Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 - A Year in Free Motion

A couple of exciting free motion projects are kicking off that I'd like to share with you ... so 2012 could be, if you are interested, a year of Free Motion! What a terrific opportunity to practice regularly. I am practicing too ... definitely doing the Free Motion Challenge ... once a month seems doable. I also plan to participate as much as possible in Leah Day's "Quilt Along". I know I'll be too busy some weeks to stitch them all, but knowing Leah's work, there will be tons of great information and ideas to inspire all of us.

Free Motion Challenge 2012

Arden sent me the information on the Free Motion Challenge 2012 from SewCalGal. Thank you Arden! Here is the description:
"Every month in 2012 a FMQ expert will share a tutorial with tips to help quilters learn and/or improve their free-motion quilting skills.  Insights will also be shared about this expert (e.g. quilting background, insights on books/dvds that they may have created, teaching schedule, etc.).  The focus is on inspiring others to learn and have fun doing free-motion quilting.  Each FMQ Expert  will also sponsor a giveaway whereby they may donate a book/dvd that they've created, thread, fabric, a quilt that they made, or some other item appropriate for a quilter.  Quilting participants that complete the challenge in the respective month will be entered to win that giveaway."

Leah Day's Free Motion Quilt Along

Each week in 2012, Leah Day is going to post a design that we can practice that week. The Free Motion Quilt Along is her newest endeavor. If you are familiar with her previous project, Leah embarked on a challenge to stitch a new design every day for a year. She has completed all 365 free motion designs complete with video and clear instructions.

The 365 designs are all stitched in a 4-inch square. Her focus this year to to quilt on a larger scale. I hope to stitch as many of these as I can!

I hope you'll join me in practicing free motion stitching this year. Best wishes for happy quilting in 2012!

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