The Free Motion Quilting Project: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Winner of Free Craftsy Class

My new class The Quilting Effect is only days away from launching on Craftsy and we have selected a winner of our giveaway. Congratulations Laurel D - you've won a free class pass!

Leah Day Craftsy class | The Quilting Effect
The Quilting Effect is a really different class from the others I've taught on Craftsy. I really wanted to dig into quilting design and discuss many ways to quilt over many different styles of quilts. We're going to learn about All Over Quilting on a scrappy style tumbler quilt:

Leah Day Craftsy class | The Quilting Effect
Then we'll learn how to design and quilt an asymmetrical star quilt with lots of background space:

Leah Day Craftsy class | The Quilting Effect
Then we'll dig into applique and discover many creative ways to quilt within and around applique shapes:
Leah Day Craftsy class | The Quilting Effect

I quilted each of these quilts THREE different ways (whew!) to create totally unique, beautiful effects on the surface. If you've been asking yourself - how do I quilt that quilt? where do I start? What will that design look like on the surface? then this class will definitely help you start answering those questions with confidence.

I'll be sharing more details on this new class soon, so feel free to post any questions you have about it in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Free Motion Quilt Loaded Boxes #446

It's time for a new quilting design! Quite awhile ago we learned Unloaded Boxes, which is a fun zigzaggy design with open square shapes. Now let's try filling those spaces to create Loaded Boxes, a beautiful combination of straight lines and spirals:

free motion quilting | loaded boxes quilting design
This design does have a lot of steps - stitch a ziggy line, form a square shape, fill the square with a circle and spiral. Travel stitch out and echo around the box and zigzag line multiple times. Whew! It's a lot to remember and may seem pretty complicated if you're just getting started. Just remember there are plenty of super easy designs on this project you can play with as well.



machine quilting book | Leah Day
While it may not look like it, this design is a variation of McTavishing, which puts it in the Branching Design Family. If you're curious about learning more about free motion quilting designs and how I organize them into design families, definitely check out the book Free Motion Quilting from Feathers to Flames.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


Monday, July 27, 2015

Quilting the Dream Goddess Part 1

You know the nice benefit of getting a lot done on a project you don't really want to work on? A wonderful feeling of productivity and lightness!

This year long scrapbook project actually feels lighter and easier to manage. I'm still not totally caught up, but I'm a lot closer than I was before.

In the evening I rewarded myself with several hours of quilting time on the Dream Goddess:

I'm filling her face first, then working outward to fill in the rows of feathers in her hair. I'd like to have a big chunk of this finished by Thursday so I can bring her with me on a special trip...more on that later this week!

Filling in different designs through this quilt feels easy and fun. I'm intentionally building up thread like I did with Duchess Reigns which creates bold areas of white that really stand out from a distance:

With Duchess Reigns I struggled with distortion across the quilt surface and a lot of pleats and puckers. I believe a lot of those issues were caused by hand dyeing the wholecloth before it was filled. Just in case it was caused by my basting method, I've not only pin basted this quilt, I also machine basted with water soluble thread:

With lines of basting stitches 2-3 inches apart, the quilt is holding together a lot more securely. It took a few hours to get all the lines stitched, but I think it will be absolutely worth it.

This is the first quilt I'm quilting on the Juki 2200. It's been a big adjustment switching from a domestic machine to table mounted longarm. I'm planning to use this machine mostly for my personal projects, like this Dream Goddess, but still film videos and quilt most quilts on my domestic machines out in the Crafty Cottage.

I honestly didn't expect quilting on a table mounted longarm to feel so different, but it has been a bit like learning how to free motion quilt all over again. I know I'll have the hang of it down by the end of the Dream Goddess quilt. I plan to shoot a video on using this new machine soon so be looking for an update sometime next week.

Now I'm off to throw more thread at this pretty girl!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I don't want to work on that...

Wow! It seems I really struck a chord with everyone last week on my post Stop Hoarding, Start Creating. This week has been one of my most productive and fun this year because I followed my creative inspiration each time it nudged me.

I finished the acrylic painting and moved on to bead embroidery:

bead embroidery | Leah Day
This is a small Express Your Love goddess designed to be filled with beads and embroidery thread. Yep, I've been working on it since our quilt along in 2013 and I expect it's going to take quite a lot time to finish.

I don't often want to work on this panel because it's so time consuming. I can easily throw a few hours at this project and only have an inch of space to show for my hard work.

