Stem-Centered Designs

Project Description

What are you most proud of? When it came to designing this bag and the designs, I'm most proud of finding a way to teach so many designs in a small space. It's sometimes hard to break up a quilt and showcase lots of filler designs, but for this class we learn 50 with 4 tote bag panels. What advice would you give someone starting this project? PRACTICE! If you're absolutely struggling with stem centered designs, and feathers in particular, do understand that these shapes take practice to master stitching on a home sewing machine. Practicing on charity quilts, baby quilts, or just ugly fabric you're going to throw away - no matter where you do it, the more you do it, the better you will get.

Q&A with Leah Day

saxostamper asked:
nice work are you finding this class useful?
Leah Day answered:
Yes, I did find this class useful! I was the teacher, but I learned LOADS about teaching when I designed these tote panels and decided to stitch them on a smaller scale. Mostly I learned a lot about time management, about designing a construction technique that is clear and simple, and how to use my mistakes and imperfect stitching as ways to teach rather than something to be ashamed of.
saxostamper asked:
Sorry Leah, didn't realise it was your work, thought it was a student LOL!
Leah Day answered:
NannaAnn asked:
if only I could put a quilting fairy in my machine to make these designs as smooth and beautifully as you do. Well, I guess I will keep on practicing and fake it until I make it!!!
Leah Day answered:
Think about it this way actually - so long as you don't have giant stitches or huge thread nests in your quilt, that quilt will still be a quilt in the end - it will still be held together and be able to be washed 100s of times. So go back to the function and ask yourself this question: does this mistake or wobbly stitch stop this quilt from being a quilt? If the answer is no, KEEP QUILTING!