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The Free-Motion Effect: Designing Custom Quilting

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Pair your projects with complementary machine-quilting designs, and give them the gorgeous finish they deserve!

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Leah Day
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Discover Leah Day's quilting strategies as you learn how to select the right design for a range of projects, from intricately pieced quilt tops to ones with appliqué, and everything in between. Begin with a variety of dynamic free-motion designs, and find out how to control the speed and direction of your stitching. Next, discover two all-over spiral variations that don't require stitching in the ditch and can be used to cover an entire quilt. Practice a striking ray motif to accentuate patchwork designs, and follow along with Leah to emphasize pieced projects with paisley, pebbling and filler motifs. Then, delve into versatile designs that will add texture and dimension to quilt borders, before exploring a variety of ways to quilt around and on top of appliqué. You'll finish class with the confidence to choose the right designs for any project, and the skills to bring them beautifully to life!

Lesson Breakdown

1. The Quilting Effect
Meet expert quilter Leah Day, then start learning how to quilt a variety of dynamic free-motion designs. Starting with a basic stippling motif, Leah shows you how to expertly control the speed and direction of your stitching. You'll also discover a simple trick for securing and hiding your thread tails.
2. All-Over Quilting Designs
3. Design Variations
4. Section Quilting
5. Breaking Up Negative Space
6. Free-Form Lines
7. Quilting in Appliqué
8. Dynamic Backgrounds & Borders

Taught by

Leah Day
Leah Day
Leah Day is an award-winning quilter and the creative force behind the Free Motion Quilting Project. She has authored several books, including Free Motion Quilting: From Feathers to Flames, and teaches workshops on Craftsy and around the U.S.

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