The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilting, Demo, and Camping all in one day

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Quilting, Demo, and Camping all in one day

It's Wednesday and time to check in the sewing room to see what's really cooking. I'm super happy to report that my summer routine is holding steady after 5 days and I've managed to knock out a landscape and tree section of Duchess Reigns every day:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I think when I look back at this quilt this will be my favorite time to look back on because I have such a clear and easily attainable goal every day: quilt a landscape section, quilt a tree section.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This takes around 2 hours every day, which might seem like a lot of time to quilt such a small space, but it's very detailed and very easy to stitch off into the woven lines and make a very noticeable mistake. Today was the first day I broke thread less than 3 times to fix mistakes, which is a great improvement from yesterday when it seemed like I was breaking thread every other minute!

In the kitchen, I've finally put my foot down. I have always hated the cabinets in this room because they're terribly designed and don't hold anything properly.


free motion quilting | Leah Day

I had a whole plan for remodeling this space this year, but after our lengthy bathroom remodel, we've decided to push this improvement back another year. But how can I stand these cabinets being so unusable for another year?!

Easy. Tear them apart and make them work better! Where's my crowbar?

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I took all the doors and hardware off the cabinets and even used my handheld electric saw to cut off a few bits here and there so my bins could fit perfectly. Of course, if I was wanting to keep these cabinets I certainly wouldn't do anything like this:


I simply sawed off the front section of the cabinet right there, and it's definitely a bit ragged looking, but it was the only way I'd get those 5 blue bins to fit!

This situation is temporary. In another year or so and then they will be replaced with open shelving when this kitchen gets an overhaul. Until then, this will work just fine because now all my scrap fabric is up in the cabinets and easy to find and keep organized.

And last but not least, yesterday we went camping! After a long day quilting, then ripping apart the kitchen, we set up tents and camped out in the front yard.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Why the front yard? Mostly for practice. We just got a new tent and it's always wise to break it in once at home so you know how it all works and just in case the tent is broken or missing a piece in some way. Better to find that unfortunate news out at home!

So far we haven't had a camp night when everyone stayed out the whole night so I think we need one more night of practice before booking a real adventure in the mountains. I have absolutely no desire to drive a long distance, pitch a tent, and get comfy only to be asked "Can we go home now?"

Today I'm still packing up camp gear and airing out sleeping bags. It seems camping is an enormous amount of work, involving huge amounts of gear, mess, and complication, but in the end the happy experience is totally worth it.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Here's to jam-packed summer days and lots of melted marshmallows on top!

Let's go quilt,

Leah

16 comments:

  1. Leah, you are quilting a masterpiece!

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  2. What a amazing work!!!!
    hugs
    Guni

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  3. I can't believe it's summer holidays over there already. In the UK we have just had half term and gone back into the last 5 or 6 weeks of school. And summer? When that arrives I think our summer break will have already started!!

    The Duchess is shaping up really amazingly!!!

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  4. Mere words can not describe your quilting talent.

    Have fun this summer with your camping and bravo for you for keeping to your schedule. You must never sleep.

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  5. Hola Leah es maravilloso, una Obra de arte realmente tienes unas manos maravillosas y mucha Creatividad te Felicito te envío un fuerte abraso.

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  6. Those tree/landscape sections are really gorgeous! I mean, the whole piece is going to be stunning, but that's a great looking bit of quilty real estate.

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  7. Yes I agree, this is a masterpiece.

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  8. Love your remodel job. Well it will work until you can get the new cabinets.

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  9. Your cabinets look great!

    Happy Camping!

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  10. Amazing work! Just beautiful. I'm glad you are finding a balance of work and play. Enjoy your summer.

    Carolyn
    http://www.homesewnbycarolyn.com

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  11. Leah, you inspire me in more ways than one. The.Duchess.is.aweeee.some. One day I hope to inspire other quilters like you do. Happy Summer!

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  12. Your quilting is incredible, as you know. I love your Duchess. But seriously, no food and/dishes in the cabinets???

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  13. Wendy - lol. I have a second kitchen in the basement that is half my studio space. It doesn't need to hold food or pots and pans because no cooking happens here except turkey on Thanksgiving!

    Cheers,

    Leah

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  14. Your Duchess is awesome. I thank you for sharing the work you are doing. I have never seen anything so beautiful.

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  15. Leah, I have recently found your FMQ through Craftsy. I've been watching your tutorials and notice your perfectly even stitches. I have a Janome 6600 and have done some FMQ. Does your Horizon 7700 have something like a stitch regulator to achieve the even stitches?

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  16. Darly - No, the Janome horizon 7700 and 8900 do not have stitch regulators. Personally I think stitch regulators are expensive and eventually you will grow out of it because they currently don't allow machines to go fast enough. That's just my personal opinion, but give it 1 month of solid practice. if you still absolutely can't get it, then yes, a stitch regulator might help.

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