So here's a quick video detailing what you can expect on the Free Motion Quilting Project in 2012:
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Just in case you can't watch the video, here's a run down of everything I talk about:
Fluffy Sheep Quilting who held a quilt along last fall. Following along with that quilt along allowed me to see first hand what beginners are struggling with, and just how overwhelming this project can be.
I've also had a sincere desire to slow down on posting new designs and to focus instead on quilting real quilts on a large scale.
So that's what we're going to do! Every Wednesday I'll post a video showing the design(s) we're working on, and how I've used them, and tips on how to quilt them.
So what exactly will we be quilting during this quilt along?
Um...new designs right???
Yes, of course, but in a new way! This is an important question because so far I've posted designs only as I've designed them which means this project hasn't made a whole lot of sense.
On any given week we'd have a beginner flower design, then an advanced pivoting design, then an intermediate echoing design. Yes, the new designs were nice, but learning them in this way was really disjointed and unorganized.
To fix this problem and make this project MUCH easier to follow along with, we're now going to focus on a particular design type for two months at a time.
So for the next two months we're going to focus on the Independent Design family.
I'm really excited about being able to focus on a particular design family because it will be so much easier to show you how they work in many areas of a quilt!
What will I be quilting all these designs ON exactly?
Spoonflower, and some weeks I may return to my good ole' 4 inch square.
Essentially - I'm going to quilt on whatever is on hand. Whatever is ready. Whatever will stand still long enough to be quilted!
And I hope you will quilt along with me!
Exactly as I'm quilting on whatever comes to hand, please don't spend an excessive amount of time creating new quilts or buying new fabric for this quilt along. Whatever you have on hand will be just fine.
And when you quilt along and post your progress on your blog, you can link yourself up to the Wednesday Quilt Along posts. This will work a lot like Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays with an added bonus:
If you have a question about the design or are struggling with a particular issue with free motion quilting, please post your question on your blog. On Thursdays, I'll try to collect 5 questions to answer here on the project so you can get the help you need in real time.
Now for a few more things....
Because I'm sharing videos and lots of photos for the quilt along on Wednesdays, we will no longer have individual videos posted for each new design. It just seems redundant to post a short video on Monday or Tueday, then post another video on Wednesday.
So for simplicities sake, videos will be posted on Wednesdays from now on.
As always, if you'd like to get weekly updates for the Quilt Along as well as the newest designs published to this project, make sure you're subscribed to our free weekly newsletter.
And finally here at the end, I'd like to share my mantra for this new year with you:
Shut Up and QUILT!
I seriously hope I don't offend anyone with this statement, but it perfectly fits what I need to hear right now, and what I want to teach this year.
Because sometimes what you need to hear, and what you need to do is just shut up and go quilt. Stop worrying over the issues and just go get on your machine and TRY IT!
So I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about this new project and what we will learn and share in 2012.
Now let's go quilt!