The Free Motion Quilting Project: MQX Teacher of the Year

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MQX Teacher of the Year

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this one. Last night I was recognized as Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year!

I can't describe how this feels. I'm so overwhelmed and thankful to be recognized this way. I almost immediately started crying because it just feels so good to be appreciated for what you do!

When I got on stage I had no idea what would come out of my mouth but it was something like: "Thank you so much for this recognition. I can't believe this. I'm really just a girl that makes videos in her basement."

So much of what I do is alone, on my own with a camera and sewing machine. To be recognized Teacher of the Year feels amazing and I'm filled with gratitude for all my students who shared their love this way.

Thank you so much!

Leah Day

63 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Leah. Well deserved and so great to see you glow!

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  2. Congratulations, off course the teacher of the year should be you, you do a great job with the videos, I love them, and look at them when I need some tips and tricks. You absolutely deserve the price! It's better than the Oscar :-) Keep on the good work, I enjoy watching it all. Smiles send to you from me in Horsens, Denmark

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  3. Congrats! You're an amazing teacher and totally deserving of this!!!

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  4. Leah, a couple of years ago when I started FMQ, you were my go to in learning with your 365 designs. I used so many of them and bought your book to help me decide what a quilt needed. I am grateful for all your videos. I recently bought a long arm because I could not push a quilt through a machine anymore, but it is all hand guided, no pantos, and your help is the foundation for my quilting. CONGRATULATIONS on your award. Thank you for your generosity!

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  5. Congratulations! You have earned it. Thanks to you I know how to quilt by machine!

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  6. You totally deserve this honor, Leah. It could not have gone to a more worthy candidate.

    Happy quilting,
    Susan in Texas
    susanintexas.blogspot.com

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  7. Leah, you are very deserving of this. You contribute so much to the quilting community.
    Thank you.

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  8. Congratulations! It is well deserved. I have learned a lot about machine quilting from you.

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  9. Congratulations. You deserve it.

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  10. Congratulations Leah!! You completely deserve this honor for all of your hard work and sharing of your talents!

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  11. You and your videos are the reason I FMQ my quilts now!
    Thank you for everything you offer quilters and congratulations on your well-deserved award.

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  12. Congratulations Leah! I have been reading your blog for more years than I know and am in awe of your talent and willingness to help others.

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  13. Congratulations! They made a terrific choice in chosing you! You really deserve it. Should they ever look for a great quilting teacher in Germany, I'll recommend you :-)
    Cheers
    Caro

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  14. I am really happy for you, Leah. I love reading your posts and watching the videos. And I have referred many of my quilting friends to your blog.

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  15. You deserve that recognition! YOU are the reason I free motion quilt! Your videos have encouraged so many ppl I know to jump in and discover the wonderful world of free motion quilting! ! MANY THANKS!!

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  16. My congratulations as well, Leah!! Totally well deserved!
    P

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  17. Congratulations, Leah! You deserve it. It was such a pleasure meeting you and your husband yesterday. Thank you for all you do. Keep on quilting!

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  18. Congratulations Leah! This award is well over due and you are very deserving of it. You have no idea how many quilters lives you have enriched and inspired with your basement videos. I am forever grateful to you!

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  19. Congratulations! thank you so much for all you share with us; recognition well deserved.

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  20. I am so so happy for you. You work very hard at what you do and you deserve recognition.

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  21. So deserved! Thanks for all you do! And super thanks for being so awesome!

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  22. Congratulatlions! It is a well-deserved recognition, Leah.

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  23. Leah congratulations, great talents.
    Feliz fin de semana.

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  24. A well deserved award for sure. You were the reason I started free motion quilting as before I came across your website I thought I would need a long arm! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and congratulations on your award.

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  25. Hi. I have been watching your videos for a few weeks now. What a fantastic job you do. Explaining, with good diction!, and showing how to do whatever task you're demonstrating. I am old enough to be your grandma, learning new tricks. Thank you, Leah! And include me in the list of people congratulating you.. Quite a coincidence that I just found this site today.

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  26. Congratulations. You are a great teacher.

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  27. Very well deserved award. Congratulations. I think you have given a lot of people, me included, the confidence to give FMQ a go and permission to not be perfect straight away. Love all your videos.

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  28. Congratulations Leah! Thanks for your clear and encouraging videos that teach machine quilting so accessibly.

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  29. Congrats! A well deserved honour. Thanks for all the videos you share.

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  30. I have learned so much from you. Thank you. You are very deserving of this recognition.

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  31. My very first FMQ sampler was done following your 365 fmq design blog. It still hangs in my quilt room. Thank you for letting us learn with you. You have become a great teacher and an inspiration to many.

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  32. Congratulations Leah! You may think of yourself as the girl in the basement making videos, but I can guarantee that you have had an enormous influence on a whole generation of quilters. Yours is always the site I reference when someone asks about free motion quilting.

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  33. Congratulations Leah. You certainly deserve this recognition and I'm so happy about it. You have given so many quilters a wonderful gift, by teaching them free-motion quilting and how to be so very creative.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  34. So glad that you are recognized by the quilting community at large, and congratulations! You gave me the confidence to start FMQ, thank you so very much!!!

