The Free Motion Quilting Project: FMQ Project Link Up

Friday, January 31, 2014

FMQ Project Link Up

free motion quilting | Leah DayWhew! It's the last day of the month and our last Friday link up of the month. My head is spinning with how amazing and awesome this month has been launching the new Building Blocks Quilt Along, teaching so many quilters how to piece and free motion quilt, and also work with Josh to create new videos to help beginners in particular.

This week we both tackled the last design for our four patch block: big spirals stitched into all four patches of the block. 

Click here to read my post and video on spirals. Yes, this is a pretty big spiral shape, and challenging to quilt it the way I demonstrate in the video.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Josh's video on spirals was a lot more realistic to a beginner's perspective as he rotated the block dozens of times to work into the center and back out to stitch one spiral. We also caught a common thread issue on camera - the machine moving in a direction it doesn't like and causing the thread to twist up around the needle.

Paying attention to your thread, especially around the needle area, is a super good habit to get into. Usually if your machine doesn't like what's going on, it will let you know immediately in subtle ways before you break thread completely.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
This week I also shared a new design called Broken Eggs, which combined a lot of different textures into one design that was supposed to look like cracked eggs with the yolk and white swirling all around.

In the video I was sort of designing / quilting at the same time and making decisions for this design on the fly. This kind of creative stitching is very freeing, and you never really know what you will end up with.

So that's what I've been busy stitching! 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!

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