Friday, July 25, 2014

Josh's Circles in a Spinning Square

Josh here for a try at circles in a Spinning Square. Just in case you missed it, Leah posted her video about this block yesterday right here. Now for my block...I think this has been my least favorite design yet:

These circles were tough and I was quilting on the Spoonflower cheater cloth. It's mostly the circle shapes, which get very tiny in places and can be tricky to stitch on the lines. See what I mean in this video:

One thing that's definitely improved after this video - I got rid of that $^*% knee lifter! That thing has been in my way since the beginning and I finally realized I could pull it out and get it out of my way. That would have been good to know back in January...but Leah didn't tell me I could take it out until this video.

Now if you'd like to join in this quilt along and learn how to free motion quilt from a beginner level like me, you can pick up some Spoonflower Cheater Cloth like I'm using right here.

If you'd rather learn how to piece these blocks, you'll need a copy of the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern, available right here.

Let's go quilt,


Thursday, July 24, 2014

34. Quilt Circles in a Spinning Square Block

It's quilting time! Earlier this week we learned how to cover a Spinning Square with Stippling and from what I've seen in the Facebook group, everyone found this relatively easy and quick to quilt.

So today let's stitch it up a notch as we learn to quilt circles within this block too:

I honestly will understand if you have a deep desire to punch me after quilting this block. I had a bit of that impulse myself!

Circles are tricky, and all the seam allowances from paper piecing this block don't make it easier. Notice how many spirals I stitched into the circles...those are hiding a whole slew of mistakes: stitching out of the circle shape, stitching off the ditch, stitching into the circle.

Yep, I made about every mistake in the book and hid most of the bad circles by filling them with spirals. See how it all worked in this video:

Wishing you could join in the fun of this quilt along? Jump into this project and get everything you need - both piecing AND free motion quilting designs in the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern.
Click Here to check out the PRINT version
Click here to check out the DOWNLOAD version
So circles can be a real beast, particularly in blocks like this. Just take your time, stitch slowly and don't obsess about your mistakes. Just fill your wonky circles with spirals or use a sharpie marker to color your thread when you jump out of the ditch. It's far easier to cover it up than rip it out!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Summer Survey!

We're getting ready to film new videos over the next three months, but before I hit the record button, I'd like your opinion first!

Click Here to check out our short summer survey

This survey is just 16 questions long and it will help us gain an idea of what you like - what quilts you're wanting to make, where you want to watch videos, and how long our videos should be.
Making videos is something I love because it's my favorite way to teach quilting, but lately our videos haven't been watched very much. So what's up? Are they too long? Too boring? Too complicated?

Share your opinion and experience in this summer survey!

Bonus - We're also giving away 5 copies of 1st edition 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs books. Enter your name and email address in the survey and you'll have a chance to win a free copy. Winners will be picked on August 1st!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Josh's Stippling on a Spinning Square Block

It's all over stippling time on our fun spinning square, so let's get right to it.

And here's the finish:

And the back:

Looking at the back, I can't even see the bird beak I made that I was so unhappy with. This just goes to show how important it is to put a block aside and give it some time--you'll likely not even notice what you once thought was a glaring mistake!

In the video we also talked about your sewing chair. Are you comfortable when you're sewing on your machine? Lowering the stool helped me drastically. I was much more comfortable with this block dropping the angle. This was a very easy block so I didn't need to have a higher vantage point so slightly dropping the height helped me sail through the block.

This was a great block and a great design for a beginner.

It's also a perfect time to join us in our Quilt Along. Leah designed our beginner-level Building Block Quilt Along to be picked up at any time as you'll get all 42 blocks at once and can work at your own pace and leisure. No having to download something once a month, or set up a monthly recurring payment--for one small sum you get the entire package. As the pattern will always be available and due to our fun and buzzing facebook group, you can interact with hundreds of active quilt along members and get help, tips, and show off your work.

Finally, we recently had more than a hundred newby Quilt Along members sign up, so if you're just starting out you won't be alone!

Until next time, let's go quilt.


Monday, July 21, 2014

33. Quilt Stippling in a Spinning Square

Ready to tackle another Spinning Square block? Today we're free motion quilting this block with an All-Over version of Stippling. Basically just wiggle over the block randomly and try to avoid those pesky areas of seam allowance.

The nice thing about this design is if you don't want to quilt over your T-shirt fabric in the center, you don't have to! Just wiggle around it rather than over it and your block will still look great and be secured.
The Spinning Square Block is definitely popular in the Building Blocks Facebook group where members have been showing off awesome blocks with all sorts of t-shirt fabric, decorative prints, and even embroidery designs in the center. Click here to join in the fun of the Building Blocks Facebook group!

Now for the video:

Wishing you could join in the fun of this quilt along? Jump into this project and get everything you need - both piecing AND free motion quilting designs in the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern.
Click Here to check out the PRINT version
Click here to check out the DOWNLOAD version
If you really liked the way we quilted Stippling in this block, you might want to check out the collection of Independent Designs. These designs all work like Stippling, but they look very different, so you can find a cool design for any style or theme of quilt.

All over quilting really is a great way to finish a quilt quickly by adding texture to the surface and securing the layers together, but not throwing loads of time into the design. There will always be those quilts that just need to get together and get done and Stippling, or any of the Independent Designs is a great way to finish them. 
So that's it for today! Swing back by tomorrow to see how Josh quilted this design too!

Let's go quilting,

Leah Day

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Craftsy Creative Escape Sale

Craftsy's running another great sale this weekend! Click Here to find what classes are on sale now.
Personally I've been enjoying several cooking classes this summer including Mexican Street Food: Tacos and Salsas, which has basically transformed the way Josh makes salsa every week. This food is SO good, I swear I could eat it every night of the week!

Another fun class I've been enjoying this week is In the Hoop Gifts - a class all about embroidering gifts like a small purse and key cover all within the hoop of your embroidery machine. It boggles my mind that you can do this and have no extra stitching required!

Finally one of my classic favorites is Diamond Quilt Designs. If you've ever wanted to make a quilt with diamonds, this is definitely the class for you!

Find all of these classes, plus hundreds more right here on Craftsy!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, July 18, 2014

Josh's Straight Lines a Spinning Square Block

Josh here. Happy Friday! Today I'm quilting straight lines in our newest block, a spinning square.

Straight lines are easy mode for me. However, what was interesting about this block was the rays coming together in the corners. I skipped the lines in the middle of the triangles, but I still had a thread buildup issue.

Here's the finish:

I think this is a really pretty design for the block.

How did your block finish out? Did you do anything creative with the design?

Let's go quilt!


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