Category: free-motion quilting

Inspirational Quilt and Free-Motion Quilting

A stunning wholecloth quilt, with spectacular free-motion quilting, by Donna James, of British Columbia, Canada caught my eye when I attended the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show, this past January.

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This stunning quilt has won awards at Road to California 2015, AQS Quilt Week Lancaster 2016, possibly more.  

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Artist statement: This original wholecloth design was inspired by my love of mandalas, feathers, and stars. I started with the central star, and the radial symmetrical design developed from there. The name, Imperial Majesty, is a nod to tradition, as well as the deep royal blue color of the dupioni silk. All quilting is hand-guided, on my A-1 longarm. Threads used were Superior’s So Fine and Kimono Silk.

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Easy to see why this inspiration quilt received awards at two highly competitive quilt shows.

Congratulations to Donna James.  This is truly an amazing quilt. Sadly, my photos did not do this quilt justice.  But Donna has shared a photo on her Facebook Wall that really shows of the beauty of this quilt.

You can find Donna James at:

https://www.facebook.com/donna.james.50

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and a Giveaway

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down,  Angela Walters, Christa Watson, and published by Martingale, is officially released today.  And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share insights with you about this book today, as share insights about how you can win a copy.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

In this must-have resource, long-arm-quilting expert Angela Walters and home-sewing-machine specialist Christa Watson team up to provide the ultimate guide for machine quilters. Gain insight into long-arm quilting, as well as guidance on quilting at a sit-down sewing machine. Whichever machine you use, you’ll find warm encouragement and expert tips to help you every step of the way.

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  • Find out why some designs and motifs are ideal for sit-down quilting while others are better suited to long-arm quilting
  • Packed with tips, tricks, and advice on how to machine quilt better, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started confidently and finish strong
  • Learn from the masters as you discover how to stitch a wide range of quilting designs, with instructions for 10 quilts

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christa Watson:  From Las Vegas, Nevada, is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, Christa Watson has had designs featured in such magazines as Quilty, The Quilting Quarterly, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Make Modern, QuiltCon, and various other publications. She designs quilt patterns, teaches workshops, and is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild, the National Quilting Association, and the American Quilter’s Society. Christa enjoys being a wife to her husband and a mom to her three kids, who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.

You can find Christa at:

http://christaquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Christa-Watson-of-Christa-Quilts-349005183053/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/christaquilts/

https://twitter.com/ChristaQuilts

Angela Walters: From Kearney, Missouri,  Angela is a long-arm quilter, teacher, and author. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch design that is still on her bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, and parallel lines later, she has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. Angela also designs fabrics. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts.

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

 

MY REVIEW

This innovative approach to writing a quilting book I think will certainly influence the style of many books in the future. It walks you thru every step, every design, showing two different perspectives, by two very talented quilters.

This book is also perfect for quilters with a variety of interests:  Want to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills on a domestic or long arm machine ?  Want to learn when, where and why certain designs and motifs are better suited to long-arm machines or sit-down machines?  This book will help you be a better quilter.  If you don’t feel you are interested in learning free-motion quilting, don’t overlook this book as I’m sure you’ll still find it to be a great resource.

There are ten super creative and fun quilt patterns included in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  They range in size from  41″ x 27 1/2″ to 80 1/2″ x 90 1/2″

Here is an example of what makes this book so innovative.  Throughout the book you’ll find both Christa and Angela share their perspective on a topic (e.g.. tools of the trade, marking, FMQ motifs, quilts  and more).  Here is an example where they each share insights on “Choosing Colors”.

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This book is packed with more free-motion quilting motifs (and how to stitch them) than I’ve ever seen in any other FMQ book.  Plus there are so many more tips and tricks.  This, combined with the ten patterns included in this book, makes it an exceptional value and I honestly feel it is a “must have” for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, as well as those that are interested in creating wonderful projects provided in this book.

