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


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.





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.


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?




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.”


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:


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


  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:


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:

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