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Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

with Leah Day
Free Motion Quilting a Sampler
Your unfinished quilt tops are calling you. Become the confident quilter you long to be with Leah Day and Free Motion Quilting a Sampler!

Leah Day, prolific quilting teacher and author of 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs, applies her skills to the 20-block sampler created in the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month. Whether you're working on your Craftsy Block of the Month top, another unfinished quilt top, or just practice blocks, you'll want to master the elegant and easy designs Leah's chosen to add depth and dimension to your quilts. Rookies, professionals and every quilter in between will appreciate Leah's intricate work, generous tips and empowering approach to making everybody a confident free-motion quilter.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Leah Day and get an overview of the class and the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Basting

  • Sandwich your quilt layers and pin them easily with some useful tools.


Lesson 3. Basics & Supplies

  • Learn about useful sewing machine features and the basics of free motion sewing.


Lesson 4. Stitching in the Ditch

  • Stitch along the seams and learn how to hide your threads.


Lesson 5. Stippling, Paisley, Spiral & Wandering Clover

  • Learn a variety of stitches as you quilt blocks 1, 2 and 3.


Lesson 6. Shells, Squares, Pine Needles & Pearls

  • Blocks 4, 5 and 6 get echoed shells, squares, pine needles and pearls.


Lesson 7. Pebbling, Escargot, Square Spiral & Snake Paisley

  • Not snacks but more stitches, for blocks 7 and 8.


Lesson 8. Feathers

  • So diverse, feathers get their own lesson for blocks 9, 10 and 11.


Lesson 9. Spiral Chain

  • Learn how to spiral chain in blocks 12, 13 and 14.


Lesson 10. Desert Sand

  • Blocks 15, 16, and 17 slip through your fingers like sand through an hourglass.


Lesson 11. Feather Fans

  • Blocks 19 and 20 are ready for their fans.


Lesson 12. Finishing

  • Start the finishing steps of your quilt by adding the border and trimming.


Lesson 13. Binding

  • Finish putting it all together and hang it on the wall.

"I struggled with fmq for a long time. I bought several books, took a class at a quilt shop, and took an online class on another website. Nothing inspired me to keep at it until taking this class. Leah is an incredible teacher and even greater motivator. I have several quilt tops that have been hanging around my spare bedroom begging to be quilted and now I am inspired to give them the attention they deserve. This is an excellent class for anyone who is new to fmq. There is a lot of information but it is not overwhelming and Leah's style of teaching will keep encouraging you. Highly recommended!"
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