The Free Motion Quilting Project: Feeding the Thread Monster

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Feeding the Thread Monster

It's Wednesday and I've been busy feeding the thread monster this morning:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm definitely making progress, but it is so excruciatingly SLOW! I never realized in the design process of this quilt that I was making repeated decisions that would add hours and hours of work to the quilt.

Next time I test, I'm going to note time as well and if I run across a super time consuming technique at least I'll know what I'm getting myself into. Still, my goal is to be done with this quilt by the beginning of October. Knocking out 2 hours a day isn't much, but it's definitely doing more than nothing!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
I'm hoping I can tackle this beast of a corner this afternoon!

Online I've been busy working on the quilt gallery on It's finally finished and I've set permanent redirects from the old site. Now all that's left is moving article pages over and then the site will be officially complete!

Working on computer stuff is never as much fun as quilting, and I have to be careful not to get too sucked into it, otherwise I won't manage to quilt anything all day. I've started setting timers just to keep time in check so I don't get lost in computer work all day.

Yesterday I even got back into the studio to sew up the shirt I cut out last weekend. After adding 1/2 inch of extra space in two different places, it's finally fitting properly!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I made the modification for my first shirt after taking the Craftsy class Sew the Perfect Fit. I didn't make enough of an adjustment, and I wasn't exactly sure where the adjustment should go exactly, so the first shirt I made of this pattern wasn't perfect. It pulled painfully around the armhole and I didn't have enough ease to feel comfortable.

This time around, I had started watching another class - Fast Track Fitting - which is all about taking the proper measurements first and applying them to the pattern. Proper measurements??? That's a novel idea!

Really it's shocking that I've ever made anything that's fit properly because my measurements have always been off like crazy. I'm looking forward to having a much easier time fitting and sewing new shirts from here on out!

All that's left on my shirt is sewing buttons on the front and turning the bottom hem. I'm off to take care of those two little tasks and then plan to feed Duchess Reigns at least 3 bobbins worth of thread this afternoon.

And no, I have absolutely no idea how many spools of thread she's eaten so far. My estimation is around 15 - 20 spools so far!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Leah, is the thick white along side the feathers paint or thread? It really adds a lovely effect.

  2. Jessim - It's ALL freaking thread! At this point, I really wish it was paint. That would be faster...I'm off to get another spool and another 25 bobbins wound. Lol.


  3. Wow- that is amazing! Your thread build up is so even, I really didn't know it was thread!

  4. I am blown away by how much thread she is absorbing but then I remind myself you are 'painting' her with thread. So of course, it takes a lot of thread to make her so gorgeous.

  5. Your quilting is amazing, I love seeing photos of Duchess Reigns.

    I have a dress I started unpicking to alter the fit and now that I've left it for years (oops) I need to sew it back together as it was because it seems to fit now. At least I know for the future that I can use the pattern as is. You have inspired me to pull it out and get on with it.

  6. You certainly are getting lots and lots and lots of practice! Which must be getting into automatic mode now. Love your work!

  7. It is so amazing. The quilting is so wonderful.
    Thanks for keeping us all in the loop of your progress.
    I hope you will enter it in a show that's close to me so I can attend and see it in person.

  8. Every time I see your progress I am blown away. I, too, have been wondering just how you are getting that wonderful effect with the feathers. It's just amazing. I know it's advanced FMQ, but would you consider showing us?


  9. Wow! your quilting is just breathtaking! I can't wait to see it all finished in October.

    Love that shirt. The armhole is always a problem area for me too. Sometimes the neck too.


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