The Free Motion Quilting Project

Friday, May 18, 2018

How to Quilt Pinstripe Curves

What's curvy and spacey and lots of fun? Pinstripe Curves! Learn how to quilt this design in this new quilting tutorial:


Click Here to find the full tutorial

This is our 20th design from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting which means it's time to connect your blocks to make the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt!

Click Here to find the Quilt as You Go Tutorial

The tutorial above is for connecting super-sized quilt blocks together for the Hugs and Kisses Quilt, but I used the exact same technique for Marvelous Mosaic. Follow the instructions in the book and connect your blocks, then bind the edges and your quilt will be complete!

I still have 10 designs to share from the book, but I've decided to change things up and add a bit of free motion quilting or longarm quilting to the new videos. Be looking forward to more machine quilting variety every Friday!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Copyright Law and Quilting

Hello My Quilting Friends! I have a new quilting friend for you to meet today. Heather Kubiak is a copyright attorney and quilter, which is a terrific combination in my opinion! In our conversation, she helped clear up a lot of confusion about copyright as well as opened my eyes to a lot of crazy implications for sharing images on public sites like Pinterest and Facebook.

Click Here to find this episode.

I know this is the second podcast we've done on copyright, which isn't the most fun of topics I'll admit, but please understand this is a major concern for quilt pattern writers and designers.

I see a lot of misinformation wandering around in the world as well as a lot of bent out of shape quilters that seem to think techniques and methods can be copyrighted (sorry, they can't). You can watch all the free motion quilting tutorials I've shared, teach yourself the designs, then go teach them yourself and use the exact same information I've taught.

That's perfectly legal and that's a great thing because otherwise we would all be stuck in little boxes standing perfectly still because walking, running, talking, and every form of stitch work imaginable would be protected by some form of copyright and we'd all have to pay royalties to someone for breathing.

Methods / techniques are utilitarian. You cannot copyright methods.

I've personally experienced bullying a few times from tutorials I've shared and even recently received a take-down notice from a quilter who didn't like that I used her tool in a video. Hello? Free advertising? Fair use? Did you not create this for quilters to use to make quilts?

That experience just left me shaking my head in absolute wonder at the crazy pills some professional quilters seem to take. Please don't fire off copyright claims and take-down notices unless you actually know what you're talking about!

So if you've ever experienced copyright bullying or excessive copyright claim, I hope this podcast helps you feel better. If you're still feeling confused, contact Heather Kubiak and get her help mediating the issue. Yes, it is worth it to have peace of mind and the issue resolved once and for all.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Quilt Along in the Works!

Yes, today I'm making it official - I'm hosting a new goddess quilt along!

I received so many super supportive, kind emails and comments about Eternal Love, the new goddess quilt pattern released last week in time for Mother's Day.

Click Here to learn more about this Quilt Along and find the schedule.

I honestly wasn't sure if anyone would be interested in making this in a Quilt Along. It's definitely a far cry from the traditional quilts I've shared in the past.

So I'm super excited to share this new project and teach you lots of fun techniques for fusible applique and free motion quilting. This is going to be a very quick quilt along with just 5 videos shared in June and July.

Let me know if you have any questions between now and then!

Click Here to find the Eternal Love Quilt Pattern

Click Here to find the Quilting Kit

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, May 14, 2018

How Do I Quilt This?!

Do you wish I was still posting videos here? Are you missing my tutorials getting posted where they are easier to find? I'm still working out a good system for organizing everything at LeahDay.com, so I think I'll continue to post videos here occasionally.

Here's what I shared today asking the question How Do I Quilt This Quilt?!




This was such a fun video to share and I really love digging into the design process. This is exactly how I plan my quilting design for any quilt. Pencil. Piece of paper. Eraser. Maybe a ruler if I can find one (I usually can't since they seem to grow legs in my house and run away from me).

So I hope you found that helpful and will use it to plan your own quilting designs from now on.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you've had a wonderful, relaxing, beautiful day with your family!


Josh and James got up early this morning and made me breakfast, then I spent several hours working on Mally the Maker, then pieced a mess of half square triangles, then jumped in the pool, and now Josh is going to make our usual Sunday spaghetti.

James is working on a silly comic strip and I'll probably sit down and draw at the table with him after I finish writing this. Simple, fun, and relaxing - the best Mother's Day ever!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Trip Down Memory Road

Last night I was working on a detailed post about the inspiration and journey of making the Eternal Love quilt and found myself wandering down a trip through James's birth and little baby time.


I believe this was around August 2008, so about a year before I started this blog. James was SO lovey! These days when I swing my arm out for a hug, he dodges and runs away. Gotta say, that breaks my heart a little every time (but in a good way. He's growing up!)

So that's what I'm thinking about today. That little guy and how much he's grown up. He'll be graduating into middle school at the end of this month which just blows my mind. Here we are scrubbing the treadle base together a few weeks ago:


He wasn't all that happy with me, hence the frowny face. Yeah, I have a feeling even smiles are going to be a rare occurrence for the next few years. No worries! I have a big enough smile for both of us!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, May 11, 2018

Two Tutorials in One Day?

Yeah, I'm feeling like a bit of an overachiever today! I've shared two new quilting tutorials for you:

How to Quilt Crazy Grid

How to Quilt-As-You-Go with Supersized Blocks

I know a lot of quilters following along with the Marvelous Mosaic quilt are just about ready to put their blocks together. I demonstrated this Quilt-As-You-Go technique on the Hugs and Kisses quilt, but it's the exact same technique you'll use to combine the blocks for Marvelous Mosaic.


Whew! We're just about finished up with our third quilt from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day. This has been such a fun year so far and it's only going to get better from here!

Thanks to everyone's awesome support, we are going to do an Eternal Love mini Quilt Along this summer and then I have an awesome Quilt Along planned with Sheri Cilfaldi-Morrill this fall. Lots of fun quilts and learning to come!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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