Houston, we have a problem.
You see, many books are published every year on free motion quilting and they have wonderful pictures of gorgeous quilting that makes all quilters droll with excitement.
But rarely, if ever, is a book published with what a beginning quilter can REALISTICALLY EXPECT at the beginning of this process.
Essentially - Where are the ugly stitches?
They happen to everyone. Just like mismatched seams in piecing, it's a normal learning process to get through. Many books will show a picture of an imperfect seam or wobbly applique, but so far I've never, ever seen a free motion quilting book with samples of real beginner issues.
So I'd like to fix this problem. I'd like YOUR ugly stitches!
I plan to use your samples in two way:
1. I will photograph your sample and share it here on the blog with advice for improving your stitches. This will not just help you, but also everyone in the world learn more about free motion quilting.
2. I might also publish a photo of your sample in a book with the same purpose: helping quilters understand ugly stitches are normal and to keep working at it.
In both cases, your name will be listed as a contributor to the project or the book, and your blog or website can be included too if you desire it.
And because these requests can get sticky, let me just make it clear that I'm not offering any monetary reward or bounty or stipend or cash or prize for contributing.
If you send me your ugly stitches, you are also agreeing to the terms that this is a piece of fabric that would have ended up in the trash and you're not going to sue me for a million dollars for photographing it and sharing it!
I know that sounds a bit crazy, but weirder things have happened.
So if you'd like to contribute and give me your ugly stitches, please mail them to:
P.O Box 386
Earl , NC 28038
UPDATE: Super Thank You to Cathy who commented and shared a link to a release form that will allow you to contribute easier and also protect me at the same time.
When you contribute a sample or a photograph of a sample, please fill out this release form.
If you contribute a sample, simply include the release form in the package you send. If you send me a photograph of your sample, please shoot a photo of your release form and include it with your email.
Email any photograph submissions to: support(at)daystyledesigns.com
(replace (at) with the correct symbol so your email will send.)