The Free Motion Quilting Project: 365 Designs at MQX Midwest - UPDATE!

Friday, September 26, 2014

365 Designs at MQX Midwest - UPDATE!

While I've been mucking around with flooring, one of my quilts has been off on an adventure. Come see 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs at MQX Midwest!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Nope, she didn't win any ribbons this time around, but I didn't really expect to. This quilt is not really that kind of show winner, I think because it doesn't have a big overall design to catch your eye from far away.

Update! - I was totally wrong about the lack of ribbons! Turns out she won two awards - a faculty award from Jerry Granata and Viewer's Choice!

To me, these two awards mean so much more than the cash prize ribbons, mostly because this time around I'm not entering shows for the ribbons or awards. I'm showing because I want my quilts to be seen and appreciated.

These awards make me feel thoroughly hugged and kissed by the quilting world! It feels like 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs was really appreciated and enjoyed at the show, and that is the whole point.

So I'm off to do another happy dance! Super thank you to everyone who voted for my girl at MQX Midwest!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. It always looks so lovely, how awesome to think that every block has a different pattern!

  2. Hi Leah,
    Hilary Florence here. You left a comment on my blog a couple of days ago, but you are a 'no reply' blogger, so I couldn't get back to you - so I've come to your blog instead!
    First, thanks so much for your kind words about Cosmic Split. I am really happy with how that quilt turned out.
    The gold is a gold spandex fabric. I didn't think about painting! I tried about 6 different kinds of foil fabric. I live in a rural area of SW UK, so no quilt shop near. Finding the fabric on line was difficult because I couldn't judge the feel or the handle of the fabric before buying and metallic colour on line is very deceptive. I had a few surprises! The spandex was the best that I tried. It is stretchy - which wasn't too much of a problem, but it is a bit fragile. The first version I made split with the stitching.
    Hope that was useful. I will definitely be doing more with gold fabric.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this with me Hilary! I would never have thought of gold spandex, but sometimes you've just gotta use what works! What an amazing quilt and excellent finished result.

  3. P.S.
    Forgot to say, I totally agree with your comments on shows and judges. I've had the highest mark possible and the lowest mark possible for the same quilt at the same show from different judges! I don't take it personally, but it is lovely to win. And I agree, the point is for your work to be seen - so I will carry on entering shows.

  4. Awesome!! I had a feeling something was off when I saw the phrase 'didn't win any' in your original post. Congratulations!!


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