Free Motion Quilting Designs

Free Motion Monday – Pinwheel fillers

Rainbows and Quilts just go together!  Many years ago, I was in an online fabric swap and each person was assigned a color.  The swap host collected everything and then sent out this beautiful collection of rainbow shades.  The fabric was cut in charm squares, which made it easy to turn into a Twister quilt.


I laid out the colors from light to dark, and I had enough squares to make two rows of each color, so I alternated the gradient with each row.  Once I had the squares sewn together, I grabbed my Lil’ Twister ruler and cut it apart again.  It was so fun watching the pinwheels appear!

The reward for chopping up a quilt top with the Twister ruler is the bonus squares.  I put some of the leftover scraps to use in the corners, keeping everything in proper ROYGBIV order.

My Garden Twister Pattern also features the Lil Twister Ruler!

Then it was time to choose quilting designs.  I spent alot of time on Leah Day’s website for inspiration!

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Then I made little rainbows in the background by echoing small curves:


Here are my names for the quilting designs.  Each column of color had its own unique free motion design:


It’s been quite a while since I quilted this wallhanging.  I remember tying off and burying hundreds of thread tails, so I think I was insane and started each pinwheel from the center.  I will have to revisit these designs and see if they can be modified for a continuous line design.

Please share some of your favorite quilting projects.  Do you keep the quilts you make or give them away?


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