I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see it, don’t forget to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

Also, over the next ten weeks Christa will be sharing one of the quilt designs each week, by sharing two quilts: one made by Christa and one made by Angela.  Check out her post this week to see “Choosing Colors”, which is a super fun and creative design, as all of the designs in this book are.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has kindly offered to give an ebook copy to one of my followers.  If you are interested in winning a copy, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  While there are a variety of ways to enter, it really only takes one entry to win. The extra options are for those that just like to increase their chances.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Free-Motion Quilting – Great Opportunities to learn/improve your skills with Cindy Needham

While I don’t typically share insights on upcoming events, while I’m still wrapping up past events (e.g. I’m trying to catch up with shipping prizes, announcing winners, auditing past events to ensure all winners have prizes, etc), something has caught my attention that I didn’t want to wait to share some great opportunities with you now:

2016 SUMMER FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE WITH CINDY NEEDHAM

This summer, I will be hosting a free-motion quilting challenge that is focused on helping you learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.  This is a flexible challenge, for quilters of all levels, where I hope to inspire you to participate.  You’ll be able to enter just about any sort of project, finished or not:  e.g. practice sandwiches, table runners, wallhangings, baby quilts, full size quilts, pieced quilts, applique quilts, wholecloth quilts, etc. You’ll even be able to enter your sketched design ideas!

All entries will need to incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  The design possibilities with these stencils are endless, but if you feel stumped with what to create, throughout the summer, you’ll find tips, some tutorials, as well as many inspirational projects to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

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 Here is a message from Cindy:

Hi Everyone!  I’m thrilled to be joining you once again for yet another FMQ challenge.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your projects.  I am trying to post as many of my students’ projects as possible  using The Ultimate Stencils on my Pinterest pageIf you would be interested in having me post YOUR project please send me a photo via email (linenqltr@comcast.net).  You can access my Pinterest page via the home page of my website and be inspired by designs  for your own project.  Thank you and I’m excited to see what you come up with!  Hugs, Cindy 🙂

 

I also highly recommend that you watch the Youtube videos that Cindy has created for to share insights on the Ultimate Stencil: https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

 

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Don’t forget Cindy has a 21-page booklet on these stencils that you can download for free, from her website.
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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

WHY AM I SHARING THIS NOW?

Cindy is having a rare sale on her stencils and books and I’m sharing some info that she sent out via her email list:

Clear transparencies have been added to the set to make it SO much easier to draft your designs.

In the past I have instructed everyone to predraft their designs on photocopied Master Grids.  This made it difficult as the photocopied grids were not the same size as The Ultimate Stencils and it also made it difficult to visualize exactly how the design would look on your quilt top.

A friend/student suggested that the master grids be copied full size to transparency film.  I was able to find the product and am happy to say it’s fabulous and makes designing with the Ultimate Stencils a snap.  Please check out the YouTube video for a demo.

If you have previously purchased The Ultimate Stencils, the transparencies ONLY are available for sale for $10.  Click HERE to purchase the transparencies.

The Ultimate Stencil set now includes the two transparencies and and the complete set is available for sale for $35.00.

My Ultimate Backgrounds is a 20-stencil set of six different background designs in three different sizes.  This is available for sale for $75.00.

My Complete Collection of Handbooks normally sells for $100 and includes:  Beginning Machine Quilting; Needles and Threads; Heirloom Backgrounds; Heirloom Feathers; Learning to Design-Wholecloth & Pieced; Linen Wholecloth Quilts; Pin & Straight Basting, Thread Education by Dr. Bob and Handbook Supplements.  This set also includes my newly updated and written quilting designs book “New and Improved-The Ultimate Stencil” and “Oldies But Goodies”.

“New and Improved” is now 153 pages and includes hundreds of designs already drafted on the Ultimate Stencil master grids.  I’ve included wholecloth design ideas using the drafted designs.

