The Free Motion Quilting Project: FMQ Project Link Up

Friday, January 24, 2014

FMQ Project Link Up

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt's finally Friday and time to link up! This week Josh and I both quilted gridlines on a four patch block.

free motion quilting | Leah DayJosh's post and video on gridlines is right here, and it includes a helpful demo from me on hiding your loose threads in the middle layer of the quilt.

In the video we also discussed a stitch issue that looks like a glob of thread on the back of your quilt. This happens when you stop moving the quilt or block, but forget to take your foot off the pedal. If the machine continues to stitch, the thread will build up to create a noticeable knot or glob on the back of the quilt.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

If you're seeing lots of little knots on the back of your blocks too, just remember it's okay to stop and take your foot off the pedal completely so you adjust the block, think about where you're going next, or reposition your hands.

Also posted to the project this week is Kidney Stones! This funky design will look great quilted in large and small scale so definitely give it a try this week:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So that's what we've been quilting! What have you been working on this week?

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!

Grab a button to easily link back to the Free Motion Quilting Project!

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  1. Leah, where can I grab the button for the FMQ Project Link Up.

  2. I'm having difficulty making the nine patch square. I'm fine with the square until I attach the top and bottom boarders. Did I miss a correction or have I made a mistake making the nine patch squares?

  3. Hi Zelda - We're not piecing the 9 patch block until February so I don't want to jump ahead right now. To quickly answer your question - it's okay if the borders don't end up exactly 10 inches square, and it's also okay if the edges aren't even. All the blocks have an extra 1 inch added all around to make them easier to quilt, so understand you will not be quilting to, or using, the entire block to make your quilt.

  4. JoAnne - Great suggestion! I've added a grab a button box to the bottom of the FMQ Link Up pages and will include this box in all link ups from now on.

  5. Hi Leah. When I quilted the last square on block 2 I found with the straight lines that I ended up with a pleat under the last stitch at the bottom. What can I do 2 fix this.

  6. Hi Jacqueline - You could leave it and cross your fingers that the binding we use to put the blocks together covers it. Or you could rip it out.

    Personally I would leave it because ripping will be time consuming and really not the point of this project. The point is to learn, and with this block, right on that pleat, you learned a valuable lesson about fabric shifting.

    The choice is yours, but I hope you won't beat yourself up about the pleat. I've certainly stitched a whole ton of them into my quilts and they still finished fine!

  7. Hi Leah, For some reason I have not been getting your link to your new classes. I paid for the booklet but have not received anything so far. Unsure why!!!!!! Little disappointed as I wanted to follow you so much and do the block as well. Wondering what I should do! Any ideas Leah and Josh seeing you are the pc man!!!!Julie

  8. Hi Julie - We're not sending out newsletters when posts come out, but instead sending out a message on Thursday with a list of all the week's posts. The place to sign up for the newsletter is in the upper right corner of every page of the blog.


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