew up circuit board and made it gigantic, then echoed those lines until your quilt was filled?" The answer is Super Circuit Board!

Difficulty Level - Beginner. This design is quite easy because there is almost no travel stitching involved! Focus first on stitching the foundational line which is basically a huge, blocky maze. Then simply echo this line until your quilting space is entirely filled.

Design Family - Foundational. This design type is one of my favorites because once you set the foundation, there isn't a lot to think or obsess about. Just echo, echo, echo. It's rather meditative to stitch the same, or a similar pattern, repeatedly and once you get comfortable with the design, it's very easy to apply just about anywhere to your quilts.

Directional Texture - No Direction. While the lines of Super Circuit Board do seem to come from all directions, the overall effect of this design is very flat and directionless. Think of how a maze looks - the straight lines and sharp angles will draw your eye because all the movement stops in these places.

Suggestions for Use - Experimenting with modern quilts last weekend was so much fun, I'm definitely going to continue piecing up simple quilts using my now-favorite L shaped block.

Making such simple quilts has created many questions - what if I made wiggly blocks? And what if these blocks were quilted with Super Circuit Board to create a maze over the surface? What would this quilt look like? What effect would it have?

It sounds like I'm going to be in the studio playing with modern quilting quite a lot this winter!

Back of Super Circuit Board
free motion quilting | Leah DayFeel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day

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