The Free Motion Quilting Project: 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Why Am I Keeping All This Stuff?

Yep, this was my upstairs office today...

I was planning to move a big cabinet you can't see in this picture out of this room and into the living room. So I pulled everything out and began sorting through it.

Then Josh and I talked through the move some more and he decided to dismantle the 55 gallon fish tank you can see in the corner of the photo next weekend so I don't need to move this cabinet anymore.

There's a piece of me that wonders if I should keep all this stuff. A giant chunk (at least 75 pounds) is a bead collection I started when I was around 14 years old. I don't do much any beadwork these days so why am I holding onto all of this?

But then I open a box and the memories flood out in a rush. I carried these bins with me to college, I remember buying many of the tubes in high school. They're a bit like old friends and it's wonderful to pull them out and paw through them a bit.

And it really doesn't take up THAT much space. I tucked everything back into place and have a new plan with my special craft projects - I'm going to start drawing and sketching my ideas at night before bed and work out exactly what I want to create with the beads / ribbon / fabric / yarn and fiber I've stashed away in this cabinet.

Then once I have a fully planned project, I'll pull out the gear and make it a reality. Then put my toys away and enjoy the finished pretty thing. I think that's a lot better than leaving out random things that are continually in my way / driving me crazy until I get around to finishing them.

So I'm off to sketch and dream! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and you're ready for next week to begin.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, July 20, 2018

How to Quilt Crazy Matrix

Just three more walking foot quilting designs to go and I added a bit of longarm quilting on top. It's a bit like icing on the cake, but better!

Click Here to find the Slice Quilting Ruler I used for travel stitching in this video.

Click Here to read more about the Grace Qnique 15R.

I really love quilting designs two radically different ways. It's really important to understand that there isn't a perfect type of quilting out there. There are always limitations to what you can do easily and how much control you have over the design.

With walking foot quilting, I think the main advantage is you have lots of control. The machine guides the quilt for you and you can control the stitch length by the setting on your machine.

The disadvantage is walking foot quilting is slow and if your quilt is big, I'm not going to lie - it's going to be a workout!

The advantage of longarm quilting is you have a much easier range of movement. Instead of muscling the quilt under the needle, you're moving the machine smoothly over the quilt.

The disadvantage with this type of quilting is the size and cost - longarms take up a lot of space and aren't as affordable as a home machine. It also does take practice to learn how to control the machine. That's why I used the ruler in the video to keep the outline of my design nice and straight.

That said, longarm quilting machines have come down in price considerably since they were first created. You may even be able to rent time in a quilt shop in your local area to try it out.

I hope you're enjoying these quilting tutorials! Let me know if you have anything specific you'd like to see and I'll film a video just for you.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Leaf Peepers Quilt Along with Sheri Cilfaldi-Morrill

It's time for a new quilt along! Last year I mentioned in a few podcast episodes I would love to collaborate with another quilting designer and host a quilt along together. My friend Sheri Cilfaldi-Morrill from was up for the challenge and together we've been working on a fun new project for more than 8 months!

Click Here to find the Leaf Peepers Quilt Pattern

Sheri designed this beautiful Leaf Peepers Quilt to highlight the changing colors of leaves during the autumn season. I love decorating for each season and Leaf Peepers is going to be a wonderful quilt to pull out each fall.

With this quilt pattern, you can piece the blocks into a square shape to create a 40-inch wall hanging or you can piece the blocks in a line to create a 24 x 74-inch table runner. Check out the beautiful quilts in this video:

The process of writing a pattern and hosting a quilt along with another teacher has been a wonderful experience. Sheri and I tested the pattern, pieced the blocks, and quilted our quilts, filming videos throughout the process.

Next month this new Leaf Peepers Quilt Along will begin and each Monday from August 13th - October 8th, we will share new videos detailing every step of the process!

These big leaf blocks are so much fun to piece and along the way you'll learn two methods for piecing half square triangles, how to make quarter square triangles (my new favorite unit) and how to quilt your Leaf Peepers Quilt with walking foot quilting, free motion quilting, and ruler foot quilting.

How do you join this quilt along? All you need to do is pick up a copy of the Leaf Peepers Quilt Pattern.

Once you have the pattern, you can get started prepping up your fabric so you're ready to begin on August 13th. Follow the directions in this video to wash, starch, press, and cut your pieces accurately:

Click Here to find the Leaf Peepers Fat Quarter Bundle

I can't wait for this new Leaf Peepers Quilt Along to begin and I'm really looking forward to decorating with my new quilts this autumn.

