The Free Motion Quilting Project: My Cup Runneth Over - Part 5

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Cup Runneth Over - Part 5

Today I finally got back to fusing the water section of My Cup Runneth Over!

I woke up early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. Honestly, I like getting up before Josh or James because the house is so quiet.

It's at these times I really feel free to concentrate completely on what I'm working on.

Today it really worked out wonderfully because I was able to shoot this video on fusing the water section.

I ramble on a bit in this video (it was 7:30 am, I'm not always thinking straight that early), but I've had so many questions about this part of this quilt, I figured the best thing to do was try and answer them all in one short video.

I mention Robbi Joy Eklow in this video and her book Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter. I have really enjoyed this book a lot. Robbi's writing style is clear, straight forward, and confidence building.

Maybe I'm also biased to this book because in the very first chapter, Robbi caused me to realize something very important:

There are more quilt designs in my head than I have time to create, therefore, I must start getting these quilts created faster.

And part of getting my goddesses produced faster will be to start fusing them.

I'll be honest: I've been resistant to fusible applique. This might sound silly, but I've dug in my heels for years with all sorts of excuses like:

"It'll make the quilt too stiff."

"It'll gum up my needle."

"It'll look messy and imperfect."

Finally after reading Free Expression and drooling over the photos, most of which you can't even TELL Robbi used fused applique in, I've finally gotten over my hang up.

I officially like fusible applique!

But then again, I still might be speaking too soon. I haven't actually quilted this water section yet, so I really don't know what's going to happen when I start quilting over it.

It won't be too long of a wait though! I finished the fusing this morning and connected the 2 sections together this afternoon.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I think she came together pretty well! The water is actually prettier and more dramatic than I had imagined it. I think the Sewbatik Nuance batiks really made it perfect.

Now I'm off to take a nap. While I may be more productive in the morning when I wake up early, it always catches up with me eventually!

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. She's coming along beautifully! I LOVE the colors of the flowing water. Can't wait to see what happens next... :) Theri

  2. Thank you so much for documenting and sharing this quilt from the beginning. It is really inspiring! I hope one day to see your goddess in person...let me know if you are ever in Arizona :-)

  3. Love your water goddess. I linked to your post from here

    It's not really your fault you know.

    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

  4. Oh my.... beautiful does not come close to how that water looks...... And now, I have a fabric line I need to find!! Thanks alot Leah!!!

    (and a book to check out too!!)

  5. Leah - It is absolutely amazing and beautiful. Thank you for allowing us to watch you create your masterpiece. You are truly an inspiration.

  6. Yayyy!! It already looks so beautiful and inspiring, Leah.

    I am SO curious about the quilting coming next. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see your work and thoughts about it, as we go along. Thank you!

  7. Leah It looks beautiful and thank you for the explanation as you go...I am looking forward to see the next stage...well done!

  8. Looks like the fusible technique is working great for you! She's gorgeous! Can you tell me what the background fabric is on your fusing video? The blue/yellow/white one that looks like a sky. I love it!

  9. Very Good Job!! I cant wait to see what kind of quilting you put on it!! Happily Quilting Natalie Carlton

  10. This is JUST AMAZING, Leah.
    come over to my blog and see what you inspired me to do.
    Thanks for all your amazing tutorials. I Love you for that.

  11. Leah, when I am placing fussy bits of fused fabrics, I use a pair of forceps to help control where they get positioned. I have lots of them from suture removal kits as I am a nurse practitioner.

  12. Wow! that is awesome. Two questions... with the fusible applique, do you ever get fuzzy edges on the little pieces?

    also, when I have used Wonder Under, I found it gummed up my needle a lot. So I switched to Heat'n Bond. Have you had any problems with WU?

    Just became a fan on Facebook.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


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