The Free Motion Quilting Project: Day 364 - Flowing Leaves

Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 364 - Flowing Leaves

I guess I’m on a leaf kick this week! This particular Flowing Leaves design is definitely going to be one of my favorites!

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt has been such a weirdly warm year this December, so there's quite a few leaves still on the trees. Wouldn't it be cool to see how many different leaf shapes work with this particular design? Oak and maple leaves would certainly look cool, though they might be tricky to keep consistent on a quilt.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. Flowing Leaves is on the complex side, but if you take it slow, and concentrate first on stitching the initial leaf shape, then filling it with the simple vein design, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Design Family - Pivoting. This design sure looks a far sight away from Paisley, the design that inspired it! The basic composition of these two designs is still the same so Flowing Leaves should be able to go in most areas of your quilts with no problem.

Directional Texture - All Directions. Leaves flow in all different directions and stand out boldly on your quilt thanks to the large amount of travel stitching this design requires.

Suggestions for Use - This design really reminds me of the batik shirts my husband and son wear in the summer. Maybe bring back a little of that heat with a summer inspired quilt! Stitch Tropical Flower in the blocks, Swirling Petals in the sashing, and Flowing Leaves in the borders. Just make sure your fabrics are hot, bright, and beautiful and you’ll have a winning combination with this one.

Feel free to use this free motion quilting design in your quilts

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I can see this being one of your favorites for sure. It's beautiful.

  2. Yay!! This design looks very appealing to me, very neat snd fresh. I look forward to the "final" design of your goal, as you have been in my reader since some of your very first designs :)

  3. Panic attack time! Are you seriously going to stop with designs on day 365? How dull a day would be without Leah Day's newest free-motion video?

  4. Hettie - Don't worry! The designs, videos, and free motion fun definitely won't be ending tomorrow!



  5. I love this week's designs. This one really is a winner!

  6. This one is a definite favourite! I love the texture - yum!

  7. This is by far my favorite out of all the designs.

  8. The Fowing leaves are just so lovely, thank you for them!

  9. I love all your designs but this one is especially nice. Thanks for getting me started on free motion quilting!

  10. Leah this is beautiful! I have to tell you that when I found you oh so very long ago like day 3 in your FMQ I was an awe then and I still am. I know personally I have 43 people that watch you religiously once I got them settled into where you were..then my friend Vicky K got her guild involve and you became our shining star for free motion quilting. Thank you so very much for teaching all of us and I will still be looking ahead for what comes next.....Merry Christmas

  11. I love this one Leah! it's beautiful!!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your hubby and little boy and all the best in 2012! Thank you again for all your wonderful designs and inspiration and for your personal posts sharing your strength, resolve, and personal acceptance.
    - Angie

  12. Oh, my goodness! If I had not already signed up to try the Free Motion Quilting 2012 Challenge, those leaves would have made me do it. I hope when I get to the 12th month I will be able to do those, to. They are beautiful.

  13. These last 2 leaf designs have been lovely!
    Thank you for all of your work in doing this!!

  14. This is such a fun design. Great job Leah.

    Thank you!



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