The Free Motion Quilting Project: 50. Learn how to Quilt Missing Piece, Design #401

Monday, August 19, 2013

50. Learn how to Quilt Missing Piece, Design #401

It's time to quilt! Today I'm jumping back on the Spoonflower version of Express Your Love and quilting out a super cool design called Missing Piece:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This is very boxy and blocky, which makes it a bit tricky to fit within curvy, free form areas. If you're struggling to place it, try drawing straight lines across your quilt with a ruler to give you a reference for where to line up your starting squares.

Stitching this into a square or rectangle shape is a bit easier:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I also stitched this design on a larger, softer scale in the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers Volume 1:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Hopefully you can see that no matter where you stitch this design, and no matter how big or how small, it's always going to have a distinctive effect for your quilts! I really think this would be a great design to use for a man's quilt when you're looking for something with a more masculine effect.

Now let's learn how to quilt it:

Yep, you're going to deal with weird areas in this design and you'll just have to decide how best to fill those spaces as you hit them. Just remember this isn't one of those things that is either correct or incorrect - no grading allowed!

Now just in case you've been missing this info, let's set up some categories for this design! Click the links below to find more designs that are similar or easier to quilt than Missing Piece:

Difficulty Level - Intermediate

Design Family - Stacking 

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day


  1. I really like this one! Will def try it out this week. Thanks!

  2. Great work Leah! You are such an inspiration!

  3. I like this design a lot. It's perfect for a quilt I'm doing for my Grandpa - thanks!

  4. Think I might try this design in the border of my newest lap quilt. But straight line quilting is a challenge for me. Courage, courage!


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