The Free Motion Quilting Project

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I Just Wanna Quilt!

I shared the podcast today, yes, a day late, but it's up! Click Here to find Episode 49: Quilting and Copyright with Elizabeth Townsend Gard.

Elizabeth is the host of the Just Wanna Quilt podcast which is about understanding the quilting industry with a bit of copyright and intellectual property business mixed in for fun.

I've certainly gained a different perspective on the quilting industry as a whole by listening to Elizabeth's podcast and I think you'll like it to. Click Here to find Just Wanna Quilt.

Around the house today, I was really dragging. Yesterday I thought I had food poisoning. Today I realized I just had a weird cold that included bonus GI issues. Ew!

But that seems to have leveled out now and I started feeling better about halfway through the day. I pushed myself to get out to the Crafty Cottage and finish the quilt block I was working on and start the next one.

I've also reset my upstairs sewing machine to the Juki Exceed F600. Yep, still had it hanging around downstairs for backup. I don't have an insert for it in the Quilty Table so I had to improvise a bit:

Surprisingly, this is working okay and I'm making more progress on my Twisted Squares quilt. I probably won't have it all finished by next Monday, but I'll have a lot more quilted than I did last week.

I'm going to turn on a Vampire Diaries episode to play in the background and quilt at least three blocks on that quilt to finish out the day. What are you working on this evening? I hope it's something that makes you smile!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Updating the Header! Whew!

Whew! I just changed out the header for this blog and it gave me fits getting the sizing and spacing just right. It's always scary to upload a new photo and hit "publish" only to find the image way smaller than you expected, shifted off center and looking really weird on the top of the page.

Just in case I ever need to come back and do this again: size the header a bit smaller than the width of the total blog (1200 pix worked good), then if needed wiggle the width in the advanced settings to get it just right.

I also made a new FMQ Project square logo. Again, just something that needs to update every couple of years.

I decided to use a picture of the 365 quilt I created with the first 365 free motion quilting designs shared here. I've been feeling a bit nostalgic today, just looking at some old designs and playing around with a few ideas that are taking me back to 2009.

I do have a podcast coming today, but I'm waiting on photos so it might be a bit late. It might not go up until tomorrow. I dropped the ball and forgot to ask for photos last week and didn't realize they weren't in the folder until late last night.

But that's okay! I'm glad I had a chance to do this little update and tool around a bit on the blog. I'm not feeling well (unhappy stomach) so I think it's time for a break, a cup of tea, and some time drawing at the kitchen table.

We also released the Super Squares and Sashing Workshop today. This quilting class is all about learning how to quilt designs into different spaces in your quilts. Click Here to check it out.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sock Darning Tutorial and Sneak Peek

Whew! It's been a really long filming day. I shot the podcast intro for tomorrow and began working on new videos for a quilt along I'll be sharing this fall with Sheri Cilfaldi-Morrill. Here's a little sneak peek of the block I was working on:

I love these beautiful batik fabrics! Can we just skip the next 5 months and go straight to August? I'm really looking forward to sharing this project and showing you more sneak peeks as it develops.

Now for something that's up and ready for you to enjoy. Click Here to check out the sock darning tutorial!

I'm so happy to be able to fix the holes in my socks so I can keep wearing them. It makes no sense to throw away a perfectly good sock just because the heel has a hole in it.

Now I'm off for a cup of tea and a tiny bit of Zelda playing before dinner. I hope you've had a beautiful day!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Uggh...time changed...

Today was like this ugly darned sock.
It's fixed, but it's still ugly.

Well, maybe it wasn't THAT bad...
Daylight Savings Time began today. Uggh! I hate losing an hour in the spring because suddenly it feels so much harder to wake up early and get the day started.

On the weeks I take James to the bus stop I get up at 5:45 am. Yes, I like my sleep, but I also love to write and by waking up that early, I get to write at the kitchen table for around an hour before anyone else wakes up.

I already knew it would be an Uggh Day because one of my machines broke last night. I was quilting along happily, playing a silly Vampire Diaries episode in the background and suddenly the needle stopped catching the bobbin thread.

