The Free Motion Quilting Project: 80. Free Motion Quilt Tangle of Lights, #421

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

80. Free Motion Quilt Tangle of Lights, #421

Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you're kicking back and enjoying all the food, fun, and good times with family and friends that this time of the year brings. No, there might not be a lot of time for quilting, but just in case you find a tiny bit of time to hop on your machine today, here's a super cute design that fits right in with this time of the year:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Tangle of Lights is a super simple combination of Loopy Line and the stars from Icicle Lights. This design flows quite easily and can be expanded to cover large areas or shrunk down to fill in tiny spots. If you're already planning your quilt projects next Christmas, this will be a great choice for a fast, fun fill to use in any area of your quilts.

Let's learn how to quilt it:

Whew! It's been a super fun year working together on Express Your Love and learning loads of new, beautiful free motion quilting designs. We've run the gambit from interesting artistic techniques to crazy complicated foundation piecing methods.

My hope is these fun techniques and designs will open your eyes to the thousands of possibilities for quilting. If you're feeling bored and tired of the same old techniques, trying something new and slightly challenging is usually the best solution!

I'll be updating the Express Your Love Quilt Along page today so all the posts are listed together in one place. While this hasn't been a linear step-by-step quilt along, it's still nice to be able to find the videos easily.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Now next year the format for our quilt along and new designs will be changing. The Building Blocks Quilt Along will be a step-by-step guide in both piecing and free motion quilting on a super beginner level as we work block by block through the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern. These posts will be added every Monday starting January 6th!

We're also going to continue learning new designs and returning to the original way of numbering them (Day 421 - Tangle of Lights). So don't be confused if you suddenly see the numbers change in January! New designs will be posted every Thursday, with our FMQF link up still on Fridays.

So that's it for this year! It's time for me to head upstairs and make some egg nog and cookies so Santa has something to enjoy when he comes for a visit tonight *wink*

Let's go quilt,



  1. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas present! I love this design­čî▓

  2. So simple yet beautiful, I love it.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your boys, Leah! I appreciate all you do and share, admire you tremendously, and wish you all the happiness and success in 2014!!!!
    Angie m

  4. How beautiful! And so appropriate. Leah you are so creative. Merry Christmas.

  5. Wow! That is gorgeous! You are so talented.

  6. What a great pattern. Thank you for sharing it! This one I will use. And thanks for all you have done for us throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

  7. You are amazing! So kind to teach us all these great FMQ patterns. I needed an all-over design for my son's twister quilt I'm working on and I think this will be perfect!

  8. Leah, I am a new quilter and so far have only done straight line quilting but am gearing up for free motion. This design is just bound to become a classic. I can't believe how simple it is yet how striking- thanks for such a neat holiday present!

  9. What a great design. So great, in fact, that a few weeks ago, I did my own quilting for the first time using this pattern. And, now I am coming across this post. Great minds, great minds. :)

  10. I love this design,I know it's supposed to be a Christmas themed design but when I look at it I see stars or spur rowels and reata loops that will be perfect on my latest Western themed quilt!

  11. Hi love the design, what machine are you using

    1. This was quilted on either the Janome Horizon 7700 or 8900. Both machines are so similar they're hard to tell apart in video.


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