Friday, February 15, 2013

Whoop Whoop Friday

I'm joining up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP Friday. It's my first time doing this, but it looks like fun. (You can get to her site from the badge on the right sidebar) On Fridays anyone can share anything they are excited about. And am I excited!



My copy of this fantastic book came in the mail yesterday. I could hardly wait to sit down and devour it! The more I looked the more excited I got. I learned of this book from Stella who writes a blog that is one of the first I go to everyday to see how she's doing. She is learning how to machine quilt.  I highly recommend her site: Walking Life's Path Again. You can find a link to her blog in My Blog List, on left bar towards the bottom.

I Can Feel It! I'm helpless! I'm going off on a Tangent...helpless...wheeeee!

Stella is a very courageous woman who started a blog to journal about living after her husband's death. She had to re-design herself as a woman without a husband. In that process she started quilting again, which led to learning how to free motion quilt on her machine.

But I digress.

Leah Day started a blog a few years black where she challenged herself to design a new quilting design for each day of the year. What a challenge, yes? The result is this book. It only has pictures of each design, but you can go to her blog (right side bar) or on YouTubeand and find a video showing how to do each pattern. All of them can be done on a domestic home machine. There are easy, intermediate and more difficult patterns. The books can also be downloaded in pdf format.

Well that's me! Two years ago I decided to stop paying for LAQ to quilt my quilts. Don't get me wrong (and don't curse me, those of you who do LAQ), I love how Ann and Jackie have quilted my quilts. They have made my quilts treasures. And I do intend to have them do all of my Meaningful Quilts, like the Double Wedding Ring I'm starting this week.

However, it's a luxury I cannot afford except for Treasure Quilts. I decided I would quilt my other quilts. I explored Quilt As You Go, and am just finishing up with the final border of my first QAYG quilt. I have a few free motion quilting designs I can do. Those usually end up on baby quilts I make. I love to hand quilt, but I can't do that on very many quilts.

But I digress.

I can hardly wait to start on Leah's designs. I have a Spiderweb quilt that is just about ready to be sandwiched and I would like the quilting to be better than what I can do now. So here I go on another Quilting Adventure.

Leah also wrote this other book for beginners.  Hence she published (and I bought) another booklet, From Daisy to Paisley, 50 Beginner Free Motion Quilting Designs.

free motion quilting book | free motion quilting

Now I'm just not going to sit here and tell you all these wonderful things about these books, Leah or her products. She does that on her site, which you absolutely must visit. She is also the designer of the Supreme Slider (confession: which I also bought) that makes your quilts glide across the machine bed so you don't get horrible shoulder and neck strain.

Here's just a taste of what Leah can do...
She looks like a teenager but she's not. Good genetics methinks.



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