I broke thread and switched the machine to piecing. Still no go. The needle would drop, but didn't catch the bobbin thread at all.

Then the needle stopped going down. Umm...what???

I pulled on it and like a loaded spring, it just jumped back to the up position. This happened once before on this particular machine, but the glitch only lasted for a minute or so. I gave it a stern talking-to and it magically stopped glitching and went back to being an awesome machine.

Well no matter of yelling or sweet talking got her working again this time. To the shop with you!

Other than losing an hour and my upstairs machine, the day was nice. I shot a sock darning tutorial I'll share tomorrow, played a good bit of Zelda, and hung out with my guys. Give it a week and the time change won't matter a bit.

Let's go quilt (or go reset all your clocks),

Leah Day

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Chill Zelda Day

I'm finishing up the last pages of the Super Squares and Sashing Workshop today and fiddling with layout and design. This is one of those things that is tedious, but I actually enjoy arranging photos and text boxes on the page. It's kind of like quilt design and it's a bit of a puzzle to put together so the pages look as nice as possible.

After staring at the computer screen for a good while, I took a break with James to play some Zelda. I've been a die hard Nintendo Zelda fan ever since getting Links Awakening for Christmas in 5th grade. I even dress up like Zelda for comic book conventions!

Right now I'm exploring the incredible world of Breath of the Wild, which is the most awesome Zelda / Nintendo game ever! Just finished beating a massive labyrinth and shrine and can now go get more hearts and stamina.

I do have videos to film and quilts to quilt, but it's nice to kick back and relax and solve puzzles and hit things with swords for an hour or two. What are you working on today? I hope you're having a very relaxed Saturday!

Let's go quilt (or kill more Chu Chus and Gardians),

Leah Day

Friday, March 9, 2018

Super Star Quilting Tutorial and a Stubborn Cat

It's time for another fun walking foot quilting tutorial! I'm changing things up and going to begin sharing all the new quilting tutorials on my website. It gives them a more permanent place to live and hopefully easier for you to find.

Click Here to learn how to quilt Super Star. Let me know what you think of this new quilting tutorial format!

It's a beautiful day and I have a super cheerful quilt to work on. It's a bit chilly though so I'm waiting a few hours to let the Crafty Cottage warm up a bit before I go film the last videos on Prism Path

I can't wait to start quilting this bright, beautiful quilt! Josh will be editing the videos for quilt along series today so I'd like to have everything done for him by the end of the day.

Remember, Prism Path begins on April 2nd so you have plenty of time to gather your fabrics and be ready to begin this new quilt. I'll be sharing new videos every Monday and we will piece and quilt it together in just 6 weeks!

Click Here to find a fat quarter pack with the same colors of batik fabrics I'm using in this quilt.

Now if I could just figure out a way to stop Pickles from pawing at the window while I'm filming. She doesn't like being left outside, but she also doesn't like sitting still while I make videos.

Last week she decided to get my attention by jumping on the air conditioner. Talk about scary - it sounded like the back end of the cottage was being torn off! LOL!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sneak Peek of New Quilting Rulers with Grace Co.

Yep, you read that right! I'm teaming up with Grace Company to make a new set of quilting rulers!

Yes, you can quilt with this ruler too!
These are still in prototype, but I should have the official cut rulers sometime next week. I'm really excited about working with Grace Company for these because we'll finally be able to create rulers for home machines AND longarm machines. Longarms need the thicker plastic so the foot doesn't hop over the edge of the rulers.

Last year I designed a set of 10 quilting rulers for the Flower Festival Quilt Along. They were created cut Dresden Plate quilt blocks and were etched so they could also be used for machine quilting. I really don't like uni-taskers so I design my rulers so they can be used for quilting AND cutting.

But I could only produce this Dresden Plate Template Set for home machines. It was just too expensive to cut all 10 rulers for longarms too.

All experience is good experience and I learned a lot from creating that first set of templates. This new batch with Grace Company will be packaged singly so you can just pick up one at a time. That keeps the cost lower and makes it possible to cut them for both types of machines.

I don't have an official date when these will be ready yet, but I'm already planning a beautiful quilt to play with the designs. More videos and details coming soon!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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