To celebrate the new transparencies I’ve decided to run a sale for six days only (thru 4/6).  If you purchase the Complete Collection of Stencils for $95,  (includes The Ultimate Stencils/Transparencies as well as the Ultimate Backgrounds), I will include my Complete Collection of Handbooks for FREE!  This handbook set normally sells for $100 and includes the New and Improved and Oldies but Goodies designs books. These books come with free yearly updates which are sent every February by email download. Purchased separately these three sets would sell for $210.

Click HERE to purchase.

If you would like to purchase only the set of Ultimate Stencils for $35, (new transparencies are included), I will include the 2-book set of designs for $25 for a total cost of $60.00. Purchased separately these two sets would sell for $85.
Click HERE to purchase this set.

 

OTHER WAYS TO LEARN FMQ WITH CINDY

Cindy teaches two classes at Crafty, which I can honestly recommend both.  They are excellent classes that you can take at your leisure and well worth the reasonable price.

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Also, Cindy provided a free tutorial for the 2012 FMQ Challenge, which is free to everyone: http://quiltshopgal.com/june-fmq-challenge-by-cindy-needham/

And don’t forget, Cindy’s Youtube channel has a variety of video tutorials.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

You can find Craftsy at:

http:/www.craftsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/craftsy
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/

More info on the 2016 FMQ Summer Challenge with Cindy Needham will be shared in May.  Potential Sponsors can email me for more info.

Bee Creative – A #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party – Charity Fundraiser with amazing prizes

Welcome to week two of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

bee creative kick off badgeEveryone is invited to share any form of creativity using any Mandala theme design in our Linky Party this month.  You may want to doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilt, embroidery, etc., your Mandala designs.  You can use  Mandala designs from books, Pinterest, etc.  Of course, I hope to inspire you to purchase a collection of beautiful downloadable PDF format Mandala designs, or a machine embroidery collection, from Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs as 100% of your purchase is donated to the CF Foundation (and you’ll also get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes in our Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser).  But what ever you do, I hope you’ll have fun creating this month and share any Mandala theme creations with us.

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If you are not familiar with Linky Parties and how to use this tool, or you are a non-blogger, please read prior FAQ posts before you try to add a link. If you still have questions, email me and I’ll try to answer your question and walk you thru what you need to do.  But think of this as a virtual #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that is opened all of March.  Of course, I encourage everyone to click thru to visit the bloggers and non-bloggers that share their various Mandala projects, as I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in their sharing.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully inspire you to join me and create anything you want, with a Mandala theme.

MY DOODLING

I’ve had fun doodling and coloring greeting cards.  I used the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs.  This coming week, I’d like to do some Zentangle doodling, as well as use the new iCraft Deco Foils to make some fun note cards and bookmarks.  

How would you doodle or color Mandala designs?

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MY STITCHING:

I’m working on a table runner project that will incorporate Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery designs and the complimentary Mandala PDF templates, which I will use as a template to mark for free-motion quilting.  I’ve stitched out four of the machine embroidery Mandala designs, onto 7″ squares.

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Using EQ7, I created a 6″ circle template.  Today, I’ll sew a one sided a
lightweight adhesive stabilizer and trim these embroidered squares to create a circle applique that I’ll place on my table runner.

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I selected one of the Mandala designs, from the Mandala PDF templates collection, for my free-motion quilting:

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I’ll transfer this mandala template for FMQ in the center of my table runner today, as well as create my circle applique shapes, applique them, sandwich and hopefully start my free-motion quilting this afternoon.  Can you visualize how it will look?

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Follow me on Instagram and I’ll share pictures as I #DoodleAlong, #StitchAlong, and #FMQAlong this week.  Of course, I hope you’ll join me.

DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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As shared last week, there are 20+ prizes that will be virtually raffled off, to ticket holders, at the end of March, thanks to our sponsors:

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets.

 

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  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.

 

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Don’t forget all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  And you need not create anything in March, to be able to win prizes.  Just be sure to get your virtual raffle tickets to enter.

Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 14th

First, I want to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  I have fond memories of this day, as a child and trading cards and enjoying yummy cookies with fellow students.  I still smile with delight at anything with a Valentine’s theme and absolutely love receiving silly cards.

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The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is not just for Valentine’s Day.  It is a perfect project to display any time of the year.  And, it is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  As QuiltShopGal, I can honestly say this is an excellent workshop and highly recommend it!  

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I’ve had fun stitching out this project virtually, in my informal #StitchAlong.  It has given me an opportunity to meet other quilters, as well as see how they approached this project.  It is a versatile workshop that allows you to decide where you might want to place designs that Leah teaches, as well as add other designs.

This week, sharing by Dot Ferneyhough in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She added a larger border of additional free-motion quilting designs to her project.

 

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PROGRESS UPDATE

 I set a personal goal to finish this quilt in time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m happy to report that I finished and my husband loves it.  He was very impressed with the “puffy” heart and feathers (aka trapunto).

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As mentioned previously, I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and definitely want to make another Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt, but will not attempt to add so much Cat Fur Ball to the quilt, and go with more Microstippling.  While I’m not an expert, I’m far more confident stitching with a contrasting thread, as a result of this workshop and I really like the contrast!  I would have probably never attempted to stitch with contrasting thread, had it not been my commitment to use this workshop to learn/improve my FMQ skills.  I’m also committed to doing more echo stitching, as I do want to perfect that technique.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?  Today is the last day to share your progress, or your completed project, to enter to win prizes:

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Next Saturday, I’ll share insights on a #StitchALong Event that I’ll be hosting in March. But I thought I’d share a sneak peek today:  It will be open to a variety of creativity:  Free-Motion Quilting, Doodling/Transdoodle, and/or Machine Embroidery.  And, we’ll have some great sponsors with amazing prizes, with the hope of raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 6th

The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  And, I’m certainly enjoying stitching this workshop virtually with others.  If you are wishing you had time to join, I want to encourage you to go for it even if you can only find 15 minutes at a time to pursue this workshop.  It is a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills. And, before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful wholecloth quilt!

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While some have been sharing what they have created via this workshop on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.  You can share your finished project, from this workshop, or share progress along the way.  No problem, you need not finish you project during this event. Just share.  We don’t judge, but we do try to encourage everyone to learn/improve their skills along the way, as well as have fun.

This week, sharing by Shannon in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She also shared an a tip for using the Cat Fur Ball design to cover up her echo stitching the heart.  

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PROGRESS UPDATE

 To date, I have watched ALL of the videos tutorials that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One (25:18)
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two (24:16)

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design this week.  I’ve gone back to watch the video tutorials for this design, as well as look at projects Leah used this FMQ design on:

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My approach was to use Leah’s Cat Hair Ball Design around the center hearts. I liked it and decided to add it on the inside of the feather border vs microstippling.  I then got so excited I added it to the outer side of the feather border. It works, but I wish had not not done this.  Before I realized my version of this design was not as dense as Leah’s, I had applied it to multiple areas.  I now wish I had applied the microstippling around the feathers, as shown above in Leah’s quilt.

Although, now I’m inspired to re-create this wallhanging follow Leah’s options for placement of the various FMQ designs taught in this workshop.  I think she has a much better eye for placement of such designs than I do.   Still, I have had fun stitching this project and grown fond of the Cat Fur Ball design.  It has added another design to my personal portfolio, should I ever want to use it again on future projects.

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Today I’m adding the micro stippling to the inside of the center hearts, as well as the various corners around the heart.  I also plan to do more Cat Hair Ball stitching, to make the center area pop more, as shared in Leah’s projects.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m hoping to add the binding on this project early this week and wash it to remove the water soluble thread and wash away fabric marks.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 30th

Update:    I just realized this is my 1,600 blog post.
I’m absolutely thrilled that it turns out to be this post.

