Leah Day Free Motion Fillers Quilt
I just realized I never posted finish photos for this quilt. I am the worst quilt photographer ever, by the way.
This quilt was made to go along with Leah Day’s Craftsy Class Free Motion Fillers Volume 1. There are 50 different free motion designs featured (including one for each of the 49 squares, and one in the sashing and borders). The only design I had any previous experience with was loopy line. The rest were all new to me.
The dense quilting makes this a not-very-snuggly quilt. But it’s nice to have a sampler full of FMQ designs in case I need inspiration.
The one thing I’m pretty unhappy with is the back. I was going to use the busy print because I was worried about how my stitching would look since I am pretty new to FMQ and only know one pattern. But I didn’t have enough of the print, so I added some solid scraps. At that point, I was still planning to quilt the whole quilt with light gray thread, like Leah’s.
Then, I changed my mind and decided to get matching thread for each of the colors in the quilt. It’s too bad I had already basted the quilt at that point, because I think it would have looked really nice with a plain black back, to show off all the colored thread. I really don’t like how the dark thread looks against the light blue part of the back. Dark thread on light fabric just doesn’t look good.
Oh well, I learned a lesson - choose your back fabric carefully and consider what thread you are using to quilt.
The fabrics I used for the front were Kona Willow, Caribbean, Ocean, Nightfall, Purple, Berry, and an unknown name/source maroon that I had in my stash.