The Free Motion Quilting Project: Fine Line Pens

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fine Line Pens

It's Feature Friday and we're trying something new: Leah is taking a break and her husband Josh (that's me) is subbing in for her today.

Today's feature is the marking pen that made both The Duchess and Release Your Light possible.

That would be the Fine Line Pen, a water soluble pen that's ideal for white or lighter quilts. But this is no ordinary water soluble pen... Unlike all other water erasable marking pens, this pinpoint tip marker produces a very fine, thin line that's easy to follow whether you're free motion quilting or using a walking foot.

free motion quilting | Leah DayAs James says, "Try it you'll like it IT'S GOOD!"

You can see how excited Jame is about today's feature! He knows how important The Fine Line is for mama's quilting.

And speaking of Release Your Light, I'll let you in on a little secret that may not have made it to the blog. Release Your Light was not always the name and to this day I still call the quilt its original, and in my opinion, cooler name: Light in Me.

So please join me in calling Release Your Light its real name, Light in Me!

free motion quilting | Leah DayOne more thing to share today: as I'm sure Leah has mentioned I'm a home aquarium hobbyist.

I have seven tanks, including two saltwater systems. Some of my stranger lifeforms have inspired a few filler designs such as Open Brain Coral.

Here's a picture of my ten gallon reef tank under LED "moon" light. This blue color spectrum light simulates nighttime coral feeding behavior and really changes the color and texture of nearly everything in the reef.

In the picture there's a clam (bottom left), the open brain coral (bottom center), a piece of live rock covered in mushroom soft corals (right and above brain coral), and a feather duster worm (upper left).

Remember the pit of the Sarlacc in Return of the Jedi? Jabba the Hut was going to feed Han Solo and his friends to this worm-like creature. A feather duster is essentially the same thing, only a lot smaller, has a mantle of feather tendrils in order to filter feed, and is real.

Leah will be back on Monday and will hopefully let me sub in for her again. Maybe next time I'll take a video of my feather duster worm and it will inspire a new filler design!

- J


  1. Hi Josh! Great job filling in! (get it? LOL!)

    Hope to see more of your POV on the blog.

  2. Good job, Josh. Love your aquarium and explaining the coral. For my next coral reef wall hanging, I may snitch your photo for inspiration.!

  3. Good job, Josh. Leah has so much energy and does a great job, but even the energizer bunny has to stop and recharge now and then!

  4. Great job, Josh. It's good to get to know you too. You wife is an amazing lady, but I'm sure that you know that already. :-)

  5. Hey Josh, Thanks for filling in...and the pic of James. I like that name too, hmm, but as a quilt maker I know that my original designs often start as one idea and slowly transform themselves into a slightly different entity. My father-in-law once suggested an alternative name for one of my quilts and I could barely mask my emotion and stay polite, lol. They are like children.
    I also enjoyed the peek into your tank. My closest friend in VA Beach had a salt water set up with a condylactis anemone that kept eating golden seahorses. The brown ones were smart enough to stay away. LED moon light, new technology. I still have her attenic tube (dusk and dawn) bulb. I used it in my fresh water tank for a while and could sit and stare at it for hours. It creates such a mezmerizing scene. Blessings

  6. What a supportive husband, the model is great too!

  7. Hey Josh, you did a good job and very entertaining. Thanks for sharing with us and giving Leah a break

  8. Hi Josh, I enjoyed your blog today. The info. on your aquarium is really interesting and the pic is beautiful. I'd love to hear more about it and see a video of "the worm". I'm going to try that pen. I have vol. 1 and 2 of Leah's free motion fillers to learn with. She's amazing.

  9. Nice to see you stepping in from the sidelines Josh - good job
    Have a great weekend and we hope to see you subbing again sometime.

  10. Great Job Josh! Do you answer fish/aquarium questions? LOL

  11. Look at Leah's fellas filling in for her. Awesome job Josh! And James is a natural :)

  12. Nice to "meet" you Josh. Great job filling in. I'd love to see more pictures of your tanks.

    -debby, Chester, ny

  13. Hi all,

    Thanks so much for the nice words!

    Yes, I will absolutely film the feather duster (seeing it in motion is the only way to do it justice). The neat thing about these animals is they can shed their feather duster mantle and grow another in a matter of weeks. In fact this is part of their life cycle.

    Maybe if Leah lets me I can do a video walking tour of my tanks. I love it when people are interested--usually when we have guests it all just gets ignored.

    Well, that makes sense when Light in Me--err, Release Your Light--is in the same room with the tanks!


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