The Free Motion Quilting Project: FMQ Project Link Up

Friday, January 3, 2014

FMQ Project Link Up

free motion quilting | Leah Day
It's a new year and I think it's time we started calling this link up the FMQ Project link up since we will be learning both free motion quilting AND piecing as we stitch together through the Building Blocks Quilt Along this year.

Basically every Friday you can click the blue button at the bottom of this post and share a link to a post on your blog, or a photo on facebook or flickr, showcasing either your progress on the quilt along or anything you've free motion quilted recently.

I'll start the ball rolling! This week we've kicked off strong with the Building Blocks Introduction, which is continuing to grow in length as more questions roll in!

I've updated this post twice now to answer questions about using the Spoonflower printed panel and to list the correction to the one mistake found in the pattern so far, so make sure to check out that intro post again to make note of the correction to Page 90.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Also posted this week is a short video (and much longer post) of Piecing Tips to let you in on what tools and materials I'll be using for piecing.

This should come in handy if this is the very first quilt you've ever pieced and quilted and you have questions about the process.

On the free motion quilting front, I haven't managed to get on my machine since the start of vacation, but I have been enjoying coloring filler designs into a coloring calendar James got for Christmas:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
If you're looking for a relaxing (and super cheap!) way to practice filler designs, grab a pack of markers and a coloring book, and practice filling your favorite designs into the spaces on the page.

This not only will help you work through all those little weird areas and get a better handle on how a design works, it also looks better on the page and uses less marker ink!

So that's what I've been busy with this week. What have you been up to?

Simple rules for the FMQ Project Link Up:

1. Link up with a post that features something you've learned from the Free Motion Quilting Project.
2. Somewhere in your post, please link back here.
3. Comment on at least 2 other links. Share your love of free motion quilting and make this weekly link up a fun way to connect with other quilters around the world!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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  1. Your FMQ practice idea using coloring books is so simple and excellent!

  2. Happy New year Leah!

    This time last year all I could really do was meander. Since then I can't believe all the patterns I have tried out during the past year. Your videos were great for getting me started, I've been experimenting for months, and now I'm on a roll. A thousand thanks!

    Love from England,

  3. Oh my gosh, I love the coloring book/filler-design idea...genius!! Looking forward to seeing this new project develop. Thanks for all you do.


  4. I like the coloring book idea, Leah. Another thing that might be fun is to take a photo of the finished quilt top, print it out in black and white, then grab those markers and have some fun!

  5. Congratulations Leah on your new Project - you've been such an inspiration and mentor to so many of us! Thank you, thank you!

  6. I love the idea of using coloring books to practice fillers! I'm a firm believer of doodling to imprint the pattern in your brain. I'm usually doodling on a blank page without anything to work around. This adds a realism to make it a much more effective practice for quilting.

  7. Thanks for the nice comment on my word. Do you need to be a no-reply blogger? I know that recently blogger flipped that switch on some accounts and mention it in case it wasn't your intent.

  8. Hi Sophie - It's certainly not my intent to be a no-reply blogger, but for some reason I'm having trouble locating exactly where to turn that off! Cheers for pointing it out and letting me know.


    Leah Day


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