My request! I belong to "St. Andrews Bay Quilters' Guild" (SABQG.org). We have a newsletter we publish each month which we mail to members but also have a shortened version posted online.I've got to be honest - this request really made my day! I love free motion quilting and designing new quilts, and I especially love sharing it with everyone through this blog. It's just so wonderful to know how much quilters appreciate it and want to share it with one another as well!
I would love to put:
(1) "Leah's Advice" in the newsletter (with your website address),
(2) A description of your 365 day project and then,
(3) Post one, or maybe even a couple, of your samples every month and post your web address along side.
I was thinking a beginner design, with the web address, so they can watch your video on that design, an intermediate design, an advanced design and any other distinctive category you think would be useful. I think this would really encourage our members to try machine quilting, obviously, and also get the "Meandering" queens to move to the next level.
I think this would be a really big help and enjoyment for our guild and a whole new audience for you. I didn't think to first ask if you already have something like the plan above set up for Quilt Guilds. If so please let me know.
Thank you both for continuing this project. I never thought I would get any use out of reading a blog. Now here I am.
Panama City, FL
My response to Carolyn was fast and emphatic:
Yes, you absolutely have my permission to use photos of the designs from the Free Motion Quilting Project in your newsletter and to share the content (words, links, etc) as well.So here's the deal:
This is such a great idea, I think I'll blog about it today and share it with everyone!
If you are involved with a Quilt Guild or similar quilting group or organization, you are welcome to share any of the designs from The Free Motion Quilting Project in your guild newsletter.
You can easily download the images (some are better than others), and copy and paste the design information, and print them in your print or online newsletters.
All I ask in return is you simply include one of these two website addresses:
I know from experience that the most fruitful and inspirational place for quilting is usually found in a quilt guild. I wanted to quilt for years as a kid, but never had access to the right tools, books, or teachers.
It wasn't until I was 21 years old that I finally connected with my first quilt guild in Asheville, NC, where I found amazing talent, truckloads of inspiration, and an overwhelming wealth of sharing and learning.
I truly believe I would not be a quilter today if I hadn't joined that guild! I truly hope ya'll will enjoy sharing the designs from the project and challenge one another to stitch a few new designs each month.
Also, I know this is very, very long overdue - I've finally gotten the The Free Motion Quilting Project Flickr group account set up!
I still don't have all the photos up, and, no, they are not all tagged. Tagging everything is turning into a huge ordeal. With more than 250 designs, it's extremely time consuming to tag everything with the name, design type, directional texture, and difficulty level, and this is why it's taken me so long to get this ready.
Rather than wait and wait and wait to launch this until everything is perfectly tagged and uploaded, I'm just launching it now as is. Not all the photos are up, but you can sort through, tag them yourself, and have fun with them as is!
So please upload and share your own photos of the designs! Post any questions, suggestions for new designs, or cool ideas you'd like to share in the group discussion area. Have fun, share, and enjoy! Click Here to join the Free Motion Quilting Project Flickr group.
Let's go quilt,