How to Quilt a Daisy Background Fill Motif
Do you know how Minnesotans deal with twelve inches of snow?
We pretend it didn’t happen! Well, this Minnesotan at least…
When the forecaster said SNOW starting in the evening and continuing all night long, I retreated to my sewing room and quilted a field of daisies! (In the morning, there was a lot of snow… I must admit it was absolutely gorgeous!)
Whatever the weather where YOU live, daisies make a beautiful background fill motif and they are easy to stitch.
Start by stitching a curve–anywhere from a full circle to a 1/4 circle. Echo stitch the curve.
Stitch out from the curve…
Add a wavy line. Keep it narrow and fluid. I try to scoop in near the base and flare out near the top to create more of a petal shape.
Add a clockwise or counterclockwise curve….but don’t stop here–looks scary–like Medusa or some wicked sea creature…
Continue adding curves and petals to fill the background.
This motif has a nice flow to it. You won’t want to stop!
What about YOU?
Are YOU facing a wall of white?
Do YOU need a field of flowers to cheer you up?
Do YOU ever hide in YOUR sewing room?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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24 responses to “How to Quilt a Daisy Background Fill Motif”
This is a great motif. I can’t wait to try it out.
No, we don’t have any snow in Australia where I live. Not even in winter! I thought autumn was arriving last week but it is back to hot weather, shorts, sandals and sunscreen again today. We are still enjoying swimming in the outdoor pool.
Our weather is such a contrast to Minnesota and South Korea, where the Winter Olympics have just finished.
Oh cricket and I thought our 4 inches was bad!!
I live in Ontario not that far from Lori. When I look out my sewing room window I see the 2 feet of snow we got over 2 days…spring can’t come soon enough for me….lol
Love the Daisy motif, my granddaughter is Daisy so it has to be done! Woke up to an inch or so of snow, virtually unheard of on our little island off the coast of North Wales. All but gone now. Can’t imagine the sort of snow you get.
we had snow this morning about 4″ but it’s melting fast. I have been finishing piecing a small quilt I started in a workshop with Philippa Naylor on curved piecing. I think I will use this motif for it. Thanks for sharing
Great time to make a Hawaiian quilt! Got any hibiscus ideas?
Oh boy, snow!! I love it! My friends consider me a nut-case because where we live in Pennsylvania most people hate snow due to traffic snarls and accidents it causes. I learned to drive in snow so it doesn’t scare me; other drivers do that. But now I’m a retiree, so I guess I’m spoiled as I can stay home when it snows. I don’t hide in my sewing room – I go there because it’s a comfortable happy place where I can express my creativity by quilting and sewing, read from my Kindle, check my email to see what’s new on terrific blogs like yours or just reflect on the God-given blessings that my husband and I enjoy.
I often have a large mutt sleeping (and snoring) on his bed in the corner and at least one cat “helping” me as I sew and enjoy the beautiful snowy scene outside the window above my sewing machine. Praise God; life is a gift.
I love the comments as well as your descriptions of your motifs Lori. Suzanne’s comment especially appealed to me this morning.
This is a great tutorial. Do you use an open toe darning foot for this? Thanks for sharing this! I think our snow days are over in Indiana. We’ve moved on to lots of rain and flooding. But today the sun is shining, and if I can get past the mud, I’m feeling pretty stoked about the possibility of REAL flowers and GREEN grass!
But I LIKE snow! I’m one of those people who would like a blanket of white from mid-December until the last day of February. Not multiple feet but 10″ or so all the time. Good roads etc…. snow I can deal with, the bitter cold not so much any more. Love your Field of Daisies. My dad loved daisies and let them grow wild on the farm. He would even let them grow in the yard and mow around them. They are just such happy flowers. The more the merrier!
this is wonderful, Lori! I don’t know why but it may be my fave pattern you have shared with us-thank you
Have tried these and they are really fun to do, mine do not look as professional as yours Lori, since I need more practice!
Looking like spring fresh! Love your daisy background and can’t wait to try it. But I am a skier and still hoping for a couple more dumps on our mountain! Not in my yard which is the norm. Things are starting to grow! “Springing Up” Thank you Lori, & Happy warm Quilting!
Love the daisies! And I also LOVE to “hide” in my sewing room. It has changed locations 3 times in the last year, but I think I’m “home” now. And I can look out the window to see our small 3 inches of snow. I’m in California west of South Lake Tahoe by an hour.
They look like a heavenly host for me as I am heartily sick and tired of mud, ice, snow and mud lakes according to the temp of the day and every day, it is something new.
i really like the text on this one.
this is lovely and one I would love to practise and use Thank you
Lovely design. Here in Dublin Ireland we get very little snow. Woke this morning to a field of white, 5 cm. and forecast for up to 25cm. Nothing else for it but to create my own field of white (daisies).
I live in a 35 ft 5th wheel in the winter in Arizona, so hiding while quilting is not possible. But I make it work. Twice week, I fill my wagon and head for the club house where 30 or so of us spend 3-4 hours sewing and watching the progress of others as their projects get finished. Several use the long arm to finish thrive quilts. I take my tops home to Michigan and finish them on my long arm. Happy quilting.
It has been snowing for the last two days here in Northumberland, England, with more to come (we are the victims of the “beast from the east” – weather from Siberia!). I have been keeping warm and busy in my “Attic” sewing room, a large room over our garage. I love your daisy design. I have just bought your latest book, and am enjoying refreshing my fmq skills. Stay safe and warm, regards, Anne
Hi Anne, I’m so glad you have your quilting to keep you warm! Thanks for purchasing Machine Quilting 1-2-3!
When I first opened this post this morning, I saw hands waving….lots of hands! Can you see them? HA! A very HAPPY motif for sure.
YES! I DO see them! A new motif!