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October 31, 2018
Hand Quilting and Reenacting at Hart Square, Podcast #81 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! This weekend I went to Hart Square Festival, a special event held one day a year. I dressed up in a (somewhat) period costume and enjoyed hand quilting all day in a log cabin originally built in 1840. Hear more about this amazing adventure and see the pieces of my costume I made in this week’s podcast!

Quick links to all the fun things I mentioned in this podcast:

It’s the last day to preorder Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt and get your copy signed! Click Here to check it ...

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October 11, 2018
Listen to a Chapter from Mally the Maker from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! This week I’m trying on a new hat – audiobook narration. I’ve read Chapter 1 from Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt so you can begin the journey with Mally into the magical world of Quilst.

Click Here to preorder your copy of Mally the Maker.

I had SO much fun reading this! I’ve loved reading out loud since I was a kid so narrating this book felt natural and fun.

I’ve been planning to record the audiobook within the next few months, but sharing this first chapter has finally ...

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August 23, 2018
Lessons Learned from Nine Years in Business from The Free Motion Quilting Project


I can't believe it's been nine years since I started the Free Motion Quilting Project!

So many thoughts and moments of thankfulness to share.

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August 15, 2018
Why did this quilt take four years to finish? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! Today I am stitching the faced binding onto my Dream Goddess quilt after four years in progress. I still have a lots of hand stitching to go, but it feels great to be nearing the end of this multiyear project.


I shot the podcast for this week while preparing the fabric for the facing. It was an adventure trying to talk through my thoughts about this quilt and cut and press fabric at the same time, but I think it worked out well.

It was nice to take the time to really think through all the ...

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July 11, 2018
Can I Make a Quilt with a Bed Sheet? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I have a new Great Quilting Debate for you today! Can you make quilts from bed sheets? SHOULD we make quilts from bed sheets?

It seems like this single question is enough to start a riot in certain quilting groups and I decided to weigh in on the issue today with a new episode of the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast.

Click Here to check out the episode.

I also ended up weighing in on fabric purchased from big box stores, and using weird fabrics like silk, jeans, corduroy, and wool in our quilts.

Basically - if my machine doesn't ...

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June 20, 2018
Chatting about Fear? Podcast #62 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yep, fear is the topic of the podcast today. Have I mentioned that sharing my goddess quilt stories is scary, scary, SCARY?


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I decided the next quilt to share should be Torrent of Fear, a goddess quilt I created in 2012 after spending a year stuck in place by ultimately very silly fears.

Yes, this is a dark quilt about a negative emotion, but the funny thing is when I look at this quilt, it actually makes me feel good. I feel good and happy because I know I'm not THERE - stuck ...

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June 13, 2018
Back from Vacation Podcast #61 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

James and I popped off to Charleston this past weekend for a short trip to visit family and hang out together. In this week's podcast I share about the trip and my major obsession: freeform crochet!


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I think I'm mostly loving freeform crochet because it's the perfect project to work on while I'm editing Mally the Maker. I've spread out over my couch with yarn, crochet hooks, and the printed book galley and as I crochet, I'm listening to the book being read to ...

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June 6, 2018
Quilting Gratitude in Your Life and Quilts from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! Today I've shared a new podcast episode with my first quilt story all about quilting with gratitude and how I constructed the quilt My Cup Runneth Over. Click Here to find the episode.

Why this new style of podcast? I've wanted to share my goddess quilts in more ways for years. I've wanted to write a book on these quilts for years. I've wanted to rebuild their pages on my website...FOR YEARS!

I finally realized that this was never, ever going to happen if I didn't MAKE it happen by ...

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May 30, 2018
Quilt Design with the Quiltrovert from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Quiltrovert! I love the name Niki Gordham-Harrison goes by on Instagram. Today she's on the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast and we're talking about how she became a quilter just 8 months ago and is already designing her own quilts and writing patterns.

Click Here to find this new podcast episode.

It's really interesting to see how different quilters get into this wonderful craft. Some quilters instantly begin designing and playing with shapes, while others prefer to follow patterns and not have to worry about the math coming out right.

The thing I love most about our ...

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May 24, 2018
What Can You Do in 1 Hour? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friend! I have a new podcast for you this week with a big update on what's going on around the house. Many huge projects are finally getting finished, or moving steadily in that direction and I'm feeling great about my progress on Mally the Maker, my quilt fiction novel.

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

The main theme of this podcast was about how to reach your goals in tiny increments, every single day. In the past 8 months I've written a full length (90,000 word) fiction novel, designed rulers with Grace ...

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May 10, 2018
Who's Quilt Is It Anyway? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've heated things up this week with a new Great Quilting Debate about quilt ownership. If you hire a service like longarm quilting, having binding attached, or even piecing, is that still just YOUR quilt?

