Craftsy Class: LEAH DAY …. instructor

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Craftsy Class : LEAH DAY

Free Motion Quilting a Sampler with Leah Day …. April 2013

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Great for beginners. This class goes in depth in how to FMQ and how to get started. This class teaches many of the motifs found on the internet. She discusses how to prepare your fabric, your batting and putting this quilt as you go quilt together. She also discusses trouble shooting problems that a new quilter may have when she FMQ.

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Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1 with Leah Day

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Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 2 with Leah Day

….. June 2013 ( a birthday gift to myself.)

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These classes reviews many of the motifs on her YOU Tube channel but into depth and with variations for many of the motifs. These classes are great for persons who have done FMQ and want to learn different motifs to get away from just meandering. The motifs can be used on traditional or modern quilts. Once you have learned the motifs they can be applied to as an all over design or block by block. I find the motifs very versatile.

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THE REVIEW:

I recently realized I have talked about various Craftsy classes I have been taking in my podcast, but I have never written about them in my blog. Occasionally I would mention the class I was talking about in show notes but often as not there were no show notes. I always mean to write show notes but life gets in the way and I never get around to it once the podcast is posted. To rectify this I am going to write about the classes I have taken.

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I first ran into LEAH DAY on the internet / YOU tube. I had been trying to learn about FMQ (free motion quilting. ) I put free motion quilting in to the search engine and Leah’s videos popped up. I was mesmerized. I started reading her blog and followed her in the now defunct Google Reader. When she signed up for being an instructor on Craftsy it was a natural class to take. Her classes are very much like her YOU tube channel but goes into greater depth. I had purchased LEAH’s first two DVDs from her web page, but I noticed she has not continued producing DVDs. All in all I found Leah’s classes to be enjoyable. She is a good teacher and went into depth on how to trouble shoot your FMQ if you develop problems. I always find that interesting as I do tend to have problems with my stitches. …. Less often now that I have been working on my FMQ for two years…. But when I started boy did I get myself into trouble.

http://www.leahday.com
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com

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https://www.leahday.com/shop
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WHOOPS …. I lied she has a DVD I do not own and am getting soon … maybe for Christmas. I tend to buy myself presents cause then I get what I want and dear hubby gets kisses without having to go shopping… HE LOVES IT. Leah has a lot of products that help with FMQ, like the Supreme Slider, pin mores, etc.

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http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/free-motion-quilting-flames-feathers-dvd

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I recommend Leah’s classes, the SAMPLER class for rank beginners who have never done any FMQ before. The FMQ filler classes are more for someone who wishes to learn motifs and FMQ beyond meandering.  I felt these classes was money well spent.  I have reviewed them often. I also follow Leah on her blog and YOU TUBE channel. 

Regardless of what instructor or FMQ classes a person takes they need to realize they have to practice, practice, practice before they get good. If you do not practice and do FMQ consistently your skills will never progress.

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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More quilting on the NURSE QUILT

MY quilting on the nurse quilt is progressing but there is no way I will have this quilt done by May 8th, which is okay by me. We have decided to give it to my co worker for her trip to the Cancer Center instead. I have all the straight line quilting done and am now filling in some areas with FMQ. The blocks are 12 inches and it needs more quilting than what straight line quilting offers. I have mimicked the nurse blocks in adjacent blocks copying the look of the blocks; I plan to fill it in with FMQ. I am adding FMQ to the nurse blocks. Each one will have a different motif as I am using Angela Walters and Leah Day’s books for ideas. There is so much to try as I can have a different motif in every block.

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SERPENTINE STITCH / DIAGONAL
SERPENTINE STITCH / DIAGONAL

 

 

 

Using the #4 SERPENTINE STITCH on my Bernina stitch size 2.0 width 3.0. This segment was sewn on the diagonal … I used painters tape to get my lines straight in this segment and the plain straight stitch segment.

 

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1 diagonal lines -569

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2 wings - -0570

  I marked this segment incorrectly ( I mark with Roxanne marking pencils)  I should have drawn a line down the center of the segment so that all the points landed at the same line.  It might be hard to see in the picture but the points vary from line to line.  I am thinking of adding some FMQ in a couple of the bands with the hopes it camouflages my point mistakes…. if it doesn’t it is design decision.

