The Free Motion Quilting Project: It's Our Sixth Year Anniversary

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's Our Sixth Year Anniversary

It's hard to believe it's been six years of this blog! I'd like to reflect a moment on just how much has changed.

Back in August 2009, my son was just two and a half years old and I helped make ends meet with a small skincare website, but only dreamed of being able to focus on my true passion - quilting.

Throughout the month of July, I'd quilted and painted Release Your Light, a goddess quilt all about releasing your creativity and sharing it with the world. By the time I finished that quilt, I knew I wanted to start a blog and share new free motion filler designs every day for a year.

I did spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the Free Motion Quilting Project. Many people said it was a bad idea, was way too big in scope, or way too much to give away for free.

I had no idea how I would turn this blog idea into a business, or if that business would ever be successful. I honestly had no idea how much time or energy this blog would require, but all I knew is that I wanted this badly, and I couldn't stand to NOT get started.

On August 14th, 2009 I launched the blog with the first posts and design in the evening. 

Those first months were tough, but I would never change a single thing about starting the Free Motion Quilting Project and the journey of learning, teaching, and skill building through which it has led me. know many professional quilters who basically live on the road, constantly traveling from show to show, always on the go.

I knew from the very beginning that sort of lifestyle would never work for me or my family, and I feel immensely grateful that through online videos I've been able to teach quilting to an ever-growing number of students.

That feeling of intense gratitude is what I always come back to this time of year. I feel so very thankful that I have this ability to share and teach, and so thankful that it is appreciated and enjoyed by so many wonderful quilters.

So here's to six years! I can't wait to see what the next six years will bring.

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  1. Happy 6th anniversary, and thank you for all you do for us.

  2. Happy anniversary. May you be blessed with love and immeasurable success.

  3. Yay for 6 years! You've accomplished more in that small amount of time than many others do in a lifetime of quilting!

  4. Happy 6th "B" Day. I have followed you for years. I do believe your original free motion quilting project opened up many avenues for other on line quilting instructors. Thank you for your generous spirit and can-do attitude. Wishing you and yours many more years of success.

  5. Congratulations, Leah and Josh Day! Do what you love! We love what you do. Thank you for being my instructors.

  6. Many congratulations Leah, so glad you started the journey and allowed us to come along with you. Your kindness of approach, sharing of personal challenges, and common sense and forgiving nature has hugely supported and help me and I think many others. May you continue to flourish


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