Still, every little bit of stitching gets me one step closer to it being done!

bead embroidery | Express Your Love
I also pulled out the materials in my Quilty Box and created THREE Diamond Path table runners (with a bit of piecing help from Dad):
Diamond Path Table RunnerDiamond Path Table Runner

But there is a project I really need to work on, but I just don't want to mess with it. This year I've been trying to keep a scrapbook with at least one photograph for every day of the year. I've been printing everything out using a mini printer which produces business card sized photographs.

photo scrapbook
I love having this record of our year. I often forget the fun things we do together and having the scrapbook will be a wonderful way to look back and remember.

But around March I got behind and it's just gotten worse and worse. Right now I need to print 4 months worth of photos and get them all organized in the scrap book. It feels like an overwhelming, not fun task, but I know once it's done I will feel very happy and relieved it's done.

Do you ever feel like this? Like you don't want to work on something, but if you did, it would be a relief just to have it done?

How do you make yourself work on a project when it just feels tedious and boring?

I've decided to put myself in jail today and just get all the photos printed. They don't have to be organized chronologically in the scrapbook (that will be next week), but they do need to be all printed out.

I've done jail time with projects before. This is how I finally finished the ridiculous hand binding on the 365 quilt and how I finished Duchess Reigns this winter. It's wonderful when your creative impulse pushes you to make something new and beautiful, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and FINISH the monster project that just needs to get done.

So now I'm off to jail armed with donuts and hot tea. How bad can this be?

Let's go finish something today!

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Craftsy Class Coming Soon!

Leah Day Craftsy Class
Way back in March I began working on a new Craftsy class that would be unlike any class I'd ever taught before. I wanted to explore different ways the quilting design effects your finished quilt. To test this theory, I decided to design three quilts, then quilt each of them three different ways.

Yep - that is NINE quilts! If you're wondering why I've been working on this class since March - that's why! This was a massive endeavor, but ultimately the best way to create the new class - The Quilting Effect. 

Leah Day Craftsy ClassWould you like a chance to win a free class pass?

So often I'm asked "How do I quilt it?!" and that's really a two part question - how do I pick the designs for the quilt and how do I apply the designs to the quilt?

In a world of over-the-top quilting and designs that only seem to become more and more intense, how do you choose what designs to use on your quilts? How do you know what you will like to see on the surface? And how in the world do you pick the right thread color?!

Leah Day Craftsy Class
If you've been asking yourself these questions, then this new class will be right up your alley! We will dig into selecting designs and thread colors, sampling to know what your quilt will look like in advance, and how to make these decisions based on the most important factor of all - the time and energy you have for that project.

My goal in creating this class was to empower you to play with quilting design and give you the confidence to jump in with both feet. Make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win this new class coming out soon!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quilty Box Challenge!

diamond path table runner | basiX template
Last month I received my first Quilty Box and loved the collection of fabric, patterns, and tools, BUT I didn't have time to make anything from the supplies. This month I've decided to challenge myself to use the gear in my Quilty Box to make a brand new quilt.

Remember - it's time to stop hoarding and start creating so if you're wanting a fun monthly challenge definitely join in this fun project!

This little table runner project only took a few hours to piece, and I'm thrilled with the results! This was pieced using Patricia Pepe's BasiX Template which allowed me to create complex blocks without paper or template piecing.

See how I used the materials in this month's Quilty Box to create this beautiful table runner:



Click Here to find the pattern for this table runner. 

piecing basiX templateI was inspired to create a table runner for this challenge, but quickly realized I didn't want to use only the Wilmington Prints Flourish Batik strips from the box. I added black Kona strips as well so the quilt would have nice contrast and lots of background space to add beautiful quilting designs.

Piecing this top went super quickly even though the blocks cut from the BasiX template are off grain. The key to piecing with off-grain fabrics is to be very gentle when handling them and to starch the crap out of the fabric before you cut!

No, I've not become a convert to Mary Ellen's Best Press, but I think you should definitely use SOMETHING to stabilize your fabric before piecing and cutting. I still prefer Niagara brand spray starch because it's less expensive and makes the fabric much stiffer and easier to handle. Find more on starching your quilts here.

basiX template | diamond table runner
The thing I loved most about this project was working with the BasiX template and playing with the layout of all the blocks. I loved this pattern so much I'm already piecing together more strips to make two more table runners!

