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Monday, June 27, 2016

Super Easy Way to Quilt a Real Quilt

Last week I received my Quilty Box for June and was inspired by the included fabric to create a paper pieced quilt top. Click Here to find the free quilt pattern for Paper Airplanes!

Paper Airplanes Quilt Pattern and beginner video tutorial with Leah Day

This quilt has a lot of plain white background space and yes, I could have used dozens of filler designs to add more texture to the quilt. However, something about that plain notebook paper fabric got stuck in my head and I couldn't shake it.

Paper Airplanes Quilt Pattern and beginner video tutorial with Leah Day
When you get struck with a design inspiration please don't question it. There are always a million different ways you could quilt any quilt, but if only one way is speaking to you, follow THAT inspiration!

So I decided to fill the entire quilt with evenly spaced straight lines and to bend those lines around the triangles.

This texture is so subtle, but it really stands out because I used two layers of batting. Learn why I made these design and construction decisions in this new video:


Click Here to find the free Paper Airplanes Quilt Pattern.

What do you think of this simple design? Have you ever used multiple layers of batting in a quilt? Does paper piecing scare you or annoy you? Please share your experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Silly Summer Fun

Yes, we're having a great time this summer! James was in an especially great mood today and we shot some silly faces together.

What's really wonderful is our new parenting style has definitely been paying off. We're limiting video games to just 20 minutes and only earned from pull ups or push ups. James is up to 8 pull ups a day and rocking karate two days a week!

When James isn't hanging out with the chickens, cat, or dog, he's reading on the couch or playing Legos. He's doing this without complaining or whining for attention while we work in the next room or downstairs.

If you'd told me that we would have had such a great turn around this quickly, I would have cut off gaming a long time ago! It's been a tough road, but the end result has been so worth it and I know James is stronger, smarter, and happier for the change.

Super Productive Summer

So far it's also been a very productive summer. Dad and I have pieced and quilted more than six quilts together over the last month, with many more to create over the next few weeks. Today I've been out in the Crafty Cottage shooting new videos for next week. Here's a little sneak peek for the video coming out this Monday!


Lots of beautiful long, elegant lines! Come to think of it, we should probably do an update on the Crafty Cottage, shouldn't we? I've had the little barn finished for over a year now and it's been such a nice space to film videos and work without interruption. Let me know if you'd like me to shoot a video update in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Easy Applique Sunflower Quilts

It's now officially summertime, and that means sunflowers!

Check out these two gorgeous quilts from Sandi E. and Diane D. shared on our interactive facebook group:





These two quilts were made using Ann Holmes' No Sewing until You Quilt It applique technique.
The method is turned edge applique which allows you to easily build complicated quilts over a layer of French Fuse interfacing.

And yes, the sunflower quilt pattern is included with the book, along with one yard of french fuse fabric to help you learn the technique.

Hope to see you on our facebook group! It's like being part of an international quilt guild with friends all over the world sharing their quilts and getting help on various projects. So much fun!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More Sneak Peeks for Fall Market

I've been quilting up a storm this week every since I got back from Heroes Con to meet my deadline to ship quilts to Island Batik. I still can't share the full projects I've designed, but I have shot a few sneak peeks for you to enjoy!


I decided to design a variety of quilt sizes - one wall hanging, one large throw, one queen sized quilt, and one small throw that could also be a baby quilt. This new set of patterns will become available in November this year.


Of course I love adding as much texture as I can with the quilting design! When I shared this photo on Facebook, a quilter instantly commented that she knew it was mine without reading the description.

It's funny how subtle things combine together to become your signature style after awhile. For me it's lots of filler designs stitched in contrasting thread with relatively small stitches. This is just the way I love to quilt!

Do you have a particular style of quilting? The best way to develop your own style is to quilt lots of quilts, look at lots of quilts, and always be asking yourself what you love to see and stitch. The more you do what you love, the better your quilting will reflect you.

Now I'm off to finish quilting two more quilts so I can get all of these beauties bound and shipped off by the end of the month. It's been a lot of fun to have this deadline and Josh is already planning deadlines for our own projects coming out later this summer. New workshops, books, and embroidery designs are already in the works!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, June 20, 2016

Easy Paper Airplanes 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 awesome quilting supplies selected by Heather Gavins, from CrimsonTate.com. Heather designed a fun line of fabric called Paper Obsessed and included several fat quarters in the box for us to play with. I was inspired by the paper themed fabric to do a bit of paper piecing and created the Paper Airplanes quilt, a really easy paper piecing project you can learn how to make in this video:

Paper Airplanes Easy Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern at LeahDay.com

Click Here to find the video and free quilt pattern at LeahDay.com.

