The Free Motion Quilting Project: FMQ Project Link Up

Friday, April 4, 2014

FMQ Project Link Up

free motion quilting | Leah DayIt's Friday and what a wonderful week it has been! The weather is FINALLY warm and beautiful, we've enjoyed many lazy evenings out in the yard, and I've squeezed in a lot of quilting and design time too, which always makes me super happy!

This week we kicked off with our last quilting design in a Rail Fence Block. Click here to see my video on Circles and Stairs.

Circles can be a challenging shape for beginners so don't beat yourself up for every wobbly edge! When you step back to look at it, I promise you will see the circle and not the imperfections.

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Case in point is Josh's block, which I think is absolutely terrific! Click here to watch Josh's video. After he finished stitching it though, I can remember him feeling pretty down about this block because he didn't stay on the lines perfectly.

Perfection here really isn't the point - learning how to move and position the block, learning where to place your hands and how to control your speed - these things are more important and it sometimes takes making some mistakes to discover these abilities.

In other news, we will soon have new Spoonflower fabric to play with! I've spent weeks playing with colors and waiting patiently (and not so patiently) for new swatches to arrive, and next week we should have a new version of the Building Blocks Cheater Cloth to enjoy!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Even better than that, I'll also be sharing my new fabric line I'm calling Quilt ME! because it's fabric that's printed with quilting designs like Stippling, Pebbling, and Paisley drawn on a 1/2 inch scale so you can quilt right on the printed lines.

No matter how you cut and piece this fabric, you can always quilt right on the lines and be able to finish your blocks beautifully!

Whew! No wonder it's been such a fun week - I've been playing with fabric every day! So what have you been working on?

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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  1. Cant wait for the new cheater cloth. Love the colors. I just received the boxes with all the colors cheater cloth. Apparently though there was an issue with the quality of the color and I got an email saying they are re-sending them. Just have got to love the amazing customer service they provide.

  2. Josh's block looks amazing. I can't believe how far he's come in so short a time. Is he or has he been a video gamer? They always have great hand-eye coordination, judging by my two grown sons!

  3. Linda - Actually Josh and I both play lots of video games! We both grew up playing Zelda and it was one of the first games we shared while we were dating. I'm not sure if this helps with free motion, but it's definitely fun!

  4. Ha, Zelda was THE favorite around here when the boys were growing up, and for my husband as well!


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