The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilting with Jessica Marks

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Quilting with Jessica Marks

Today we have a super helpful video from Jessica Marks, an excellent quilter who has been quilting along with the Machine Quilting Block Party:

Jessica Marks's beautiful Blazing Sawtooth
I loved watching Jessica's video and hearing her perspective on the block and designs. Jessica is working outside her comfort zone and quilting on a larger scale than she's used to, which can feel really challenging if you're used to quilting on a tiny scale.

Quilting outside of your comfort zone is always going to feel scary and...well...uncomfortable!

Like Jessica, I love to micro-quilt and found it very easy to hide mistakes in extremely dense stitching. Making bigger shapes requires a different movement with your hands and arms and it's easier to wobble out of control. You're going to make mistakes because it's something different, and yes, some of them may show.

But you've got to risk it! Risk your blocks being imperfect, trust the experience of making them, and that by the end you will have gained new knowledge and ability from the journey.

Thank you so much, Jessica, for bravely sharing your block with us and your journey to becoming a better quilter. You're already amazing, and I can't wait to see where this project takes you!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Exciting to have this posted on your blog! I wish I had noticed my video cut off when I uploaded it!

  2. Very interesting to watch! I haven't started on mine yet! But love to see all the progress other people make! Have fun everyone!

  3. Um, I think she's underrating herself. She's really good at this.


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