The Free Motion Quilting Project: Transformation Challenge Update

Friday, March 18, 2011

Transformation Challenge Update

Have you been working on your challenge piece for the 9 by 12 Transformation Challenge!?

I sure hope so! This exciting contest will officially start on April 1st, so if you haven't started working on something yet, what are you waiting for?

If this is the first time you've heard about the challenge, click here for the full page of details, rules, and schedule of events.

I've received many good questions about the challenge recently so here's a little FAQ:

Can quilters from other countries (outside the US) enter?

Absolutely! The more people who enter, the more fun and inspiring this challenge will be!

Should the orientation of the quilt be portrait like your example?

free motion quilting | Leah DayI created this 9 by 12 quilt as an example for this challenge:

I choose to set up this quilt with Portrait (vertical) orientation because it worked best for my design, but if you have a design that would work better with a Landscape (horizontal) orientation, go for it!

This is YOUR piece to play with in any way you choose, so definitely play with either Portrait or Landscape orientation to see what will work best for your piece and best interpret the theme of transformation.

Do I have to have a website or blog to enter?

Nope! I going list photos and links to the websites or blogs of all finalists, but that doesn't mean you have to have a website or blog to enter.

You will need a flickr account to post the photos of your piece online. Click here to learn how you can easily get a flickr account set up in a few minutes.

Do I have to use a domestic (home) machine?

Nope! If you're a longarmer and want to quilt your challenge quilt on your longarm machine that is perfectly fine!

I really can't tell the difference between a quilt quilted on a longarm or a quilt quilted on a domestic machine. I do believe this challenge will be easier to quilt on a domestic simply because it's so small.

So that's it for the questions that have come up lately! If you have more questions about the challenge feel free to post them in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Another question about the Challenge. The edges have to be finished. Do you want a binding finish? You had said that you might want to combine the winners in a larger quilt.

  2. Hi Roberta - However you wish to finish the edges are fine. Binding, zig zag, fusing, etc could all be used to seal the edges so no raw strings hang out.

    Let's go quilt,



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