The Free Motion Quilting Project: #432 - Free Motion Quilt Fish Fins

Thursday, April 24, 2014

#432 - Free Motion Quilt Fish Fins

It's been awhile since I posted a new quilting design, and this one is perfect for the start of fishing season!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This pivoting design is pretty similar to Swirling Petals and Spike Paisley, except the outer echo is pointy like a fish's fins. I admit, this pointy echo doesn't come naturally to me, so I had to concentrate a bit more while quilting around the spike shapes.

Let's watch the video to see how this pretty design works in free motion!

When quilting like this, it's important to have both control over the quilting square, and the ability to move it smoothly and evenly over the surface of the machine. Here's a few tools that I'm using in the video that might make this process easier for you too!

Now WHERE will Fish Fins work best in a quilt? Because this design works in single clusters (stitch the spikes, pivot, echo to expand the shape) you can pretty much fit this design anywhere! Stitch it through your sashing to add a funky, fish theme around blocks, or shrink it down a bit to quilt around appliques. The sky (or should we say sea?) is the limit with this fun design!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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