The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Piece Perfect Quilts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Piece Perfect Quilts

Yay! It's finally time to release my new book How to Piece Perfect Quilts!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm so thrilled to be releasing this book today! Click here to check it out now!

Just in case you don't recognize the title, this was actually the very first book I wrote, way back in 2009 before I started this blog. Back then I did a lot more piecing than quilting (hard to believe, right?!) and wanted to share all my tips for piecing blocks and quilts perfectly.

Needless to say, my writing ability has definitely improved over the last five years. Also technology as seriously changed during this time and our biggest request was to make this book tablet-compatible.

free motion quilting | Leah DaySo it made sense to take this book down when we changed websites last year so I could edit, spruce it up, and make it tablet-compatible.

Well, after this experience I now know that changing an existing book is twice as much work as writing a new book! Josh and I teamed up to edit and reorganize the information into eleven chapters. Then I taught my dad cut and piece as we recreated the five quilt projects in the book with prettier fabric colors and much better photos.

free motion quilting | Leah Day | Max GrayTeaching Dad how to cut and piece fabric while working on this book was a great experience. As he asked questions and issues came up, I added those tips to the book. I also decided to insert the original videos (yes, those shot back in 2009 when I was just 25 years old) into the book as well. They might not be the most polished videos I've ever created, but they're still great visual demonstration of how to piece perfectly.

After all this hard work, it feels wonderful to be able to release this book today and know that it's now the best book I could ever write about piecing! I really hope it helps all quilters learn how to prepare fabric, cut, and piece blocks and quilts with confidence.

Now some nitty gritty - due to amazingly good luck we actually have two different versions of the book ready today!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Ebook version - This is an awesome downloadable edition you can order right now, download immediately, and then print on your computer or transfer to your tablet to read and enjoy. This edition also includes links to the 22 piecing videos within the book itself. I've also linked up the table of contents so it's easy to navigate through the book and jump to the chapters you wish to read.

Note - this is an ebook and designed for tablets like iPad using a PDF reading app like iBooks. We will have a kindle version available soon.
Print version - Yes! For the first time ever, this book is available in print! The one downside to the print edition is we couldn't include the videos (where would we link them?!) The upside is you don't have to mess with downloading and printing it yourself. If you're not particularly computer savvy, this is definitely the version for you!

Whew! This has been a lot of work all summer long, but holding the printed book in my hands, or scrolling through the ebook on my iPad, I know that every second spend working on this book was well worth it!

Let's go quilt,


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful new book. And I'm definitely interested in learning more tips and tricks to perfect my piecing. So happy you took time to share your expertise and continue to inspire all of us to continually learn and improve on our quilting skills. :) Thank you.



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