Just like last month I've published this free quilt pattern in an easy-to-print PDF you can download, print, and share to your heart's content! This is a paper pieced quilt pattern so make sure to print the pages full size with no scaling or shrinking so the paper patterns are the correct size.

Paper Airplanes Easy Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern at LeahDay.com
For my first run with the blocks to test the pattern, I used Island Batik fabrics that really looked great. I'm honestly tempted to piece another quilt top using Island Batik Sunset, Black, and Blurple because the colors looked so pretty.

Of course, with this much background space around the airplane blocks, the biggest question is going to be - How do we quilt it? Make sure to check back next week when I share tips on picking designs for this quilt!

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Amazing Time at Heroes Con 2016

Josh and I just got back from Heroes Con, a comic con in Charlotte, NC. We cosplayed as two characters each this year and had tons of fun walking the show floor and meeting comic book artists.

Galadriel from Lord of the Rings with Batman and Harley Quinn
Just in case you've never heard of cosplay, it's basically a mash up of costuming and play acting as the character you're portraying. I'm not the best actress so I mostly focus on sewing an awesome costume with extra special quilted sections if I can manage it.

I totally goofed up a photo as Zelda, Twilight Princess
What's really fun is meeting so many people wanting to learn the basics of sewing and garment construction. Pretty much anyone I met in costume asked how or who made my costume and how they could do the same. Hint hint local sewing machine dealers - I think you should set up a booth here next year!

I have big plans for new costumes and lots of inspiration to build new props. The interesting thing about sewing costumes is you have to not only make something that looks great, it has to also wear well through the event and not become too painful to bear over the long hours of the con.

I made a mistake with my Galadriel costume by wearing a body suit underneath that was so restricting I felt like the stuffing was getting squished out of me within two hours. I had to change out of the costume, which really limited the number of photos I took and people I met.

Ultimately it was a terrific weekend and I can't wait to dress up again in a few weeks for the Shelby Comic Con. It definitely won't be as big, but I'll be there with bells on!

Let's go quilt or cosplay!

Leah Day

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ugh! Really Stupid Mistake

Ever make a horribly stupid mistake that just makes you want to bang your head against a wall?Yesterday I dropped James off at karate and noticed the car was almost out of gas so I headed to a nearby gas station to fill up quick before running some errands.

Now I should add that I HATE pumping gas. I will use our truck over the car just to avoid it. It's one of the few, rare errands that just make me crazy and after 11 years of marriage, Josh has nicely taken over this task for the most part. So it's a rare day that I pump gas myself and I've sort of gotten out of the habit of it.

So I hopped out of the car with both my wallet and phone in my hand and pull out the pump and notice it leaking all over the place. It leaks right down the side of the car and I put my phone and wallet on the top of the car to protect them and grab some paper towels to clean up the mess.

Can you guess what I did next? I cleaned up the mess, finished pumping gas, hopped back in the car and drove away - with my brand new iPhone and wallet on the roof! UGH!

I realized my mistake less than 2 minutes later as I was pulling into the bank and noticed my wallet was missing from my purse. Where is it? Oh my gosh! Where is it!??? I hop out of the car and luckily, thankfully, my iPhone had stuck to the back of the car and not fallen off. My wallet was nowhere to be seen.

I rushed back to the gas station, searching the road for any sign of a wallet. The gas station attendant told me frankly that this was a bad part of town to lose a wallet and shrugged his shoulders. I headed back along the route I'd driven and noticed a black lump in the road. Could that be it???

I parked in a nearby lot and ran over and YES! it was my wallet! Whew! Giant sigh of relief!

Then I opened it up and found all the cash, checks, and one credit card gone. UGH! For a minute I was outraged, but then I realized just how lucky I was. Whoever had stolen my cash had thrown the wallet back in the road where I could find it. I won't have to replace my drivers license, all the miscellaneous discount cards and bank cards that could have been stolen.

And really - none of it would have been stolen if I hadn't left the wallet on top of my car! Yes, it was  a horribly stupid mistake, but it could have ended very differently. I'm chucking it up to a learning experience and yet another reason why I don't pump gas.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day
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