The Free Motion Quilting Project: A New Transition

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New Transition

Many of you know that for the last six months my husband, Josh, has been expecting to lose his job in January. Because we were alerted to the fact very early, we've spent the last several months working together to build my quilting business big enough to support our family.

family | Leah DayThis transition was never going to be easy, but with time and planning, we were both confident everything would work out fine.

But sometimes reality decides to throw wrenches in the mix!

For a combination of reasons, Josh has decided to leave his job four months early, effective as of today.

Why this sudden break from "the plan?"

Well, to be perfectly honest, we were all at our breaking point. Josh could only do so much to help me without shorting tasks for his job. He was packing all the orders from our site, but the cross over from two different businesses on one computer was a real headache.

Even though Josh was taking care of orders, I was still processing hours of email, video editing, website maintenance, and then squeezing in writing on top of it all, usually some time after midnight.

Now you must understand that I absolutely, positively love this business. This has been my goal to own my own business since I was about 12, and it's normally like a dream come true.

But lately it's been like an extended stay in purgatory. Too much stress, too much responsibility, and the most important thing: this project and my writing - has been the thing to suffer the most.

So yesterday after a lot of number crunching, debating, and finally decision making, Josh and I decided to make his break come early.

Is this the smartest decision? It's hard to say, but at this point it's the ONLY decision that make the most sense and will benefit everyone involved.

Already Josh has been working to make changes that will take loads of pressure off my shoulders. He has created a new email address and will be taking over all customer service emails for the sites, as well as be able to pack and ship orders much more efficiently.

free motion quilting | Leah DayEven this small change has lightened my load and today plan to get back into my studio for the first time in several days!

Working with Josh will also allow us to make many necessary changes to our Quilt Shop.

Currently we're phasing out several old products in order to have room for many new items coming in the next few months.

Josh and I are both really looking forward to working together to build this business as a family with the responsibility being equally shared between us.

So now what can you look forward to in the coming months?!

Well, I've finally decided that it's time to discontinue the Free Motion Fillers Volume 1 and Volume 2 digital workbooks. These only will be available until September 15th.

Of course I will be finishing off the How Do I Quilt This?! Series with Section Quilting starting next week and Show Quilting starting the next week.

The new book From Daisy to Paisley and the new DVD Beginner Free Motion Quilting Fillers will both roll out (crossing my fingers) on September 25th. UPDATE: Both products are now available in our shop at

Make sure you're a member of the project newsletter (sign up in the upper right hand corner of this page) to get the most current news on when the book will be ready to preorder.

Of course, we'll always have new filler designs coming each week, and I'm hoping around the end of September I can share a few awesome videos on fun holiday projects I'm planning to make for family and friends this fall.

Whew! It's a busy month, but I feel so positive about this transition!

Josh is psyched to be on board full time and together we will both work even better to bring you more awesome quilting videos, inspiration, and information every day.

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Best wishes on your new endeavor! I am sure that it was difficult and scary to make the decision.

  2. Congrats, Leah and Josh, on making a bold decision. Your incredible talent shines through in all that you do--best wishes for breakout success!

  3. Best wishes Leah and Josh, coming from a lifetime of entrepreneurship experience. My standard answer when someone asks me what I do is "I have multiple streams of income." :)

    You will never know until you try!


  4. Leah, I wish you and Josh the best in your business endeavor. Sounds to me like you already have the business built up (to it's breaking point) and having your husband as a full partner can only help it grow.

  5. Congratulations on being so brave! I wish you and your family all the best with your new business!

  6. Leah, I hope everything works out well for you and Josh - and thank you for all that you share with us here - I know that I for one have gained confidence and knowledge by the bucket load - thank you

  7. Congratulations on making the leap! This is such an exciting time for you and Josh...hopefully, now, with his help, you two can enjoy your business growing!

  8. Leah, I wish you & Josh the best of luck. Hope your business grows by leaps & bounds!

    -debby, Chester NY

  9. Congratulations and best of luck to you on this big step!!

  10. Congratulations on your "new" business partner. I have recently discovered your website and I just love it! Best of luck to you and Josh as you follow your dream and passion. May you have nothing but great success!

  11. Wow! Sounds like there's lots going on at your house. I hope you have some time to kick back and take a break soon!

  12. Congratulations! Together you can conquer anything. :)

  13. Congrats to you and Josh. How great that he's supporting you in this dream of yours. Wishing you much success!

  14. Congratulations Leah.
    Best of everything to you and your adorable family.
    You have added so much to the quilting world.

    Happy Sewing, I hope its always joyful for you.

  15. Oh that's exciting! I'm excited for you and I know you two will do just fine and be just fine! How wonderful to be able to work together and you will accomplish much!!

    So enjoy your blog and your online shop. You are such an inspiration to us all !

    Many blessings on this new endeavor!! You have many cheering you on :)

  16. Wow you guys, tough choices, but you know whats best for you no one else...someone once said do what you LOVE and money WILL follow...

  17. I wish you all the best for your new venture.

  18. Welcome, Josh! I have a feeling that this is going to be a very successful endeavor for both of you.

  19. Best of luck to you both with the business! You are an inspiration!

  20. Wishing you both every success in your new business & life :)

  21. Good luck, I be reading and learning from you. Thank you for sharing with us

  22. Making your plan and working your plan. . .nothing better! Best wishes to both of you.

  23. congratulations on you new endevour together. I'm sure you have made the right work/life decision.


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