The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 357 - Deco Leaves

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 357 - Deco Leaves

Moving right along with these last designs to the project, here's another Art Deco inspired design called Deco Leaves:

free motion quilting | Leah DayOf course, looking at the photo above it's quite difficult to imagine what this design will look like in a real quilt or how it will work. So I sketched out a drawing of Deco Leaves around a block so you can see how it would look in the sashing or borders:

free motion quilting | Leah DayNotice in this drawing, I was experimenting with different ways of turning the corner. There's no one single way to turn a corner with this design, and while I've played with 4 ways here, I'm sure there are many more.

The start of the design is to stitch the triangle pattern through you quilting space, so however you turn the corner, you can set this in stone with the first line line of stitching. If you decide you like another way better, it's really as simple as ripping out some stitches and starting again.

Now let's see how a single triangle is quilted:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate. This design is a bit tricky, but you can always mark the initial triangle shapes to start and, with that visual guide, filling in the wiggly line and straight lines within should be much easier.

Design Family - Edge to Edge. Technically this could also be a Foundational Design since the design is based so fundamentally on the triangle shapes, but since it really depends on the edges of your quilting space to travel along to get into and form the rest of the design, I think it's best to stick it in the Edge to Edge category.

Directional Texture - 2 Directions. You can't miss the horizontal or vertical texture of this design, but as you can see from my sketch above, it's how you change directions in the corners that can really make a bit difference.

Suggestions for Use - For some reason I'm think of a bright, floral, overwhelmingly appliqued quilt for this design. Deco Leaves would make the perfect sashing or border design to calm down a complex space.

Back of Deco Leaves
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. Thank you for including the sketch of how this might look on a quilt. Sometimes I just have no clue how to go from your square quilt swatch to an entire quilt (or portion of).

  2. I totally agree with "anotheryarn" - seeing the drawing how and where to incorporate it into a quilt makes the design easier to invision.


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