The Free Motion Quilting Project: Gearing Up for a Workshop

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gearing Up for a Workshop

It's Wednesday and time to check in the studio to see what's really going on! I'm happy to say I've jumped back on Duchess Reigns and am getting lost in her outer borders:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Intense is about the only word that can describe this quilt. It's requires intense focus, it looks intense, quilting it feels intense. It's also very time consuming so instead of setting the goal to finish a whole section every day (impossible), I'm instead setting the goal to empty 1 or 2 bobbins a day.

With so much thread going in such a small space, I'm not moving through this area very quickly, but speed isn't the point. She'll be done when she's done and that's just fine.

This Wednesday happens to hit around the middle of the month so I'm doing my usual business chores of printing out receipts and financial documents to take to my bookkeeper. While it's a pain in the butt to get it all organized and remember the 4 different sites and pages I need to fiddle with, it always feels so good when I've got it done and the books are in order once again.

With my pile of docs all ready to go, I'm getting geared up for my workshop this weekend at Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop in Greensboro. Something special I've designed for this class is practice fabric from Spoonflower which I'll cut and sandwich before leaving town on Friday:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm intrigued to see if a practice square is something students enjoy in person. Being a mostly online teacher, I find it fun to experiment with new ideas in person, then figure out ways to make them work online as well. There's always something new to learn and try!

Now I'm off to see what else I can slice, sort, and stack to prep for this class and hopefully have time to knock out a little more of the lion in Duchess Reigns.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. those practice squares are a great idea!

  2. WOW, dutches is looking amazing. Yes she looks intense, but she will be intensely stunning when done. I'm in envy of your skill and patience.

  3. Hey Leah,
    First off, thanks for being such an amazing teacher! I have only just begun my quilting journey, but your posts and videos have encouraged me to persevere with my current equipment, and that has helped me loads. I promise to try free motion in earnest soon! With that in mind, I would like to see more preprinted backgrounds, like the express your love one that you have on spoonflower, designed for free motion quilting practice. It would be nice to get a head start, have a chance of creating something beautiful but without running the risk of ruining a top I've spent time piecing. :-)
    Keep up the good work,
    Rowan Anderson

  4. Leah, I am in absolute awe of your quilting. I was going to use the word "awesome" but that is such an overused term these days that it doesn't convey what I feel any more. Great idea to use practise squares.


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