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3 - mimic the blocks plans

I am mimicking the nurse block in the adjacent space.  I still have to mark a inner square which will be filled in with FMQ.  When I first envisioned this quilt I had planned on simple straight line quilting but then the quilting took on a life of it own and I keep adding more and more details.

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5- FMQ in blocks=0573

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If you click on the small pictures they will take to you a larger photo where you can see more detail.  Each nurse block will have different  FMQ fill in the back ground.  The batting stated I could quilt 10 inches apart as it is a needle punch batting but my quilting has been between 2 to 4 inches apart.  I think of it as a mix of Modern and Traditional quilting styles.  Modern quilts seem to have denser quilting; traditional quilts seem to have more space between quilting.

 

 

 

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HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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It is 3am so why am I awake????

It is 3 am (est) so why am I awake.  My darling grandson  had a night mare and woke up screaming.  He is now sleeping the sleep of the unconscious but I am wide awake and can not go back to sleep.. BUMMER!! So I decided to journal my FMQ adventures because this is basically what this blog is about. This little baby quilt will go live in Arizona with my nephew, his wife and their expected daughter. If I want to remember the lessons I learn in this quilt I have to record them here because I will probably never see the quilt once it is gone.

I was able to get some short quilting sessions in this week.  Each night after I came home and got some dinner on the table I was able to FMQ one of the small sheep borders.  Each session was about a hour before getting ready for bed.  I do not do my best quilting this late at night, but I have to do the quilting when I have some free time.  I find working in small time frames get the work done; but it does have some draw backs.   In this quilt I plan each border to have a slightly different motif, but if I wanted them all to be the same I would have some problems maintaining the same pattern in each border working the patterns on separate nights.  Since I did a new pattern every night I did not have to worry about consistency.

I wish I had placed a second layer of batting behind the little sheep as they would have looked very cute as a trupunto, but I opted not to do that. Each border has a slightly different FMQ motif in the background. Sewing in such a small scale was harder than I anticipated.     My hands tended to cramp a little as I worked so I had to shake them out to loosen my grip.  I had not noticed this problem when I worked on larger scale motifs.  Small scale FMQ is more forgiving if you break pattern… I dare anyone to find my mistakes.  The thin blending thread I chose to use makes it very hard to see errors.

On my last night I made a major mistake in my FMQ resulting in me spending part of my time picking out the stitches.  I now plan to pin my extra backing so I DO NOT sew it into my FMQ again.  I have done this before… YOU WOULD THINK I WOULD LEARN FROM THE FIRST TIME.

I will be journalling more as I finish each of the borders.  I am thinking a different motif in each section.  I hope you do not find it to boring but I want to write down what I have learned so I do not forget in the future.  I have been scouting out various motifs on FMQ BLOGS mostly Leah Day and Angela Walters and of course PINTEREST.  What would I do without PINTEREST?  I can mimic FMQ patterns but I am not to the point that I can design my own… I need all the inspiration I can get.

So sleep is finally coming to me.  Here is my first set of small border pictures.  Tomorrow I plan to do the larger borders.  I have no idea at this time what patterns I will do.

 

Swirls and Curls
Swirls and Curls

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Swirls marked with CRAYOLA WASHABLE MARKERS
Swirls marked with CRAYOLA WASHABLE MARKERS

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TINY BUBBLES
TINY BUBBLES

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RICKY DOODLES
RICKY DOODLES

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BIG BOO BOO-- sewed the side to the FMQ motifs...dumb
BIG BOO BOO– sewed the side to the FMQ motifs…dumb

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HAPPY QUILTING
NONNIE
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pt 1 FREE MOTION FINISH baby quilt

I finished the free motion quilting on my daughter’s baby quilt. I am in the process of sewing on the binding. First think I should say is that I should have taken better notes while quilting and this blog post would not be such a mis-match of random comments. Several things happened while I was FMQ but I can not remember the specifics. I hope to do better next time. I am not including the overall picture of the quilt on this post as I plan to post a part 2 to this blog tomorrow.

DETAILS: In the sky I used a pastel blender thread that matched the background but also had areas of blue, pink and yellow. For the green border I used a wonky swirl pattern because I learned when I practiced without marking my swirls were wonky… so I went with that. I used black thread to follow the pattern of the black and white zebra print. If I wondered into the white area with the black thread it looked planned, even if it was a mistake. I had tried the white thread to quilt the white striped but it looked horrible if I wondered onto the black stripes.

