The Free Motion Quilting Project: Piecing, Mounting Cameras, and Batik Fun

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Piecing, Mounting Cameras, and Batik Fun

It's Wednesday and time to check in on the studio and see what's stitchin'!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

All this week I've been piecing up a storm and shooting videos at the same time, which is a bit hard to do because my downstairs kitchen area has never been set up well for shooting videos. The ceilings are low, the lighting is either way too bright or way too dim, and the background is always messy and disorganized.

So as I've been piecing, I've occasionally had to stop and screw a new camera mount into the wall or ceiling. Not the most normal thing for a quilter to do, but hopefully I'll soon have this area sorted out so I can shoot cutting, pressing, piecing, and applique videos just as easily as my free motion quilting videos.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm often emailed for details about filming and yes, once I get my kitchen better set up I plan to share a video tutorial just on making video tutorials! The one thing I've learned over the years is that you can do a whole lot with almost nothing so long as you're willing to try. Jump in, make some mistakes, play, and remember that perfection only comes through trial, error, and practice.

And maybe it helps to know that even after making videos for 6 years, I'm still learning and figuring things out one step at a time!

When I've not been fiddling around with my camera setup, I've also jumped back into dyeing fabric, specifically trying out wax resist batik. I've been feeling really stressed out and anxious lately, and nothing chills me out like painting wax on fabric.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So that's what's going on in my sewing room today! You can expect some videos on these new techniques coming soon!

Let's go quilt,


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