The Free Motion Quilting Project: New FMQ Craftsy Class

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New FMQ Craftsy Class

Craftsy is continually expanding their class selection with wonderful classes on everything from cooking to painting to photography. Today I'm featuring a fun new beginner free motion quilting class taught by Elizabeth Dackson:

Start Free-Motion Quilting is a beginner quilting class that focuses on 9 simple designs that can quilt a variety of spaces and styles of quilts. Each design is demonstrated on a small fabric sandwich, so you can see how the design is stitched clearly.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Personally I love Elizabeth's three golden rules to learning free motion quilting:

1. Practice, Practice, Practice
2. Forgive yourself
3. Walk away when you get too frustrated

This class is filled with helpful tips on basting your quilt, moving it on the machine, and troubleshooting issues like thread breaks. Free motion quilting can be hard to get the hang of initially, but with practice and patience, you will be quilting beautifully in no time!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

While Elizabeth and I don't agree on everything free motion quilting related, I think it's great to take classes from a variety of teachers. Everyone teaches these techniques and designs a little differently because this is such a unique craft.

Learning from a variety of teachers will force you to realize that there definitely isn't a single way to do any of this and we all have to find what works for us and our machines! So definitely check out this new Craftsy class - Start Free-Motion Quilting today!

Click here to sign up and get 17% off this fun new class!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I always recommend taking classes from different teachers. That way you can take the best of what works for you. BTY great review of the class.

  2. Thanks for giving us the heads up! I do agree that different teachers are a good idea. I never bother to actually do many of the projects in a Crafty class, but watching the videos and absorbing the ideas and going to your own projects and using what you gather - that's the ticket! I love it. Craftsy is a great venue, and Leah Day's site is ALWAYS a great venue - so many designs to inspire!

  3. One thing I love about you Leah is that you don't mind shouting out others' praises as well as sharing your own amazing work. Thanks for keeping it real and inspiring!!

  4. Thanks for sharing about my class, Leah! I agree, especially with free-motion quilting, I recommend taking classes from a variety of teachers. I couldn't agree more, FMQ'ing is a very personal journey and it's important to understand that there are many different styles and paths you can take along the way! Thanks so much for your kind words about the class, I really appreciate them :)


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