The Free Motion Quilting Project: Videocast #1: Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Videocast #1: Happy Holidays!

I know things have been hit or miss here on the blog so I figured I needed to fully explain my current chaotic situation with...

My very first Videocast!!!

Of course, I've been doing videos forever, so this is nothing new, but I will definitely start doing an occasional videocast of just my mug detailing what I'm working on and how the project is going.

Sometimes it's really nice to share and get feedback. You'll notice that I'm working on the Winter Wonderland quilt in a "quilt as you go" method.

If you've never heard of this method, "quilt as you go" is exactly what it sounds like. You quilt each block separately, then put them all together at the end.

While I'm familiar with the method, I have no clue how I'm going to put the blocks together when they're done!

I'm not too worried about it right now, but I'll be sure to let you know what I decide to do when the quilt is closer to completion.

I mention another quilt that I'm wanting to piece for a long overdue bed quilt for Josh and I to use. Browsing around at the Fat Quarter Shop I found this Delft Remix fabric that I just HAD to have.

We definitely need a new bed quilt. Currently we're sleeping under a pink and white quilt that I learned how to stipple on way back in 2006.

Let's just say that my husband tolerates a whole bunch (almost half our house is now taken over by quilting), but I don't think he can go another month with a pink quilt.

Come to think of it, I don't think I can stand another month with that pink quilt!

So I plan to piece up the 10" squares into a super quick quilt using the very sure formula:

Big Blocks + Big Sashing + Big Borders = BIG, FAST QUILT!

That's pretty much all that's going on. We've all kicked the latest snotty cold, but it looks like we're in for at least 2 more days of loud sanding and more dust in the kitchen.

So until my life gets turned back to normal, don't hold it against me if I go a little MIA for awhile.

I won't go far, and you know I can't stand to not post 2 days in a row, but I figure if anytime is a good time to chill out and quilt like a mad woman, it's during the super crazy holiday season.

Wishing you all a very safe, happy holiday!

Leah Day


  1. Thanks for the update, Leah. Those who have remodeled (and some of us who haven't) know that it always takes longer to finish than estimated. So don't worry about abandoning us. We know you wouldn't do that! :-)

    It's great to hear from you and wonderful that your health is on the mend. Winter Wonderland is progressing beautifully. Love the process.

    Take care, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Hi Leah,
    I would love to see those snowflake blocks up close. I cannot see the quilting except for a bit of a shimmer around the snowflake design. At first I thought it was the pattern in the fabric, but then I realized you would showcase your filler stitches there. I also want to see that method of reverse trapunto. You said black fabric with silk organza and something else. Could you show or tell or give us a link for that process? I made a quilt as you go quilt when I got my new bernina with all the cool stitches. It was a very fun summer quilt.
    I just got the supreme slider and am checking it out today! Thanks for your motivation and inspiration!

  3. Hi Kathy - I'll definitely post close up photos when the quilt gets finished.

    Since I'm still sort of inventing the technique as I go, you're not likely to find info on it, but I'll definitely post instructions when it's closer to completion.

    Let's go quilt!


  4. I did a quilt-as-you-go quilt. I had no idea either. I searched on the internet, and books, and other sources. Finally I made it up.
    The fabric was bigger than the batting, I machine sewed the front pieces together, butted up the batting together and whip stitched them, then folded the back pieces under 1/4 inch and slip-stitched those two together. There was a lot of hand work, so I made sure I had all the stuff together, then did this on my lap as we drove on a trip. (winter driving is better than summer when you have a quilt on your lap) But I think it turned out beautiful and you can't tell. Now I am machine quilting over those joints. Lots of fun.

  5. Oh, Leah! I can't believe that you had a link to the GORGEOUS Delft Remix fabric! Now I covet it!!!!

  6. Your project update is great. I have a question about your Wonderland project: It looked like each square you showed already had been quilted w/ batting and back. So how do you connect them all together w/ no seams showing?

    Also, I've been really enjoying your Stitch It Up a Notch series. The videos are really helpful. I'm going to try your scrap charger thing soon!
    gotta go sew! Wendy @ ThatSeamsFun

  7. Hi Wendi - That's a great question! I haven't really decided how to connect them yet.

    This is a "quilt as you go" method where you quilt the blocks individually and then connect them later.

    I'm very tempted to do a binding method where I use binding strips cut at specific widths to connect the blocks.

    That would be the easy thing to do...

    But then I also have a wave edge ruler and am thinking about making the connecting strips wavy to go along with the snow theme of the quilt.

    I plan to do a post showing the two different bindings, plus info on how the blocks can be connected later next week.

    I'm muscling through this quilt! Only 4 blocks left!

    Let's go quilt!

    Leah Day


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