My personal Leah Day project

1 08 2011

Leah Day, in the US, has been creating 365 free motion quilting (FMQ) designs and sharing them freely with the world via her Free Motion Quilting website. Some time back I decided that I needed to improve my FMQ techniques, so I set myself the challenge of making samples of ALL her FMQ designs. I also sent her a donation as her videos have really helped me improve my FMQ and given me confidence to try techniques I’d never considered before.

I set up my laptop computer next to my sewing machine (now next to my quilting machine), then watch one of her videos, and stitch the design immediately after. I label each sample with the name she used so that I can view the video again if I need to, and then I file the finished samples into one of several large lever arch files. I haven’t finished yet, but already I have more than 250 samples in my ‘Leah Day library’ (she’s up to design #303 at the moment). It’s a handy reference for when I need to decide on a filler or feature design for a quilting space — basic stippling just doesn’t cut it with me any more!

Here are some samples from my Leah Day library:

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A gorgeous day in mid-winter

1 08 2011

Two weeks ago, right smack bang in the middle of winter, we had a run of some gorgeous days. So I packed a picnic lunch and we drove to Mandurah for the day. Here are some photos showing just how magical some days can be in the middle of winter here in the south-west corner of Western Australia. It was warm enough in the sun to walk around in jeans and a t-shirt — no jacket required!

To see a picture full size, just click on the small version of it, then click it again once to zoom in.

On the way home, we detoured via the local shopping centre then caught some magical setting sun rays over the Leschenault Estuary, before seeing ‘Humphrey’ the camel testing out the grass on the other side of his paddock’s fence.

A magical day.

Since then, the weather has turned nasty. For the past few days we’ve had several stormy cold fronts pass over the south-west, with howling gale force winds and quite a bit of rain. As I write this morning, I can see some blue sky, but more fronts are expected later today and into this week. For the first time in about a decade, we’re on track to get our average rainfall — it’s been so dry over winter the past few years that it’s easy to think that this weather at the moment is exceptionally wet, but it’s not. It’s normal.