I’m thoroughly enjoying stitching the Heart and Feather project, from Leah Day’s workshop.  And virtually stitching with others that are also currently participating in this workshop, as well as those that have shared their previously completed Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt.  Come mid-February, prizes will be randomly awarded to those that joined this #StitchAlong.  And there is still plenty of time, even if you do not complete this project during the timeframe of this event.  Although, I hope to inspire you that it really doesn’t take long.  You’d be surprised if you spend 15 minutes a day, working on this fun project, how much you could learn and how fast you’ll actually finish it!

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

While some have been sharing on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.

Laura of Laura Luvs Loons and Quilting Too! shared her project with us.  I think her wholecloth quilt is going to look stunning. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing her progress on this quilt and hope to celebrate her finish too!

Snapshots quilt top, Leah Day Hearts 005 cropped You can check out more at her blog. And, I’ve also added it to My Creative Blog List, which is an easy to use tool to follow creative blogs.

Of course, I’d love to have others come join this virtual Stitch Along.

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 To date, I have watched all of the following videos that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design, as you can see I decided to also apply this design to the outside area.  I’ve also been stitching the tight echo design, within the center of the hearts.  I’ve never been good with any echo motif, but I do feel the contrasting thread has helped me with this design. Still, I need more practice with echo designs.

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Today I’m continuing to stitch for a little while, take a break, repeat.  I have a “Squirrel” mentality and can easily get distracted.  But for me, that approach works well when working on dense free-motion quilting designs.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I think shooting to finish my free-motion quilting this week, but if I don’t that is ok too!  Either way, I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish this project in time for Valentine’s Day. And, I think even if you started this project this weekend, you could have it finished in time for Valentine’s Day too!  But then, this Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt would look great any time of the year. And I’m already wanting to make another!

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 23rd

TRUE CONFESSION:  I haven’t spent very much time this week (or to-date), watching watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop, nor working on my project.  But, I’m honestly impressed with how much I’ve learned, how much fun I’ve had, as well as my progress.  And, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed virtually sewing this project with other quilters, as well as hearing from those that have already completed this workshop.  

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 I have watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Twp – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

I outlined the design and I’m now stitching a dense filler design that Leah calls “Cat Hair Ball Filler”, which I found surprisingly easy to stitch, great fun and quite effective.  My camera doesn’t do this design justice.


P1140251I stitch for a short while and then take a break.  Today I plan to fill in the areas for the Cat Hair Ball Filler designs.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

For stitching,  I plan to continue working on all the dense filler designs this week.   To my delight and amazement, I’m getting more comfortable stitching with contrasting thread.  Not sure why I avoided it till now.  

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   
For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    
If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 16th

I’ve had a great week watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop and working on my project.  I’ve also enjoyed hearing from some that have completed this project previously, as well as others that may have signed up for this workshop, but not completed the project.  I’m excited that many have expressed interest in this Stitch Along and sharing photos along the way, as well as sharing pictures of their finished inspirational projects.  

I’ve also heard from some that completed this project with Leah, back in 2012.  I want to clarify that this new “workshop” adds many more steps that enhance this Heart and Feather quilt design. To clarify, this workshop includes additional tutorials and steps Trapunto and quilting with multiple designs.  Thus, those that may have created a quilt with this basic design back in 2012 may want to take this workshop now and make a much more interesting version of this design, as well as build on your FMQ skills.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

RECAP:

This #StitchAlong is for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, while using the pattern and watching the video tutorials that are part of the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day.  And, if you have already completed this workshop I’d be thrilled to have you share photos of what you created with us, in our Linky Party during this event.  And, those that have already started, but may not have finished, are also invited to join and stitch along.

If you join me in this #StitchAlong, Leah Day will teach how to create trapunto, marking fabric, dense filler quilting, and so much more that will “ramp up” your quilting with a small quilt and just a little bit of time.  I’ve also made arrangements for sponsored prizes that will be awarded mid-February, to those that participate.

