The Free Motion Quilting Project: No More Secrets!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

No More Secrets!

It's Wednesday, and what am I really working on???

For months I've kept quiet as I've worked through multiple secret projects and finally today, I've decided I just can't take it anymore! What is the point of keeping secrets anyway?!

So here's the deal: Today I'm mostly preparing and testing coupon codes for our huge Thanksgiving Sale, which will run from Thursday, November 28 to Monday, December 2nd. This has always been our favorite time to offer huge discounts so you can stock up on awesome quilting supplies for the winter!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I've also just been finishing up the final touches to the new Download version of Free Motion Basics For Beginners this time expanded into a 24 page PDF, which feels a lot more like a book than a video set! I've added images, more step-by-step practice exercises, and templates to guide your first steps into free motion quilting.

This new version of Free Motion Basics for Beginners is going to launch early next week, just as soon as Josh is finished polishing my text (I'm bad about misspelling, even with auto-correct!)

Finally, the last big secret I've been keeping under wraps is our project for the Free Motion Quilt Along next year.

This year has been a bit haphazard, working on Express Your Love in a very artistic, freeform way, which worked in a way, but after a lot of reflection, I realized I could be a much better teacher with a lot more planning and focus behind the project we work on together.

So I've been listening to quilters all year and specifically focusing on what questions are still not being properly answered about free motion quilting.

The #1 thing I've found is confusion about choosing designs. What goes where? How do you know, and then how do you quilt it quickly and logically without fuss?

We're going to answer all of these questions next year as we piece and quilt the blocks of a beautiful sampler quilt called Building Blocks. Yep, this is what I've been working on almost continually since September.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'll be posting more information about this project and the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern which will be coming to the Quilt Shop very soon.

Whew! I feel a lot better with all those secrets out in the open. It's exciting to plan and design these wonderful projects, but even better to be able to share exactly what's going on and what's coming soon!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. YES, what to quilt WHERE? is a BIG Question I ask every quilt I make. The Quilt along sounds like FUN!

  2. Hey I'm the same way - it's tough keeping secrets, LOL!

    That sounds like an awesome new series for next year :-)

  3. Hi Leah,
    I've had my eye on a couple of your Craftsy classes. I was wondering if you taught in one of your classes or your blog somewhere, a puzzle pieces-type design? Think jigsaw. Think Autism Speaks. I'm almost ready to layer and quilt a quilt for my son using Pieces of Hope by Riley Blake for Autism. I'm still pretty new at FMQ, but can you recommend some filler designs that might work well with the theme?
    Oh yeah, and the pattern is Swoon by Camille Roskelly.

  4. You've been busy. :) The quilt along sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. Leah, you are AMAZING! THANK YOU so much for your heart to give of yourself and help others! I CAN'T WAIT for the quilt along. This will be my first active class to join, and it makes my heart rate increase just thinking about it!!! :-) SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

  6. Looking forward to the quilt along!!


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