The Free Motion Quilting Project: Filming in the new Crafty Cottage

Friday, June 26, 2015

Filming in the new Crafty Cottage

It's been a whirlwind the last few weeks, flying to Denver to shoot a new class for Craftsy (details coming soon!) and then flying back and immediately jumping into filming in the new Crafty Cottage.

I've been working all week on a new Video Workshop - a new term I'm using for when I package a lot of videos, instructions, and a pattern together. It's exciting to be able to film without interruption, and to finally be able to see some progress on projects that have been in limbo for months.

This first video workshop will be Quilting a King on Your Home Machine - a video series filled with tips on quilting very large quilts on a small machine. I cover basting a quilt in sections on a small table, quilting five beautiful designs, and then multiple videos about setting up your tables, shifting and dealing with the quilt bulk, and applying the designs to the quilt top.

New Filming Learning Curve

Learning how to film in this new space has also been an adventure! I've been using a lavalier microphone (pictured left) for the first time this week and it's been a challenge to remember to turn the mic on AND hit the record button.

I've ruined two great videos because I forgot one or the other and ended up with no audio. You'd think that would be a lesson I'd only have to learn once, but no, I repeated the exact same mistake a few hours later!

My video this week on Zigzag Path with a Walking Foot featured probably the worst audio in my history of making videos because somehow the recording got deleted and I didn't have time to film the whole video again. I had to use the echo-dominated audio from one of the video cameras which, judging from the negative comments on YouTube, it was pretty terrible.

Yes, it's a free video, and it was a freak combination of events that forced me to publish it, but yeah, it does sound pretty terrible...

More Filming Adventures!

The more I videos I create, the easier it gets and I'm already developing a routine that is working great as I blaze through the videos for the King video workshop.

Right now I have just a few more videos to shoot for the this new project and then it will be ready to go! I can absolutely say this is the BEST film making I've ever done!

So now that I can shoot new videos with ease I really need to know what YOU'RE interested in watching. More quilting design videos? Piecing videos? Other craft videos like knitting, crochet, weaving, or spinning?

I'd love to know what you're looking for so please share your opinion in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Wow! Be still my heart! I'd love to know more about how to quilt a (VERY) large project on my standard size machine! Maybe then I could finish that king top that has been lurking in my UFO cabinet!

    1. You're in luck Jacque! That's exactly what I'm working on and it should be ready in 2 weeks!

  2. I would love to see ruler work on the DSM. Enjoy all you work.

    1. Great suggestion Kath! I have a ruler foot I've been wanting to play with!

  3. I'd love to see a video about setting up to video my own quilting! :D

    1. I've been thinking about teaching this as well. Are you wanting to make videos to teach quilting too? Would you be interested in more info on turning that into a business? My wheels are turning!

    2. Yes and YES!!! :D I have pages and pages of ideas!

  4. You are such a busy gal! Have fun!

  5. I am looking forward to your video workshop. I know it will be outstanding like all of your other tutorials.


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