 

 

PROGRESS UPDATE

 

As mentioned last week, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  As such, I do a little each week and have time for other projects (e.g. Leah’s Machine Quilting Block Party).  But you can certainly attend Leah’s virtual workshop and stitch at your own pace, but I hope you’ll still share photos of your progress.  Much more fun stitching with others.

 I watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction

2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking

3 – Basting for Trapunto

4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics

5 – Quilting the Outline

6 – Clipping the Batting

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

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I used water soluble thread from YLI to stitch out the area to be filled with Trapunto and carefully cut away the excess batting.  As I misplaced my small scissors for this project (later found in my husband’s office), I did loose some time.  All my other small scissors were not appropriate for Trapunto (e.g. not the right point, creating risks in cutting thru the top fabric, too dull and not able to cut the batting, etc).. Needless to say, I was happy with DH found my scissors in his office.  Maybe the cat left them their?

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PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

7 – Pin and Machine Basting

8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs

9 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt

10 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt – Part 2  

 

For stitching, I’m a bit nervous on free-motion quilting with white thread on a red quilt.  Personally, I’m more confident with FMQ with thread that blends with the fabric.  But this workshop is also intended to help me learn and improve my FMQ skills, so I’m going to jump in and do it this week.  But first, I’ll stitch on a practice sandwich this week.  I then will move to our workshop quilt sandwich and outline stitch the Trapunto and begin quilting dense filler designs, following Leah’s tutorials.  

For those that have already finished, I’m curious how you felt at this step in the project?  Likewise, for others stitching along with me, how do you feel?  Challenged or very confident?  I just keep reminding myself “use a practice sandwich first and remember this workshop is all about learning and improving our skills.”

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  Currently, many of the blogs in this list were added, as they participated in events I hosted in 2015.  But I will be refreshing this list shortly, to reflect creative blogs that participate in events I host in 2016.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Want A Stunning Project For A Superbowl Party?

We are weeks away from the Superbowl. You may not be a football fan, but maybe you know one, and would like to make them a gift.   But doesn’t every quilter in the world want to have a table runner, wallhanging or quilt that captures the spirit of the Superbowl.

Ok, I’ll confess I’m looking for simple project ideas to create something to share with friends who invite us over for a SuperBowl Party every year.

You may have previously seen a fun football free-motion quilting tutorial by Lori Kennedy, of the Inbox Jaunt.  I think her tutorial would work on a simple dish towel, table runner, wallhanging, quilt, sweatshirt, etc..  Yeap the possibilities are endless and I’m hoping to see many create fun projects using her free FMQ tutorial.

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Of course, her tutorial  (as all of her tutorials) will help anyone learn/improve your FMQ skills and also create handmade projects perfect to decorate your home throughout the football season, as well as for gifts.

As you may not yet be aware of Lori Kennedy, of the Inbox Jaunt, I want to take time to share a few insights. She is an amazing quilter, master free-motion quilter, teacher and blogger.  If you do not yet follow her blog, I want to encourage you to do so. While I personally follow her blog thru a variety of tools, I’ve found that following her via “My Creative Blog Listis actually the easiest for me.

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Lori is also a Bernina Ambassador. where you can also find her as a guest blogger periodically at We All Sew.

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I also want to increase awareness that Lori also teaches an excellent free-motion quilting class on Craftsy, called “Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting For Any Space”.

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You can find Lori Kennedy at:

http://theinboxjaunt.com/

https://instagram.com/theinboxjaunt/

I also want to heighten awareness that I am an Affiliate with Craftsy. Should you click thru a link I’ve shared and make a purchase, your price remains the same as what you would find if you went directly to their site, but I “may” receive a small commission. What funds I do receive are 100% allocated towards “supplementing” shipping of prizes and giveaways, for events I host on QuiltShopGal.  
And, as an
Affiliate, I only share insights on companies, classes and products that I can honestly recommend.
What ever you do, I hope you find time to enjoy and create.
  Full Disclosure - Affiliates with QuiltShopGal