The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Machine Quilt Balloons! - #453

Friday, November 6, 2015

How to Machine Quilt Balloons! - #453

Two new quilting designs in one week? Yes! I'm really wanting to dig into new machine quilting designs and get back to a regular schedule with posting new videos each week. So Free Motion Friday is back and this week we're learning how to quilt Balloons!

Learn how to machine quilt Balloons with Leah Day
Earlier this week we learned Hearty Vine, Karen Klamczynski's design that would be perfect for bed quilts because it really worked great machine quilted on a large scale. Balloons is very similar and I think it's going to be a great design for baby quilts and bed quilts that you want to quickly cover with one whimsical design.

Watch the video to learn how to machine quilt this new design!

This is such an easy quilting design - just quilt a wiggly line and swing into a tear drop / balloon shape on the end. You do have to travel stitch back a bit on the wiggly line before branching out with your next wiggly line and balloon shape.

Learn how to machine quilt Balloons with Leah Day
Other than the bit of travel stitching, this design will flow really easily and quickly over your quilt. This is one of those few designs I'd love to see in variegated thread because if the thread colors were spaced just right, it might look like there are balloons of many different colors on your quilt!

Now for your machine quilting challenge -  get on your machine this weekend and give this new design a try and share your progress with us on the Leah Day Quilting Facebook Group.

We'd love to see how you quilted this design and answer any questions you have about using it in your quilts. Please share this design with your friends too - the more the merrier!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Such a cute design. I'm definitely putting this on my list of designs to start with for experience with FMQ. Good practice in making controlled curves and shorter distance to practice travel stitching.

  2. wow-you do make complicated quilting patterns look easy. I backed up the video and watched it again, and thought-hey! I can do that! Awesome video Leah!


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