Nonnie

top of quilt details
top of quilt details

Things that go wrong when you FREE MOTION QUILT:

Always check the thread path when you thread your machine. My thread would break several times while quilting. I finally figured out the thread was getting caught on the lip of the spool causing excessive tension to the point of breaking the thread. Once or twice the spool would jump off the thread stand and get hung up in the top part of the holder. Threads should be free flowing so check your spools for any crevces where the thread can break. I use thread I have even if it is older as long as the color is what I need. I do not have trouble with the thread fraying or breaking as much as I have trouble with the spools. I get around this often by loading a bobbin with the thread and using it on the verticle spool pin.

bottom half of the quilt
bottom half of the quilt

TENSION MISHAPS / COMMON SENSE SHOULD RULE, BUT IT DOESN’T:

I have been reading, studying and viewing the DVDs of all the best FREE MOTION QUILTERS around. But some of their tips did not work. I finally called the shop where I bought my machine and got their recommendations. My best advise is KNOW YOUR MACHINE. READ your manual, take the classes at the shop where you bought your machine. Not possible check out the blogs of quilters who use your machine and do work you admire, ask questions. Most quilters will try and answer your quilters. There are a lot of forums or yahoo groups with people who use your machine and they will usually help you. I followed the advise of my quilt shop and Sue Nickles who also used my machine in her project and my FMQ IMPROVED!! When I had taken Sue’s class I had written notes in the fly leaf of her book and I dug it out and reviewed it.

MY ADVISE IS KNOW YOUR MACHINE AND PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

border details
border details

TENSION AND THREADS:

When I started my FMQ adventure, I put 60/wt 3 ply thread that is very fine but very strong. Regardless of how I adjusted the tension the bobbin thread would come to the top and ladder or make bumps. I had wanted the bobbin thread to match and blend with the backing fabric but that looked horrible on the front of the quilt. Every bobbin stitch could be seen as little bumps or pin dots. Matching the threads to the top worked much better. There may be a way to accomplish what I wanted to do but I do not know what it was. I plan to review all my DVDs again befor I do my next FMQ project.

MASTERING THE MOTION OF YOUR QUILITNG MACHINE:

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE… I tried each of the different motifs before I put them on the quilt. I improved only after practicing. My motifs are still kind of WONKY, but by the end they all looked better.

SUPER SLIDER HELPED! I have a super slider that allows the quilt to move easily on the surface. I always concentrated on the small area under the needle. I made sure my quilt would allow movement and would not get hung up. If there was tension from the weight of the quilt I noticed my motifs looked worse.

Finger Cots or Gloves helped me move the quilt easily with just light pressure. I found I liked the gloves better as my rings kept sliding around when I wore the finger cots. I have never taken my rings off so I either have to tape my rings or wear the gloves. I had not problems with my hands getting hot so I ended up wearing my gloves. YOU HAVE TO FIND WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

I had a blast learning and doing FMQ and plan to continue on this adventure. I am already planning my next project. I do think I OVER-QUILTED this baby quilt and in the future I plan to avoid doing that< especially for baby quilts.

FYI: I plan to podcast as soon as I get my voice back. I started an episode but now have a rip roaring cold and lost my voice. I may just post short episodes as I have several topics I want to discuss but they do not go well together. We will see.

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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LEARNING TO FREE MOTION QUILT

Although I have been studying and doing a few small pieces of free motion quilting over the years, I was never very serious about FMQ. It would be something I was playing with. I still will take my really big quilts to a long armer, why wouldn’t I when I have several talented nationally known long armers in my quilt. ( Links to be provided) This year I want to really work at FMQ on my own as I feel that it is a talent I want to learn and will need to know. I will retire someday and will not be able to afford to have the quilts done by a long armer. I also like to make baby quilts and those are small enough for me to do.

I have been studying Leah Day’s BLOG and her current FREE MOTION QUILT ALONG. She discusses quilting on real quilts. I do not plan to go into detail on what I have learned on this post; but I will address it in the future. Today I am just posting the pictures of what I have accomplished so far. Frankly, it is too late at night to go into any detail.

The quilt my daughter made for me to FMQ
Main Panel FMQ

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I will be back over the weekend after classes to update this post … so check back again.

Nonnie

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