So what will you make from your Quilty Box? Are you inspired to make a table runner too, or a scrappy quilt from the precut strips? Share this video with your friends and challenge yourself to get creative with Quilty Box!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stop Hoarding, Start Creating!

hoarding craft supplies
Are you really a creative person, or just a hoarder of cool creative stuff?

This is an issue I run into a lot. I have a lot of creative interests and in recent years I've been able to invest in those interests and expand quite large stashes of beads, yarn, fiber, paint, and fabric. But does owning all this STUFF actually make me a creative person?

Nope. It just means I have a very full feeling house.

See what I mean in this Light Up Your Life video:


crafty supply hoarding | art yarn
How to Actually Be Creative

To me being creative comes as natural as feeling hungry for lunch around noon and feeling tired and ready for bed around 9 pm. It's like a little nudge of desire in the back of my head that makes me want to spin, knit, crochet, bead, or quilt.

Sometimes it's the feeling of the craft that I find myself craving - like the feeling of soft wool sliding through my fingers as I spin, or the meditative pace of hand stitching hexagons. Sometimes a project will pop into my head fully formed. I MUST go make that blue jacket right NOW!

I believe that natural impulse to make beautiful things or to revel in the crafty process comes to everyone. I believe ALL people have creative urges, but unfortunately most have learned to ignore those urges and squash them before they even become real desires. Remember, you are allowed to WANT.

crafty supply hoarding | yarn hoarding
Excuses Kill Creativity

But I often find myself killing my creative impulses too. I'm too busy, or too tired, or the house is already a mess, and why in the world do I want to pull out my drum carder now?!

I make a lot of excuses and then (because the impulse never really goes away) - I go shopping.

Touring the aisles of Michaels or Mary Jo's Cloth Store certainly makes me feel very happy. So many beautiful things to play with - paint, yarn, beads, and more fabric than I could ever use in my lifetime...

And so a vicious cycle beings with creative impulses being ignored in favor of a quick trip to the shop and new materials being brought home. Soon the STUFF is so overwhelming it needs it's own special shelving and storage bins and MORE time is spent organizing all this cool, creative stuff than has ever been spent actually USING it.

I find it interesting that I'm not the only one having noticed this trend recently. Bonnie Hunter recently shared in her post Stash Attack! and I loved her comparison to cooking food:

"I want to be able to call myself a quilter because I MAKE QUILTS.  Not because I shop.

That’s like saying “I’m a cook!”  And all I do is buy groceries that fill the fridge and no one eats them, and when things go bad, we toss them out." 

Making Mistakes and Learning

Personally the main thing that stops me from using my supplies is the fear of wasting my awesome gear. What if I make a big mistake? What if the project is a total catastrophe? What if that jacket doesn't fit? What if I totally botch that painting?

All these little questions are little threads of fear that eventually tie you up in a web of insecurity. I'm scared of wasting my paint and canvas because I'm not that skilled at painting and I will likely mess it up.

crafty supply hoarding | creative painting Leah Day
But what will help me gain the skill for painting? ACTUALLY PAINTING!

Mistakes are simply part of the creative process. They are necessary, intrinsic and essential. I will learn nothing by keeping the paint safe in the tubes. I have to be willing to use what I have, accept my skill where it is, and DO THE WORK.
So what about you? Do you tend to hoard your craft supplies and fabric or do you only buy exactly what you need for exactly one project? Do you follow your creative impulses or try to squash the impulse with other activities?
This week I challenge you to follow one impulse, no matter how big or how small. Just follow it, try the idea, play with the materials, and see where it leads!

Now let's get moving, let's try something new,

Leah Day

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beginner Quilting Failures

Josh here, and today I'd like to talk about something we've all experienced: beginner failures, roadblocks, and hurdles that keep tripping us up.

Last year I embarked on my first quilting project, trying my hand at free motion quilting the Beginner Building Blocks quilt alongside Leah on printed panel fabric from spoonflower which Leah had pieced for me.

I had zero experience on a sewing machine--I could find the on and off switch and I knew what the pedal was for, but that was it!

Leah and I documented my beginner journey in 2014 and filmed my free motion quilting progress, block by block.

Free videos of both highly skilled Leah and my beginner self were posted weekly through 2014 to guide you through the process of piecing and then free motion quilting each block.


http://www.leahday.com/media/uploads/2014/04/09/images/bb_head.jpg
 
Continuing my story, I was a total blank slate when it came to sewing and quilting. My goal was to become comfortable with free motion quilting and ultimately I wanted to show quilters who were intimidated by free motion that anyone can do this!

