The Free Motion Quilting Project: Back Home, Getting Back on Track

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Back Home, Getting Back on Track

Dad is nearly 100% recovered and feeling great after his hip replacement so this weekend I came home and today I'm getting back on track, checking in with the various projects I have in progress around the house. I actually got a lot done at Dad's house, but it was always in a "make-do" sort of way. Like sewing at his coffee table:

Dad's coffee table is actually a pine and cedar blanket chest, so the sides are solid. This makes it really uncomfortable to sew with the foot pedal because the angle it puts my leg. So instead of fighting cramped calves, I stuck the foot pedal between my legs like a Thigh Master and mashed it to control the speed of the machine!

Once I got the backing of my quilt pieced, I was ready to mark the top. Dad and I managed this together on his tiny kitchen table:

And the final step was basting the Basket Weave quilt on the floor. I don't think I've basted a quilt on the floor since 2006! I definitely missed my big folding tables at home, but it wasn't so bad because the quilt was only 46 inches square.

While it was a bit hard on my knees, I enjoyed every step of working on this quilt at Dad's house.

Now that I'm home, I'm headed out to the Crafty Cottage to machine quilt it. I figure since the Basket Weave quilt was such an easy patchwork design, the quilting should match the piecing and be super simple as well.

Be looking for the quilting video coming out this week!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Glad to hear your Dad is much improved with his new hip. Probably will take awhile longer for him to feel like he can dance on table tops. LOL! Great idea to use the sewing machine foot petal as a thigh master. I'll have to start doing that when I sew now.


  2. Leah, where do a purchase a stencil to mark a cirle on a block.

    1. You can find them on Cindy Needham's website right here:

    2. Thank you very much. Working my self up to get a grip on my fmo quilting. Luv your posts and videos. I am learning a lo.

  3. Glad all is well. Isn't it amazing how fast they heal and how soon they are up and moving? I was shocked at how quick my husband was back to normal.


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