The Free Motion Quilting Project: #435 - Free Motion Quilt Trapped Ripples

Friday, August 8, 2014

#435 - Free Motion Quilt Trapped Ripples

Whoa! I just recently searched through our lists of designs and realized we haven't learned a new design since May. Let's learn a fun new free motion quilting design and stitch a bit out of the box today with Trapped Ripples:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Check out those triangles! I love this combination of sharp angled shapes and curvy textures, and the best thing about this design is it works on any quilting scale. Above I quilted Trapped Ripples on a small scale, but here I stitched it on a larger scale for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers Volume 1:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So no matter if you free motion quilt it big or small, this design looks super cool! Let's learn how to quilt it together:

Today when I sat down to write this post I had a sudden urge to see what this design would look like if only every other triangle was filled. Lately I've been working to follow my nudges, so I zipped downstairs to give it a try:

I think I like this version just as much if not more! It's kind of like a checkerboard, only it's triangles...kind of a splintered Alice & Wonderland checkerboard, and certainly going to lead to other interesting designs.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
One note about the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers Volume 1 - this class features 50 free motion quilting designs all demonstrated on a large scale on a throw sized quilt. If you've been wanting to learn how to quilt loads of filler designs on a larger scale, this is definitely a great class for you! Click here to get 50% off this fun class!

So what do you think of trapped ripples? Where do you want to use this in a quilt?

Remember, the best way to get to know any design is to free motion quilt it on a small scale on a small square. You'll get plenty of practice and not waste much fabric. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Your quilting style immediately came to mind as I contemplate quilting a top that has very similar blocks to the one shown.

  2. I love the one with the alternate triangles filled in too! Very effective especially on the solid with coloured thread. Thanks for sharing! I love your tutorials (and finished my Craftsy class for FMQ a sampler in January - was a great learning experience for me!)


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