The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilt Along #42 - Bust Your Sash with Spiral Ornaments

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Quilt Along #42 - Bust Your Sash with Spiral Ornaments

Thanks a bunch to everyone sharing your opinions about Cheater Cloth yesterday. While yes, "cheater" implies something bad, I also view these pre-printed fabric panels as just another style of wholecloth.

Of course, the one issue about designing this is how to actually get it IN fabric. Many of you mentioned reservations about Spoonflower simply because of the expense of $18 per yard fabric.

It's really a cost vs. time issue here. I can upload a design this morning to Spoonflower, which is a print-fabric-on-demand company that anyone can design for, and have fabric ordered and on its way to me immediately.

Contrast this to traditional fabric designing - I can design something and hand it off to a big fabric design firm, and I might see those prints ready to sell in 6 to 8 months to coincide with the spring and fall Quilt Market.

So I think the best approach is multiple options. I'll design and quilt on the stuff, and you will always have the option of the Spoonflower panel, or the option to make it yourself, or draw it on fabric yourself. Easy peasy!

With that little aside out of the way, let's switch gears to the Free Motion Quilt Along! It's the end of November and the last week of Quilt Busting Designs. This week we're going to blast through the sashing of your quilts with Spiral Ornaments:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This cute design would be nice for a holiday quilt, and maybe combined with other designs like Icicle Lights and Star Flower.  Definitely a lot of places to play here!

Difficulty Level - Beginner.

Design Family - Edge to Edge.

So now that we've finished up with 4 great Quilt Busters, have you been able to blast through a few projects on your list in time for the holidays?

Just remember that if you quilt a little every single day, you will see not only enormous improvement in your quilting ability, you'll also see a lot of progress with every quilting project you have in progress.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I love spoonflower. Prices of fabric have been going up in my LQS and I'm starting to see it less as an investment. Buying spoonflower is more like buying indie art. Follow spoonflower and buy when they have a special.

    Doesn't hurt that it is a local company to me and I know the owners, too.

  2. Hi the video looks really easy, I hope make something like that.

    Thanks for share it.

    Costa Rica

  3. It's a brilliant pattern. I'm still midway through doing my placemats with the star design but this video has definitely made me see that I could achieve this design myself. Thanks heaps x

  4. I love that design for the sashing, I think sometimes it can be hard to find just the right design for sashing. Watching your video I thought that could easily be modified into a treble clef design on a quilt for someone musically minded. Thanks Leah!


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