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I had a lot of fun with this one and found the more I thought through each angle, the more interesting it became. There are so many different sides to it:

 - If I pay for the service, doesn't that take care of it? 

- If I don't end up liking the person that did it ...

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April 25, 2018
That Quilt is Cheating! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friend! I'm back this week with another Great Quilting Debate asking a simple question - what is quilt cheating?

Are there quilting techniques you consider inferior or just plain WRONG?

What do you think about cheater cloth? It has "cheater" in the name so it must be bad, right?

Do you find yourself shrugging your shoulders at quilts made on an embroidery machine or quilted on a longarm?

I've dug into this topic this week and had a lot of fun thinking through my past judgments and criticisms. Yep, there was a time that I thought ...

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April 18, 2018
Take Better Photos with Brenda LaFleur from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've made an awesome new quilting friend with Brenda LaFleur! She is a photographer and teacher from Louisiana and she came on the podcast to chat about photography.


I was digging in the dirt during the introduction so I apologize for the less-than-perfect sound. Josh and I had just picked up several herbs and tomato plants and I knew if I didn't get them into the ground immediately, I'd kill them with neglect.

I also had some bulbs to plant too and I'm not sure...they were looking ...

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April 4, 2018
Three Step Quilt As You Go with Jenedel Wilcox from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! This week I have a really fun podcast with Jenedel Wilcox. She is a hobby quilter and emailed me a few month ago about a neat Quilt-As-You-Go technique she uses to connect her quilted blocks together.

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

We started a conversation via email and decided to collaborate on a little quilt project. I sent Jenedel some embroidered quilt blocks and she connected them together to create this cute mini quilt!


This was a really fun experience and I love how this mini quilt turned out. I hope you'll come ...

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March 29, 2018
Long Term Goals and Best Time to Blog from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I'm still trying to figure out my schedule around blogging daily. It's not so much the HOW - get on the computer and write something Leah! It's the WHEN.

I like to chain behaviors together so I'm always blogging right after breakfast or at the end of the day or something like that. I still haven't figured out the best time that will work every day.

Part of the reason why is every day is so wildly different. Yesterday I quilted on the longarm for an hour, then worked on the website, then went out to ...

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March 7, 2018
New Quilting Friend from Qatar from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've made a new quilting friend this week! It's so much fun meeting quilters from around the world and having the excuse to have a chat on my quilting podcast.

Click Here to find this episode #48.

Grace Medina is a mother of two from Venezuela now living in Qatar. She shares quilting tutorials in Spanish on her YouTube channel Handy and Crafty.

This is the second Spanish quilting instructor I've had on the show. It's wonderful that quilting is being taught in different languages and countries so everyone who wants to sew and quilt can ...

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February 28, 2018
Longarm Quilting with Mom and Pop Quilt Shop from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm chatting with Laura-Lynn Fulford, the mom from the Mom and Pop Quilt Shop! Listen to the episode or download it using the player below:


You can also watch the podcast and see what I'm stitching as I share the intro here:


Laura-Lynn is a longarm quilter from Canada. She and her husband share videos on longarm quilting on their Youtube channel Mom and Pop Quilt Shop.

She also has a website where you can check out all of her services. Find it at WeSewIt.Ca.

Laura-Lynn quilts on a Gammill Stattler Stitcher ...

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February 21, 2018
No Sewing Until You Quilt with Ann Holmes, Podcast Episode 46 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm chatting with Ann Holmes, the creator of my favorite No Sewing Until You Quilt It applique technique. Get to know Ann and her assistant Rachel and how this cool technique works in this podcast.

Listen to the episode or download it to listen anytime:


Or watch the podcast and see me cooking sausage and apples for lunch!


Click Here to check out Ann's website AnnHolmesStudios.com. Ann is both a stained glass artist as well as a quilter and her goal in creating the No Sewing Until You Quilt It Applique technique ...

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February 14, 2018
Interview with My Sister Camille! Podcast #45 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I have a really fun interview with my sister, Camille Gray, about her experience with the Whole 30 diet. Listen or download the episode to your player here:


Or watch and see what I'm stitching during the intro, which happens to be at the end of the video for this episode:


My sister had a radical transformation on the Whole 30 Diet. Here's her Before Picture, which was a few years ago:


And here's her After Picture on the beach last summer:


Camille works out to videos from Rebecca Louise Fitness. Click ...

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January 31, 2018
Leah's On a Diet? Quilting Friends Podcast #44 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I decided to share a personal update on the quilts I'm working on right now and a big challenge I've taken on for the month of February. Listen or download this episode using this player:


Or you can watch the episode and see me working on the Love the Light wholecloth quilt here:


I was stitching on the hanging sleeve to the back of this beautiful quilt while recording the podcast. This is the walking foot wholecloth quilt from my book Explore Walking Foot Quilting. I'm trying to take care of little ...

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