First, I want to apologize as I’m late releasing this post.  I had planned to release this yesterday, as I’ve scheduled all my Stitch A Longs this year for Saturdays.  But, life got in the way and yesterday I was at the Craft and Hobby (aka CHA) Mega Trade Show.  While, I’ll be sharing insights about the CHA shortly, today I’m officially kicking off our first Stitch A Long this year.

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.

Not sure, check out this video by Leah:

If you have problems viewing the above video in embedded mode, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:



Purchase the workshop from Leah Day Designs, to get the pattern for this beautiful whole cloth quilt, including a PDF instruction sheet and codes to watched secured video tutorials.  You can pull supplies together from your stash, purchase from your favorite store, or buy a kit from Leah Day (limited supply of kits).

If you are on Facebook, join the group “Leah Day Quiltingwhere you can post photos of your progress, as well as questions.  You’ll also find inspiration from other members and fans of Leah Day, as they share their work.  And, you’ll learn about Leah’s new workshop “Machine Quilting Block Party

Just so that you know, while you can stitch your Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt at any pace you want, I’m shooting to have mine finished before Valentine’s Day.  And, then I hope to join Leah’s new Machine Quilting Block Party, as I think I can catch up with it pretty quickly.  

I opted to purchase the kit from Leah vs pull supplies from my stash.  Certainly made it easy for me and I thought the  kit was very economical too!  Plus, she ships out super fast.


Check out Leah’s blog post and youtube videos to kickstart this quilt-along.

download option

Leah has created 10 video lessons for this workshop (12 actual video tutorials).  You can also download them to your computer, i-pad, tablet or other smart device.  I really like this feature, as I can watch and learn even when I don’t have access to the internet.

 This coming week, I plan to work thru the first 3 lessons, possibly the 4th.  As mentioned previously, you can join this Stitch A Long and pursue Leah’s workshop at your own pace.  Just remember to share as you stitch with us, as it is much more fun to virtually sew with others, than on our own.

lesson 1 lesson 2 lesson 3


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:
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:
[catlist name=quiltalong10 numberposts=5

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15 comments on “#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day”

  1. I might link up towards the end as I have completed this Whole cloth during the 2012 QAL run by Leah. This was a huge thing for me…initially I had looked at it and thought that I would not be able to do it. Turned out great and now hangs proudly on the wall next to my sewing machine.

  2. I am so happy to see this! I got the kit and workshop a few months ago, and am just now starting to mark it. It is a bit intimidating. I am doing the Block Party as well.

    • Hi Sandi, I hope you’ll join this Heart & Feather FMQ Stitch Along. Very flexible schedule so hopefully you can do both the Block Party and this one at the same time. I just marked my quilt and have it pinned to stitch water soluable thread tomorrow. Everyone that wants to participant can stitch at their own pace, but I’m just going to knock off a little bit each week, with the goal to finish by Valentine’s Day. And, then I plan on playing catch up with Leah’s Block Party.


      • I have my quilt halfway stitched with the water soluble thread and am finding it challenging to work with this particular thread. I have tried dialing my tension down to 4 and may have to dial down further. I don’t have a blog to link up to, is this the best place to record our progress?

        • Hi Sandi. Happy to have you virtually stitching with me. I’m going to try to respond to all the points in your message, but do let me know if you still have questions:

          – bloggers/non-bloggers can still share photos/insights of their progress as often as they wish. On all of the posts for this virtual stitch along, you’ll find a “Linky” tool that has a button “add your link”. while a blogger would first upload their photos to their blog and then add a link from their blog post to the linky party, non-bloggers have a few options for sharing photos – most popular is uploading your photos to Flickr and then adding a link. If you are on Facebook and a member of Leah’s FB group, it is actually a win-win to share your photos in that facebook group. After it is posted you can click on the image to get the url, copy it and then added it to the linky party. If that doesn’t make sense, email me and we can chat more as I try to walk you thru it.

          – with respect to problems with yuor water soluble thread, I’m no expert, thus I’ve shared this with Leah to see if she may want to share her expertise with us. My take is that the water soluble thread really is for basting, thus I’d not be too concerned about trying to get the perfect stitch quality you might want when doing FMQ with standard thread. Again, the water soluble temporarily stabilizes your trapunto, for when you do the FMQ. But as you are finding it challenging I want to ask what brand are you using for your water soluble thread, what machine are you using and when was the last time you changed your needle? I’ve used a variety of water soluble threads and have had problems with some, but the YLI water soluble that came in Leah’s kit really stitched great on my machine (Bernina 730e).

          • thank you for your quick response!! I am using the YLI that came with the kit and a 75/11 needle. Leah mentions in her videos that since this a delicate thread, it is more susceptible to breakage, and recommends decreasing the tension, which I am doing. I am a member of the FB group so I can post my pictures that way, thanks so much!!

          • Hi Sandi – I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with the water soluble thread. Here’s a few tips: lower your top tension considerably when working with water soluble thread. It’s delicate and does have a tendency to shred under pressure.

            Try rotating the quilt more often so you are mostly stitching towards yourself, which is a direction most machines like better.

            Another thing to keep in mind is your stitch quality doesn’t matter at all with the water soluble thread. You can have big and small stitches, you can break thread often and clip the thread tails off completely. It’s going to wash out completely leaving absolutely no trace so don’t stress about it looking perfect.

            The purpose of this thread is a placeholder – to hold the batting firmly to the top fabric so you can clip it away. so long as you have enough stitches to hold it together and guide your clipping, it’s going to work just fine.

  3. I just received the quilt kit too! Your blog has given me an incentive to get it done by Valentine’s Day too. I have it marked and pin basted. I noticed I don’t always have smooth, connected lines when I mark. I use a light box. Maybe I just need more practice. Time to stitch with the water soluable thread. I’m with you QuiltShop Gal

    • I’m delighted to know we’ll be virtually stitching together. I’m doing this project rather slowly, but confident we’ll get it finished in time for Valentine’s Day. BTW – My marking lines were not perfect. I used a variety of fabric markers and some had thicker tips than others. But my logic is the marking is to help us when we FMQ, not that we have to follow the marked line perfectly”. Have fun stitching the water soluable thread and again, don’t worry if the line isn’t exactly where you want as it does wash out. Mine certainly wasn’t perfect, but knowing I was using washable I would just backup an d restitch if I wanted to secure the batting in a different spot.Now on to stitching with real thread for me and I’ll try to be more accurate.

  4. Going to get mine done by Valentines day too, but instead of finishing it off, I am going to incorporate it into a quilt top with a layer cake I got of beautiful batiks!! Just need to figure out what kind blocks I want to make to surround it. The whole quilt top won’t get finished for a while but I want this part done by Feb 14.

    • What a great idea. I’m eager to see wha tyou create with Leah’s Trapunto Heart and Feather design combined with a layer cake. I think it will be amazing. Please share what you create and feel free to link up and share your progress along the way. Sounds like total #CreativeGoodness.

      BTW – As I stitch this project, I’ve also been thinking of incorporating it into other designs, although I had not thought of a quilt top with a layer cake. I definitely want to make this project again.

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