The Free Motion Quilting Project

Monday, July 25, 2016

Beginner Walking Foot Quilting Tutorial

Last week I used the beautiful materials in my Quilty Box to create the Twin Rainbow Stars quilts - a pattern that helps you make two quilts at the same time! This week I begin the quilting process very simply with my walking foot and created an excellent beginner walking foot quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern and more tips for quilting!

After stitching in the ditch and quilting many straight lines with my walking foot, I found I had beautiful open diamond spaces that would be perfect to practice many free motion quilting designs.

Would you like to see this mini project continue? Let me know if you'd like to see more quilting tutorials for filling in the spaces of these Rainbow Star quilts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, July 22, 2016

Facebook Live Chat Today!

Last week we tried our first Facebook Live event with the Machine Quilting Block Party group and had a terrific time talking about quilting. Today we're hosting another live event at 4 PM EDT!

Here's how to join in the fun:

1. Join the Leah Day Quilting Facebook Group right here. 

2. At 4 pm EDT, the event will begin. Click Here to figure out what time that will be for you!

(If you need to put in a city to check the time, we're in the same time zone as New York City)

3. If you're on a computer, just click the "click for more" link on the video screen so you can post comments.

If you're on a tablet or phone, rotate it vertical so you can see the comment area.

4. Post any questions you have about quilting and I'll try to answer them all!

Even if you miss this event, the video will be posted to the Leah Day Quilting Group so you can watch it any time.

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Sale!

It's the height of summer, at least in our neck of the woods, and the tomatoes are ripe, the mosquitoes ravenous, and all the baby chicks hatched in the spring are now fluffed up and roaming the yard. It seems like the perfect time to host a big sale!

Right now you can save 10% on almost everything at! 

Click Here to shop now!

Unfortunately we can't discount our affordable tables and custom cut inserts, but everything else in the shop is 10% off from today (7/20) through Monday (7/25). This is a great time to stock up on thread, quilting supplies, books, patterns, and more.

Your support of our quilt shop helps us continue making free videos and quilt patterns each week. We really appreciate your support!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 18, 2016

Twin Rainbow Stars Free Quilt Pattern

#Affiliate - This article and video share this month's Quilty Box, a subscription box of quilting gear you can receive every month. Click Here to learn more about Quilty Box.

This past week I received my Quilty Box, filled with beautiful fabrics and supplies selected by Kathleen Starr from This box came with gorgeous hand dyed fabric that I couldn't wait to cut into and turn into a beautiful quilt. I ended up creating TWO super easy Rainbow Star quilts!

These little quilts measure 32 inches each and are SO fast to piece together. I think they will make a great project for charity quilts or anyone you know that's having twin babies!

The star of these quilts is definitely the fabrics. I absolutely fell in love with Kathleen Starr's hand dyed fabrics and definitely plan to pick up more.

Of course, with two quilts pieced, we now have the fun job of deciding how to quilt them both! Make sure to check back next week when I share tips on quilting both Rainbow Star quilts.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dad's Cabin Fever Quilt - Part 1

Last week I shared the piecing tutorial for our Cabin Fever block and included an image of what an entire quilt would look like created from just this one block. The next day Dad told me how much he loved that quilt design and wanted to make one for himself. Color me delighted!

I showed Dad the basics of using EQ7, and he played around with fabric colors and the design for a few hours until he was happy with it. He expanded it to 42 blocks so it would fit a queen sized bed and played around with borders as well until he came up with this beautiful quilt:

As you can see, Dad added a lot more colors to the block design and also added bright yellow cornerstones and sashing. Now I know where my love of bright colors comes from!

I'm super excited to see this quilt come together. Dad's already started prepping up fabric and piecing a few test blocks just to make sure he really likes the colors.

Dad's eyes nearly bugged out when we drew up the yardage list and it was 4 yards of yellow, 3 yards, of blue, another 3 yards of green. It really is surprising how much fabric a queen sized quilt requires. Thankfully we had plenty of fabric on hand and this massive patchwork quilt is already in progress!

So what do you think of Dad's design? Have you ever made a quilt with a family member? What was your favorite part? Please share your experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Finishing Up a New Workshop

Yes, I'm finally in the finishing stages of the Waterfall Bargello Workshop! This workshop has been so much fun to film and write and the quilt is so, so beautiful!

Waterfall Bargello Workshop - Online class with Leah Day

My goal for this workshop was to teach more than just Bargello piecing, but also how to plan and audition a quilting design over the piecing design. If you've ever struggled to quilt a Bargello quilt, you're probably not alone! These quilts are busy and can be challenging to "see" the design between all the seam lines and fabric colors.

There's definitely a lot more ways to quilt a Bargello quilt that are not just "in the ditch!" I've even shared an extra lesson on adding a bit of bling to the quilt with decorative threads.

Waterfall Bargello Workshop - Online class with Leah Day

Today I'm going to finish quilting this wall hanging and tomorrow head back out to the Crafty Cottage to shoot two more videos on how to bind the edges of the quilt securely. Be looking for this new video workshop coming out later this month!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to Quilt a Cabin Fever Block

It's time to machine quilt our Cabin Fever block, the 7th block in the Machine Quilting Block Party!

Learn how to quilt this Cabin Fever Block in a free video tutorial with Leah Day

I think this block has the perfect combination of textures: flowing Desert Sand over the star, beautiful echoes and circles in the background, and soft Echo Shell in each corner.

Make sure to check out our extra tutorial on marking with paper that I shared last week. This is a new way of marking your quilt from the surface that I also used in this block and it worked well, though a bit of my stitching was out of the ditch. See what I mean in this new video:

Click Here to find the quilt pattern for Block #7

Learn how to mark a quilt block with paper in a tutorial with Leah Day
What did you think about marking the block from the surface? It was tricky to see the ditches and align the marked square nicely with the quilt block, especially with block already on the machine.

One thing that might make it easier would be to not mark the outline of the space so the ditches wouldn't be covered by the pencil drawing.

It might also be easier to mark with freezer paper or wax paper. I haven't tried anything other than Golden Threads paper and tissue paper, but freezer paper is more rigid and could be cut to fit exactly into the quilting space, then stitched over.

The issue with paper of course is removing it after quilting. There's a whole host of water soluble papers and stabilizers that could also work for this method, then be ripped first, then any extra bits left in the stitching could be washed away after quilting.

Ultimately the lesson here is to keep trying new things and experimenting to find what works best for you!

Now I did make a bit of a ditching mistake with this block, but as you can tell from the back it's really not noticeable. I quilted around the star shape first with white thread, then realized I wanted it quilted with orange thread and stitched around again.

Learn how to quilt this beautiful sampler quilt block in a free video tutorial with Leah Day

I didn't ditch any of the lines within the log cabin block in the center because that space was filled completely with Desert Sand.

What did you think of this Cabin Fever block? Which block has been your favorite so far? Is a certain step in piecing or quilting giving you trouble?

Please share your experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day
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