It’s quilting time! Here’s a fun echoing design to play with in the background of a quilt. She calls this free motion “little tongues” because of their funky shape.
The way she makes this is incredibly easy. You can make these tongues as big or as little as you want, so even if free motion isn’t your thing just yet, this is a great way to practice.
I just love the contrasting black fabric with the white stitching. It really makes the free motion design pop. Regardless of contrast, this design looks great on any quilt.
Start in a corner and begin with a regular straight stitch. Travel stitch back and then echo stitch around the straight line. Continue to travel stitch and create as many echo stitches as you’d like, and you’ve got your little tongue!
I used this technique on some floral fabric the other day and loved how it turned out. The tongues looked like little flower petals! You can try it on some tie dye for a more psychedelic feel, or stick to Leah’s contrasting design.
I barely know how to free motion, but this echo stitch was so much fun and actually really easy to accomplish, especially with the tutorial.
Watch how Leah Day makes this cool quilt block in her step by step tutorial below. Give it a shot– I promise it’s a whole lot easier than it looks!