When I first sat down at the machine and began stitching on my block, I was instantly surprised because I was expecting all of it to be so much more difficult, like playing the guitar for the first time and trying to strike chords. As I had zero frame of reference, I had no bad habits to unlearn.

http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/building-blocks-download-quilt-pattern/
I quickly bogged down, however.

That's my very first block, wiggly U's.

See my uneven stitching, the jolting points where I stopped the machine and then restarted? 

I felt like I was producing a whacked out spider web from an arachnid dosed on caffeine. 

That said, we all start somewhere, and looking back on my first block now more than a year later, I'm actually proud of it as I have the luxury of hindsight and can compare it to my final block:

http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/building-blocks-download-quilt-pattern/

Much more even stitching and so much better curves!

Speaking of curves, as you can probably see, they were the bane of my existence. Spirals in particular felt impossible to do in the beginning, and every time I made a circle I felt like it was a failure. In contrast was hard angles and and straight lines; they never gave me a problem.

I also had trouble with stitching in any direction that wasn't in my comfort zone, small 1/4 " scale, and stitching along the edges of the block. All of these things challenged me.

With Leah's tutelage and patience, I stopped thinking of these challenges as failures or impassable obstacles, but more as hurdles to jump as I gained skill.

So what are some of your beginner "failures?" (I put failure in quotations because it's truly a negative word and so far from the truth--when learning a skill, you really can't fail as you're gaining muscle memory and experience, and the only real failure would come if you quit entirely!)

What really drove you crazy when you were learning the free motion quilting ropes?
If you're a beginner like me and are just starting out, what's your biggest roadblock right now?

Leah and I would love to hear from you! Please comment below and share your own experiences.

Until next time, let's go quilt.

Josh

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Quilting a King on Your Home Machine

http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/king-workshop/
Yay! It's finally time to release our new video workshop: Quilting a King on Your Home Machine!

This video workshop focuses on all the major issues to quilting a king from basting a huge quilt on a small table to managing the bulk and weight of the quilt on a small home sewing machine.

If you have a king sized quilt in the works, you can absolutely use the information included in this workshop to finish your quilt in style. Just in case you don't have a king quilt top ready to go, we've included the Salsa Verde quilt pattern to work through step-by-step!

Learn more about Quilting a King in this intro video:


http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/king-workshop/
So what is a Video Workshop and how will it arrive?

This video workshop is collection of videos you can watch online or download to your computer or tablet device. The videos are linked within a downloadable PDF that comes with the Salsa Verde quilt pattern, design worksheets, and detailed learning guide.

In order to access the videos and pattern, you’ll need to be able to download a PDF file to your computer. Click Here to find tips on downloading this workshop.



If you've been told that it's impossible to quilt a king sized quilt on the sewing machine you have right now, think again! Click Here to learn more about this new workshop!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 13, 2015

Free Motion Quilt Angry Stitch #445

We're back to new free motion quilting designs and this week I've got a really funny one to share - it's called Angry Stitch.

This is the total opposite to Happy Stitch, with angry eyebrows and a big frown. You might be wondering where you'd use such a cross design on your quilts. Why would we want to put angry faces on a quilt?

The funny thing about this design is it made me happy to quilt it! While all the faces were getting angrier and angrier, I found myself getting happier and more silly as I formed the shapes over the little quilt square.

See what I mean in this quilting video:



So where will this free motion filler design work best in our quilts? I think it could work just about anywhere as the cute overall design over a very eccentric baby quilt or the dense filler in the background of a wholecloth. The nice thing about Stacking Designs like these is they can work just about anywhere in your quilts.

Personally I found Angry Stitch to be a great mood lifter and no, I don't think putting a design like this into a quilt would make it negative. I think it would make any quilt more interesting and might make someone looking at the quilt surface do a double take and wonder - why did Mom quilt frowny faces all over my quilt?

Now if you're looking for more How-to-Quilt inspiration, you're in for a big treat this week. Our new video workshop Quilting a King on Your Home Machine is coming out on Wednesday!

If you've wanted to learn how to quilt a REAL king sized quilt, all in one piece, on a small machine, this new video workshop will be just for you. Swing by the Quilt Shop this Wednesday to check it out and help support the free videos we share weekly.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Declaring a Cease Fire

With a title like that, this is sure to be interesting! Yes, this week I declared a personal cease fire  - I don't want to fight about business anymore.



