It's hard to believe, but today marks the 3rd Anniversary of The Free Motion Quilting Project!
three years, this has been the place to find loads of videos and photos
for free motion quilting. Along the way, I've shared bits of my life,
my triumphs, but also my struggles, and of course, a whole lot of
So today let's go on a little tour of the past videos and projects and see what's changed in the last 3 years.
started in 2009, the thing I remember most was wanting to quilt every
single day. I felt that I needed an excuse to be able to do this - some
reason or task that would allow me to take this time for myself, to build skill and knowledge about free motion quilting.
When the idea for this project - creating 365 free motion quilting designs - popped into my head in the middle of quilting Release Your Light, I just couldn't get the idea out of my head. Even though Josh wasn't too happy with the idea, I kept thinking about it through the summer of 2009.
I finally got started on August 14th with a set of 3 posts: Can I create 365 free motion quilting designs? Rules of the project, and Day 1 - Shadow Waves, all published around 10 at night, when I just couldn't stand waiting around any longer. I HAD to start this blog and begin this quest for designs!
No, things weren't very well thought-out in the beginning. At the time, I only had seven designs stitched, none of them filmed, and absolutely no idea if I could actually come up with 358 more. Posting designs every single day on top of taking care of a two year old and running another business, it was a handful!
Eventually I had to slow things down and luckily no one seemed to mind. It seemed what you guys were looking for was simple: more information and inspiration for free motion quilting, so that's what I set out to provide here.
Along the way, I started the process of compiling the designs into books. From Daisy to Paisley was my first self published book featuring 50 beginner level designs from the project. The next year it was followed by From Feathers to Flames, a book of 60 intermediate level designs.
But since the start of the project, almost everyone has asked for a book of ALL the designs. Finally this spring I published 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs - a photo book that features all the designs from the project.
While there wasn't space to add instructions or how-to diagrams, it's still my favorite book of all three because you can flip through the pages and easily choose different designs to play with on your quilts.
Along with new designs, this blog is also the place I share my quilts. Winter Wonderland, Shadow Self, My Cup Runneth Over, Hot Cast, and Emergence were all shared here in multiple unfinished stages so you can watch the transformation of these quilts from simple designs to beautiful finished quilts.
For more than two years, this project had a single goal: more new designs. This January at the completion of the goal of 365 designs, we began the Free Motion Quilt Along - a new weekly video lesson that was designed for you to stitch along, interact, and ask questions about free motion quilting.
I won't lie - it was a scary transition to change from posting new designs every couple of days to only sharing a weekly lesson. I was really worried this change was too radical and would scare everyone away.
To my surprise, the Free Motion Quilt Along has been a great success! Not only have I managed to demonstrate and teach more about free motion quilting, we've also created two fun projects together - the Heart and Feather Wholecloth and PoMo Angles Modern Quilt.
We might not live in the same area, or even speak the same language, but we have learned loads together over the last 8 months.
Ultimately this has been my goal for this project - to find a way to quilt every day, to teach and share, and hopefully help other quilters master free motion quilting on their home machine.
So here's to the last 3 years! Thank you all for reading, watching, commenting, posting, linking up to the quilt along, and sharing the project with your friends.
Without so many thousands of cheerleaders, advisers, mentors, and yes, even the critics, I probably wouldn't have finished that first set 365 designs or continue to teach in the Quilt Along today. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Let's go quilt,