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  35. Congratulations Leah! You absolutely deserve this honor! Thank you for all that you do to help quilter's create :-)

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  36. Hooray! You've been an inspiration and a resource for so many of us. I appreciate and admire both your knowledge and your passion and your generosity in sharing both.

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  37. Congratulations on an honor you richly deserve. You've convinced many to give FMQ a try and your encouragement has meant so much to so many.

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  38. Congratulations, Leah!! I do not know if my voice was taken into account. I sent a complaint to MQX because It seemed that I could not vote since I live overseas (from you). So I explained why I would vote for you if I had the right. I am so glad you won! You work so hard. You really deserve it.

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  39. Totally deserved! I am so pleased you've been recognised - your tutorials and designs are the first I turn to for ideas - congratulations!

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  40. Congratulations! You make very effective instructional videos and you have developed a process that helps students learn a very complex skill. You effectively challenge students to do their best and try challenging new skills. You offer the encouragement needed to take those first steps and push through when the going gets tough. I think your honesty in sharing your own struggles helped us all shed our perfectionism. Many artists create beautiful things, but there are few who also have the gift of teaching and the patience to help others as they begin. You also work hard to develop and maintain a supportive online community with students worldwide. I see you as a very gifted artist with a creative spirit who also have the gift of teaching and encouragement. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us!

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  41. Congratulations Leah! When a few years ago I started a wonderful adventure with patchwork and quilting, your films were - and still are - my guides. Your movies also show the passion and love that you treat your work. A quilted Josh shown in the movies is a great idea. I admire you and greetings from Poland

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  42. Congratulation, Leah! Your simplicity as a free-motion teacher touch the hearts of many quilters in believing they too, could quilt on a domestic machine. Thank you for all your hard work, videos, blogs and sharing your family with us.

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  43. Congratulations Leah!!!Well deserved award.

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  44. Awesome news, Leah. A well-deserved recognition of all the work you have done for us.

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  45. Congratulations Leah! You are an awesome teacher and you make free motion quilting fun. I really enjoyed your class at MQX East and gained so much more confidence. So excited for you to have won this award! Thanks for all that you do! Allison (SeashoreQuilting). You ROCK free motion quilting!

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  46. Congratulations ! My previous comment is missing???

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  47. Дорогая Лия! Ваши уроки известны во всем мире! Ваших учеников миллионы! Спасибо за Вашу щедрость и желание делиться знаниями! Поздравляю с заслуженной наградой! Украина.

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  48. So happy for you Leah. You were the first online teacher who saved my butt, and taught me pretty much how to quilt on my longarm! Yep you read that right: LONGARM. Your designs and your clear, broken-down instructions gave me the jumping off point, guidance, and confidence I needed to just DO it, on a longarm that I had just bought secondhand off eBay. I've bought both your FMQ spiral bound (thank you--why don't they ALL do this) books and I frequently refer to them as well as back to your 400+ FMQ designs on your website. All I can say is it's about time you got the recognition you so deserve. What's next?! :-)

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    1. Awesome Sandra! All the designs translate just as well to longarm so that totally makes sense. As for what's next - I think I want to start teaching how to teach and run a business. That's very different from teaching quilting, but I know so much about business and building from a small investment. I think that's where I'm headed next!

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  49. You totally deserve it! You will probably never know how many people quietly learned fmq from you online, but I can tell you I'm one, and when my machine started playing up I went through your checklist and identified the issue and fixed it. Felt so good! I've done your Craftsy classes too, and you are a born teacher. Thank you, and I'm so glad you got the recognition!

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  50. Wow, congratulations, Leah!!!! Much deserved, without a doubt!!

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  51. I wasn't at the awards ceremony but I was happy to hear the news. Congratulations! You work hard to help everyone learn how to quilt and you certainly deserve this recognition.

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  52. Congrats to you. You are a great teacher. Ive learned so much from you.

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  53. Congratulations from Germany Leah ! If it wasn't for you I would still quilt my quilts with a stitch in the ditch. Well deserved !!!

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  54. Congratulations !!!! You really deserve this special award !!! Thank you for all your wonderful and inspiring video lessons !!!

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  55. Congratulations!!! It's nice that you could be recognized this way. Your lessons in free motion quilting have been, after all, "paying it forward" and so this is a small acknowledgement of that. All of us quilters out here really appreciate what you do and how much you've shown us in your videos!

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  56. Congratulations!! You are the best in my book, too!

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  57. Congratulations, it is well deserved!!! I always dreamed of being able to machine quilt but it wasn't until I found your site and watched the videos that I finally got the courage to give it a shot. A few weeks ago you wrote a blog about when you started quilting and stressed once again the practice mantra and that was my ahha moment and I've been quilting everyday and it's come together, It's not perfect but the improvement in my quilting; my excitement and enjoyment has increased unbelievably. Thank you

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  58. Well deserved Leah. You inspire greatness. Your videos are enjoyable to watch, you don't speed through your steps and your close ups are great for that detail. Congratulations!!

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  59. Congratulations Leah! This is so awesome and well deserved.
    Enjoy the trophy!

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