The Free Motion Quilting Project: StudioE Fabric Challenge

Friday, September 23, 2011

StudioE Fabric Challenge

Recently I was recommended to participate in the StudioE Fabric Challenge by my quilting friend Susan Brubaker Knapp.

Basically the challenge was to create a quilt using fabrics from StudioE tone on tone lines: Just Color and Watermark.

The company wants the quilts to to be made to specific sizes so they will all fit together nicely to create a quilt / art gallery effect in the Studio E Fabric booth at Houston International Quilt Festival.

Since I received a large selection of green, blue, and purple fabric, I've decided to create a simple landscape quilt for the challenge that should finish around 24" x 48":

free motion quilting | Leah DaySince I've just gotten back from the Ricky Tims Seminar, I really want to try out some of the new techniques I've learned on this quilt. The biggest thing I learned from the Seminar was to work faster using simpler construction techniques.

So the entire top was pieced in 2 days using Ricky's Caveman Construction technique! How's that for fast?

free motion quilting | Leah DayAbove is a shot of slicing and laying out the fabrics for the sky section. It's a very free-form way to piece. You wouldn't use this method if you want EXACTLY this design or EXACTLY that shape. It's more just how your rotary cutter slices them and how things fit back together.

So now that the top is together, I'm off to press and starch the snot out of it, then baste it to death to get ready for the quilting!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Will be looking forward to seeing it quilted!

  2. I love their jobs, are wonderful.
    A hug from Spain

  3. I love using the caveman form of cutting - it's so liberating
    I'll look forward to seeing how you quilt this up

  4. Looking at your background really makes me want to make a quilt with large, solid coloured blocks so I can try out each of your designs.. :-)

    p.s. I've been folloing you on youtube for over a year now.. thanks for all you do!

  5. Leah, your use of the word "faster" with this quilt worries me. I feel that the actual process should be enjoyed as part of the journey of piecing and quilt making, and this need for it all to be faster, quicker, etc takes that pleasure away and puts pressure on people who can't "do" things in an hour, one day, one week and so on. Simple is good, easy is great, but faster...? Surely, slow down and enjoy what you are doing.....
    Fabulous site, awesome content and lovely girl! It has been a privilege watching you blossom.


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