Click Here to find the Leaf Peepers Quilt Along Schedule.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, July 16, 2018

How to Quilt Pinstripe Matrix Maze

We're down to our last four designs from Explore Walking Foot Quilting and I've decided to add a bit of longarm quilting exploration to each video as well. See what I mean in this new quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the Slice Ruler.

Click Here to learn more about the Grace Qnique Longarm.

The key to Pinstripe Matrix Maze is that nice spacing of lines and as you can see in the quilting tutorial, no matter whether you quilt it with a walking foot or with a ruler on a longarm, this can be tricky!

The nice thing is this design is so complex and zigzaggy that slightly wide or slightly narrow lines aren't going to be obvious. Definitely give it a try and see what I mean!

Let's go quilt

Leah Day

Friday, July 13, 2018

How to Quilt Crazy Curves

We're nearing the end of the Walking Foot Quilt Along and have only a handful of designs left to quilt together. I've been adding a little extra quilting goodness to these quilting tutorials to teach you a bit about my new obsession: ruler foot quilting!

Click Here to find the new Basic Ruler Quilting Kit which comes with my three new rulers: Slice, Mini Slide, and Super Slide made by Grace Company!

I know it might seem confusing how ruler foot quilting and walking foot quilting are different seeing as I mostly quilted in the same direction - pushing the quilt through the front of the machine just like with walking foot quilting.

The main difference is what the machine is doing - with walking foot quilting the machine's feed dogs are doing the work for you and pulling the quilt through the machine one stitch at a time.

Unless you take a heavy hand with the quilt and start shoving it through the machine (which can happen when you're impatient and the walking foot is feeling a little slow!), your stitches will be the same size.

Ruler foot quilting, which is a form of free motion quilting doesn't use the machine's feed dogs so you can quilt in all directions, but you'll no longer have the guaranteed consistent stitch length that you get from walking foot quilting.

So it's a bit of a trade off, but ruler foot quilting is faster. You can speed up and so long as you can match the speed of your hands with the speed of the machine, you can move the quilt faster.

The only downside is your stitches may sometimes get bigger / smaller depending on your speed / movement ratio.

Feeling confused? It's hard to understand the differences of these types of machine quilting until you try them! Give Crazy Curves a try this weekend and quilt half your quilt sandwich with walking foot quilting and the other half with rulers or with free motion quilting.

I promise you'll learn a lot and have a new perspective on these different types of machine quilting!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Can I Make a Quilt with a Bed Sheet?

I have a new Great Quilting Debate for you today! Can you make quilts from bed sheets? SHOULD we make quilts from bed sheets?

It seems like this single question is enough to start a riot in certain quilting groups and I decided to weigh in on the issue today with a new episode of the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast.

Click Here to check out the episode.

I also ended up weighing in on fabric purchased from big box stores, and using weird fabrics like silk, jeans, corduroy, and wool in our quilts.

Basically - if my machine doesn't eat it, why can't I use it?

I think there's a bit of snobbery in the quilting world from quilters that can afford $12+ yards of fabric and those that can't. A quilt is a quilt, and no matter what fabric you use, it's probably 300% better than what women were using 100 years ago.

So I'm calling for a stop on judgement and this silly criticism. Who cares what anyone else is using? Make what you want to make and use whatever you want in your quilts!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, July 6, 2018

How to Quilt Crazy Ziggie

I have a fun new quilting tutorial for you today! Come learn how to quilt Crazy Ziggie with both walking foot and ruler foot quilting!

Click Here to find this quilting tutorial.

We're stitching it up a notch with the last few walking foot quilting designs from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting. I'm editing the videos and adding a bit more quilting to show you how to stitch these designs with different types of machine quilting.

I think it's easy to get stuck in a rut and stick with one type of quilting as a default simply because it's what feels easy. You have to push yourself to try different things and different ways to quilt, even if that means less-than-perfect stitches in the beginning.

I hope you'll enjoy this tutorial and sneak peek for a special tutorial coming Monday for this quilted zippered pouch!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! Here's to big bonfires, grilling hotdogs, and making s'mores!

Lately I've been feeling like I don't say this enough - I am proud to be an American. I love my country! I love the state of North Carolina where I've lived my whole life, too.

I love and appreciate the freedom I've had to build a business, raise my kid, and live the life I've always wanted to live. There is so much to feel happy and grateful for just living in the US, and it's easy to take it for granted.

