The Free Motion Quilting Project: 36. Learn how to Quilt Foundation Puzzle, #393

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

36. Learn how to Quilt Foundation Puzzle, #393

Do you ever stop and think - What would happen if I stitch a block like this? or What would happen if I put those two colors next to one another? or What will happen if I piece that fabric in this arrangement?

Questions like these are intuitive and natural to anyone creating a quilt. Once those first beginning stages are mastered, your natural curiosity should be your guide to ever more interesting experiences in piecing, color play, and quilting.

Today's design was created from just such a question - what will happen if I break up a space with several foundational lines, then fill those spaces with closed spirals? The answer: What happens is you get an awesome new texture!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This worked out so easily and looked so great in the block, I already added it to the background of Express Your Love:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Now let's learn how to stitch it!

Design Family - Foundational.

Difficulty Level - Advanced. I'd say the only downside about this design is it might be a bit time consuming. You could easily speed the process up by stitching open spirals into all the spaces instead of closed spirals because that will eliminate a ton of travel stitching.

Still, I like the travel stitching and darker quality of this design, no matter how time consuming it makes the design. In terms of intensity this is a design that's going to ratchet any area of your quilt up a notch!

Let's go quilt,



  1. Or Leah you could do it on a special item, like a potholder!

  2. That's such an interesting design. I think it could be very cobweb like if stitched with a silver coloured thread. Thank you Leah!


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