A bit of back story: I launched our business back in 2009 after starting this blog. I created the online quilt shop (originally at DayStyleDesigns.com, now here at LeahDay.com) to support the blog and our family. Within a few months, Josh began packing the orders, and within a year we were working together full time.

In that time we've both had ideas for where the business should go, which direction to work in, and sometimes it's been a bit like having two very vocal, very stubborn captains for the same ship, both steering in opposite directions.

Most of the time it wasn't a big deal, but for the last three years my focus became driven towards book manufacturing and distribution - I wanted to see our books, DVDs, and patterns in quilt shops.

This required a lot of expensive investments - a new redesigned edition of our books 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs and Free Motion Quilting from Feathers to Flames, a warehouse to have books delivered, a huge chunk of cash paid to print the books, and then a trip to quilt market to find distributors that would carry the book so quilt shops could find it.

I believed in every step of this process that this would pay off and be a great investment in our business. Josh felt very much the opposite and it worried him to see how much time and expense was being shelled out.

To say this created conflict between us is an understatement. I love my husband dearly, but for a few years I could barely speak to him about business without wanting to punch a wall. I was so stubbornly set on the direction I wanted to go that I wouldn't listen to reason. I was also making a lot of decisions based on emotion - never a good move.

I often pulled rank on the business to get my way, I'm embarrassed to admit, which only made things worse. There's nothing worse than the hollow victory of winning by declaring you're the one in charge, the one making all the decisions.

And what do you know... I was wrong the whole time.

Thanks to my stubborn single-mindedness and obsession with wholesale and distribution, we've been suddenly struggling with major cash flow issues. In business, it doesn't matter how profitable you are, what matters is if you have actual cash on hand to pay for products, employees, improvements, etc.

I can honestly admit that I made a series of bad choices from purchasing a massive quantity of books to traveling too much and losing focus on the things that have consistently worked for us year after year.

This week I took stock of all that has happened and the Cliff of Doom I've nearly steered us over, and finally admitted that I've been wrong, and that I was making too many executive decisions myself.

It's hard to admit being wrong, but the second that I did, I felt much, much better. I felt truly relieved to have the weight of the business, and the role of decision-maker off my shoulders.

Josh hasn't been bitter or rubbed my mistakes in my face. He's just as tired of fighting about business as I am, and was worried that I would never see reason.

Ultimately I believe declaring this personal cease fire will be one of the best things I've done all year. I now see that running up against continual issues like we were should have been a sign that something wasn't right, and that I needed to look at the situation with more logic and reasoning than emotion and feeling.

So have you ever had a topic you just couldn't talk about without getting angry or emotional? Have you been rehashing the same fight, over and over? Could you declare a personal cease-fire and just decide to stop arguing about that issue? Would it make your life lighter and easier if you did?

Declaring my cease-fire has certainly lit up my life this week and I'm feeling much lighter, happier, and at peace with my husband. THIS is the way I want to feel.

Until next time, let's get moving. Let's try something new!

Leah Day

Friday, July 10, 2015

Backyard chicks: cuteness overload

Josh here today, and we'll keep things short and sweet; and I'm talking super cute and sweet.

Here are my newly hatched Silkie chicks. When the pictures were taken, they were a day to two days old. I love this age because they bond with you in absence of a mother hen, and as they are a bantam breed, they are easy to watch and even easier to clean up after when you bring them inside.




We have just three of these black baby silkies and we're having trouble thinking of names for this bunch. Any ideas?

Until next time, let's go raise chicks!

Josh

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Easy Walking Foot Wiggles!

It's Walking Foot Wednesday and I've just posted a new video on walking foot quilting right here at LeahDay.com!

http://www.leahday.com/walking-foot-wiggles/
These smooth, curving lines are super easy to quilt and I love the texture they add to our t-shirt blocks. I figured Jame's Robot t-shirt could use a little softer quilting design and this one finished up just right!

Click Here to find Machine Quilting Easy WIGGLES!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 6, 2015

Free Motion Quilt Crinkly Clamshells - #444

We had a great time machine quilting Egyptian Fans last week so this week I'm playing with more curvy shapes to make a super cute quilting design called Crinkly Clamshells!

machine quilting design | free motion quilting
It's hard to believe we have 444 quilting designs to play with now! Just in case you've missed it before, you can find the full collection of designs right here at LeahDay.com. 


