The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilt Along #29 - Fun with Hearts!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Quilt Along #29 - Fun with Hearts!

Great news! Harry is fixed!  Unfortunately my computer's memory had to be wiped clean and a new motherboard installed, but this actually worked out well because it finally kicked me into getting Josh's computer set up with the right software to edit videos, and if this week's video is any guide, I think he's going to do a great job!

This week we're going to learn 5 new designs, which may sound like a lot, but in actuality this will be very easy.  All we're doing is taking Stippling, Sharp Stippling, Zippling, Circuit Board, and Loopy Line and mixing them with Hearts!

Difficulty Level - Beginner.

Design Family - Independent.

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Now for the 5 designs for this week, let's work on some new terminology.  Whatever design you start with (Stippling, Sharp Stippling, Zippling, Circuit Board, or Loopy Line), let's call those our Base Line Designs because this line is what will be doing all the work, fitting and filling in the space and linking all the hearts together.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

And don't run away with the idea that only hearts work with these base line designs!  You can use any shape, any symbol - circles, squares, spirals, leaves, triangles, stars, etc.  If you can stitch it in thread, you can definitely add it to these baseline designs.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

The neat thing about these designs is they can be used to create a more unique, themed quilting design for your particular quilt.  In the video I used the example of a space quilt, maybe something like this:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This quilt is obviously already quilted, but I have another one in the works that's much bigger and will need to be quilted very open for a bed quilt.  The background could easily be filled with any baseline design mixed with stars so it fits the theme of the quilt.

Another fun theme would be a Valentines day quilt.  If you're going to bother appliqueing hearts, why not add them to the quilting as well?

The sky is really the limit for the number of designs you can create this way!  Play with different shapes and symbols you like this week and see what textures appeal to you the best.

How do you know if one of these designs will look good on your quilt? You'll just have to audition them over your quilt top and see!

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Let's go quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Leah
    How do you do your sharp points? Is there something I am missing, a trick , a stop?
    I have no trouble doing curves but struggle with designs with any sharp turns. Mine are always slightly rounded.

  2. I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for adding text to your videos. One of my bff is deaf, and now she can get the most out of your blog too!

  3. No "day dreaming" while doing this exercise....hehehe!

  4. They are nice. I recently did a star pattern for a Buzz Lightyear quilt I made for my grandson.


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