The Free Motion Quilting Project: Project Recap

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Project Recap

Can you believe we're halfway through with this project? I know I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it!

Let's take a minute this morning to recap back from the very beginning...

This project officially started on August 14th, 2009 when I launched the blog and shared the very first design: Shadow Waves.

Very few quilters were around for the first days of the project, but that started to change very quickly when I began adding videos on Day 14 with Circuit Board.

Suddenly I began getting comments and emails from quilters from all over the world asking me how I was able to quilt like this, what tools I used, and where could you buy a DVD???

I was honestly shocked. I began this project not knowing how it was ever going to turn into a business, but after hearing from so many excited, supportive quilters, I launched the quilt shop and began working on the DVDs and workbooks to teach the designs.

For the first 3 months, a new design was shared every single day, but by November I was exhausted.

Blogging daily really isn't that hard, but blogging daily, packing orders, AND editing a DVD really is too much for one person to handle!

So I scaled back and stopped sharing a new design every day and began sharing more about myself, my quilts, and the projects I work on outside of the blog.

One quilt was Winter Wonderland, a snowflake quilt made to test a new technique I was playing with called Reverse Shadow Trapunto.

After seeing the quilt, so many quilters wrote in asking for a pattern and more information about the technique, that I had to make a pattern!

As you can tell from reading this, this blog might have started as a place for me to share designs, but it's slowly turned into a place where I come to ask for advice and direction from all of you.

To say it lightly, that is one huge, unexpected, but absolutely wonderful benefit of this project!

So now it's May 20th, approximately 10 months and 5 days, and 302 posts since the start and we're only half way through!

While this project is taking longer than I originally expected, I still love the challenge it brings to my life and the constant source of creativity it brings to my quilts.

Of course with the midpoint, I've decided to make some changes to this project that will hopefully make it even bigger, better, and easier for quilters to use the filler designs shared so far.

So now that we've taken a trip down memory road, let's learn all about the changes happening to the project coming up in the next few months!

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day

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