The Free Motion Quilting Project: FMQ Project Link Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

FMQ Project Link Up

It's Friday and time to link up with the cool things we've free motion quilted this week!

This week I've been putting the finishing touches on my first fabric line. I'm calling it Quilt ME! and it's fabric designed to be cut and pieced like normal fabric, but the quilting design is printed too, so to quilt, all you have to do is follow the lines:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This has been tons of fun to play with, but lots and lots of work! I never new it was so tricky to get all the lines to connect together just right. It makes me respect fabric manufacturers so much more because they handle the repeats for hundreds of designs a year.

Just in case you're interested in designing fabric yourself, I learned how to do this from the book: A Field Guide to Fabric Design

Basically you start with an idea and draw the lines on small square of paper. To get the repeats to connect perfectly, you cut the paper apart and tape it back together, drawing more lines that cover the gaps.

It's a bit hard to explain, but this book does such a great job explaining the process. I decided to start small with just 5 designs: Stippling, Pebbling, Paisley, Gridlines, and one rainbow diamond stripe that could work as a border fabric for fun.

Despite the effort to color and design each fabric, I'm extremely pleased with the results and super happy to have such bright, cheerful colors to play with!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I plan to use my sample squares to test different battings to know how they act - how it would shrink, how my quilting stitches would look, if the quilt would be soft or not, etc. The only way to test batting is to put it in a sandwich, quilt it, zigzag the edges then throw it in the wash and see what happens.

Today I'm going to cut 12 inch squares of batting and piece together samples from my Quilt Me! Fabric and quilt on the lines. The lines are spaced 1/2 inch apart, which is my preferred scale for bed quilts.

I also plan to quilt a small section of each block very densely. I really want to see how different battings react to dense quilting. I'm looking for a batting that will still finish soft, but not too wrinkly and crinkly.

So that's what I'm up to today! 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. This fabric line is just fabulous. I might just buy it and use it as regular fabric for piecing too :-).

    Thank you for putting this together and congratulations on your first fabric line!

  2. Hi!!! Your fabric is very pretty and putting the quilting lines on it is brilliant!!!!

  3. That is really cool fabric. Like the colours and the idea. Just putting this together in sashed blocks would make a fun quilt.

  4. Those looks beautiful! Congrats! So cool!

  5. After reading some nice stuff in your article I really feel speechless, because it is quit pretty article. Beside this it is also a long lasting article. Thanks for giving me such type of useful information..

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  6. Am I correct in assuming this is like the "Spoonflower" fabric, in that the marked lines do not wash out and remove themselves? So, if you are offline, you are just plain off. Right?


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