The Free Motion Quilting Project: Spring Fabric Designs

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Fabric Designs

I've been playing with Spoonflower fabrics again and finally learning how to create repeating designs easier and faster. I decided to participate in this month's Spoonflower challenge and designed this pretty Japanese garden themed design called Pink Flowers over Gray Echoes:

Pink Flowers on Gray Echoes
The voting will be open on this Spoonflower challenge until April 27th so you can vote for your favorite designs right here!

I've also been playing with fabric designs inspired by machine quilting and what is the best place to start? Feathers! I've created this Feathers and Pebbles design in both black and white and a blue and gray colorway.

Feathers and Pebbles Black & White

With the black and white version, I keep thinking about basting up a square, quilting it on the lines, then painting within each space to make the feathers stand out.

With the Pebbles and Feathers in blue and gray, I keep thinking that would look great as a skirt or halter top shirt. What do you think?

Feather and Pebbles Aqua and Gray

Playing with fabric design also allowed me to easily create the background for a new art quilt I'm planning. I often feel a lot of anxiety in the spring and summer and my to-do list seems to grow longer and longer. It's overwhelming to have a constant stream of "I need to..." in my head, but this is the usual state of my brain:

I Need To...List of Reminders

This is called I need to...List of Reminders. It might not be the prettiest fabric, but it's going to make an awesome background for the quilt I have planned.

So that's the fabric designs I've been creating this month! I've had such a good time learning how to design better repeats much faster and I can see this definitely being something I design more regularly.

Let's go quilt (or design pretty fabric!),

Leah Day


  1. These are ALL wonderful!!! I think fabric design is yet another one of your talents!! Keep it up, please.

  2. Your blossoms definitely get my vote! And I love the 'I need to' print...can totally relate to it LOL!

  3. I love the idea of your feathers and pebbles fabric design, but for me, a brighter colour for the feathers and more contrast for the spine of the feather would let them stand out better from the pebbles. It'd be great in pink, or lime, or aqua! I've always wanted to have a go at designing fabric with Spoonflower, but I don't have the necessary software to make it work....


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