Crinkly Clamshells is a simple Echoing Design similar to Echo Shell and Echo Arches, but this design starts with a wiggly, crinkly shape (maybe the sea creature within the shell?) Because the echoes are simple half or quarter circle shapes, the design stacks easily together creating a cute texture for your quilts.
machine quilting kit
Speaking of quilting real quilts, the tools in the Ultimate Quilting Kit definitely make this a lot easier! You'll be able to grip your quilt, move it easily over your machine, and enjoy fewer thread breaks with the tools included in this kit. Click Here to learn more.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Light Up Your Life - Forgive Yourself

Happy 4th of July! Today is our Independence Day, usually celebrated with great food and fireworks. We'll be canning tomatoes today, then cooking a big meal in the evening to enjoy with family. I just wanted an excuse to take the whole day off to cook, play in the pool, chase James around the yard, and eat a lot of tomatoes!

I have a Light Up Your Life video here that's a bit in-congruent with the festivities. It's all about personal forgiveness - learning how to build compassion and empathy for YOURSELF.

Then I got to thinking about it and I think this is the best time to share this. What better day to learn about forgiveness and declare a personal cease-fire than on a night of fireworks and bright colors?

 Yep, I make a lot of mistakes, and made many on this little art journal quilt! Rather than get frustrated and angry with myself, I've just taken it in stride.

It's taken me years to learn compassion for myself. Self judgement and criticism are horrible monsters to live with in your head, and very hard to ignore.

I have a lot more to share on learning compassion, but for this post I just want to remind you that it's never too late to STOP judging yourself, criticizing yourself, and find that softer, compassionate voice in your mind.

One tool I have used over the years is pivoting off major holidays as a way to let go and release my negativity and resentment. I think 4th of July is a perfect day because the bright lights and fireworks are a bit like a Holi Festival.

A Holi Festival is a Hindu festival of light and color that signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships (Wikipedia).

I've seen photos of Holi festivals and would love to attend, literally swim in color for a day, and then as it washes off, also allow it to take all my lingering resentment with it. I believe you can find symbols and methods of release like this throughout the year, and it never hurts to lighten your load.

I've been lumbering under a lot of regrets this spring - I've been traveling too much, I missed a lot of James's school events, and our business isn't in the same shape it was last year. Tonight I'm going to release all my regrets and lingering judgement, imagining them exploding one after the other with our fireworks this evening.

So what about you? Do you find it easy to forgive your mistakes or do you keep beating yourself up for things you've done or said, even years after the fact? Do you leave mistakes in your quilts, or do you have to rip? Have you ever used a firework display, or bonfire as a way to set down your negativity and move forward with fresh outlook?

It's definitely never too late to learn how to release the negativity in your life! Start today.

Let's get moving. Try something new!

Leah Day

Friday, July 3, 2015

BIG Craftsy Sale!

This weekend Craftsy is holding a terrific sale with select classes starting at $19.99!

http://www.craftsy.com/ext/LeahDay_holiday
Help support our website and free videos by checking out all the cool classes on sale here!

Here's three awesome classes that I highly recommend:

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Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot - If you've been enjoying our walking foot videos, you'll LOVE Jacquie Gering's walking foot class! She shares awesome tips and creative ideas for machine quilting multiple quilt projects with your walking foot.

Finishing School: Edges & Bindings - Are you tired of blah edges to your quilts? Add a totally new look to the edge with piping, rick-rack, scallops, and more! Mimi Dietrich is both friendly and entertaining as she guides you step-by-step through multiple binding methods

http://www.craftsy.com/ext/LeahDay_holiday
Help! How Do I Quilt It?! - Angela Walters is back with another awesome quilting class on how to pick designs for your quilts. Learn several designs and many new ideas with Angela's calm approach to quilting.

Find all three of these classes on sale for just $19.99 this weekend only! Click Here to shop now!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Walking Foot Wednesday - Quilt Easy Rays

walking foot wednesday | machine quilting
We've just moved our walking foot posts to Wednesday so we can call it Walking Foot Wednesday! There are so many creative ways to use your walking foot, and I'm loving the challenge of coming up with new designs in our t-shirt quilt project.

Today I've shared a super easy machine quilting design called Rays at LeahDay.com. This simple design involves quilting straight lines from the center of your quilt block.

machine quilting rays | machine quilting 

 I love the emphasis this simple design adds to the center of the block! Click Here to learn how to quilt easy Rays with your Walking Foot!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day
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