The Free Motion Quilting Project: 42. Learn how to Quilt Little Tongues, #397

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

42. Learn how to Quilt Little Tongues, #397

It's quilting time! Here's a fun echoing design to play with in the background of Express Your Love. I'm calling it Little Tongues:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Why such a weird name? Well I find after naming nearly 400 designs that it's the memorably weird names that stick in my head and I recall best on the fly. There's no doubt I'll remember this design when it comes time to pick a nice texture to quilt in another quilt!

Within Express Your Love, this design worked great in the background. Keeping all the shapes around the same size (same number of echoes) will result in a simple repeating texture like this:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So where will you use Little Tongues? Make sure to give this a try sometime this week so you can link up with us on Free Motion Quilting Friday!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Thanks again for the tutorial! Can you show some of your machine? I have the Janome 6500- is yours a newer one? And what about thread? What are you using? Sorry if you have said it before- I missed it...

  2. great tutorial like the way you make adjustments. Looks like paper clips or braided rugs to me

  3. This is one of your best tutorials ever, Leah. I love the way you demoed the different texture that is achieved with a couple of echoes versus many echoes. Also, the demo for how to quilt your way out of jam is ALWAYS appreciated. I have learned so, so much from how you handle those awkward spaces and "oops" moments.

  4. I tried it our last night and I like it. The stitching is easy and the texture is nice. I will definitely use this on the baby quilt I'm working on now.

    Thank you for all the designs and videos. They are great for newbies like me.

  5. I think this stunning FM design, called "Little Tongues" is fast, easy and fabulous and would probably make ideal 'Cactus plants'...on a Desert-style quilt. Can't wait to try it. Sewing machine, here I come! Thanks leah for the awesome demo. You rock!!!


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