If you've been feeling the same way, please take a break from social media and get outside. Enjoy your own backyard or visit a state or national park, and see for yourself what a vast, beautiful, amazing country we live in!

Let's go quilt (after one more s'more!)

Leah Day

Monday, July 2, 2018

Finishing Up the Eternal Love Goddess Quilt

I can't believe it's July! Last month flew past along with the Eternal Love Quilt Along. Today I've shared the last tutorial on free motion quilting three designs: Basic Spiral, Swirling Feathers, and Hot Hot Spiral.

Yep, this was a tutorial of three spiraling designs! Click Here to find the video.

I really enjoyed sharing this quilt along and teaching you all the steps to creating a beautiful goddess quilt to celebrate love, motherhood, and our wonderful children.

We do have a handful of Eternal Love Quilt Kits still available if you'd like to make one this month. The fabric colors are slightly different from what I used above, but it will still create a beautiful quilt!

Now that this mini quilt along is done, I'm sure you're wondering about what's next...

I have a really exciting quilt along planned to begin in August with Sheri Cilfaldi Morrill. We've teamed up to create a fun fall-themed quilt and we're going to piece and quilt it together in time for you to use it in this fall too!

We're getting back to traditional quilt piecing and we'll be stitching it up a notch with lots of beautiful quilting designs and techniques!

Be looking forward to a lot more sneak peeks and details about this new project over the next few weeks and we will have fabric kits available for this quilt as well.

I hope you're enjoying quilting along with me and I hope you'll join Sheri and I for this fun new project starting in August!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fun ideas for June's Quilty Box

I know, I'm really running late on Quilty Box for June - seeing as it's JULY! But here it is, a good unboxing and three beautiful quilt patterns to possibly make with the fabrics included in last month's box:

Affiliate: Click Here to learn more about Quilty Box!

I shared three free quilt patterns in this video that will use the fat quarters included to create a really beautiful quilt. Click Here to find all my free quilt patterns.

Personally I think the Disappearing 9 Patch quilt will be the best choice for the floral fat quarters included in June's box. This is a super easy quilt pattern and it always forms a terrific mosaic of different colors thanks to the piecing, slicing, and piecing method.

Click Here to find the Disappearing 9 Patch Pattern.

So that's Quilty Box for June... I wonder what will be coming in July's box?

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, June 29, 2018

How to Machine Quilt River Path

I have a super pretty quilting design for you today! Nope, this isn't curving lines again, this is River Path!

Click Here to find this quilting tutorial.

This is one of my favorite designs to quilt in the border of my quilts. Start with a deeply curving line to set the foundation, then travel stitch and echo to fill in the remaining space. The entire texture of the design depends on that foundation so it makes sense to plan it out and even mark it on your quilt if you want.

You can also find the original free motion quilting video for this design as well just in case you're wanting to stitch it up a notch and try both types of quilting this weekend!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Treadle Play, Podcast #63

Hello My Quilting Friends! I have to apologize for being lax with my blogging this month. I've been super busy working on two quilt alongs, editing Mally the Maker, and keeping up with all the normal stuff coming and going with the business.

While I haven't been able to stay in touch as much as I'd like here on the blog, I have been keeping up with the podcast. Click Here to find the latest episode.

This is a fairly short podcast this week as I wasn't feeling very good. Either something really wicked is blooming outside or I've caught a summer cold!

So I kept it simple and shared a little update on my treadle sewing machines and my attempt to get my Singer 27 running smoothly. I still haven't gotten the treadling timing down to keep the machine running in a forward direction. Work in progresses all around!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, June 25, 2018

Quilting Eternal Love Step 1

We're almost finished with the Eternal Love Quilt! This week we're free motion quilting the goddess' face and her massive head of hair with many beautiful designs.

Click Here to find this quilting tutorial.

I quilted simple echoes, MicroStippling, Echo Feathers, and Swirling Water to her hair and skin tone fabrics. I love how these textures make the quilt come alive with movement and flow.

I also like quilting densely on a wall hanging this small. Eternal Love is only 20 x 25 inches so even though my quilting designs are really tiny, it's not going to take a million years to finish it.

I can't wait to see how you quilt these designs in your Eternal Love Quilt. Click Here to find all the Quilt Along posts if you're just getting started.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, June 24, 2018

How to Quilt Wobbly Cosmos

What happened after the Big Bang? The universe got a bit wobbly! LOL! Come learn how to quilt this fun design with me today using walking foot quilting.

Click here to find this quilting tutorial.

I've just had a wonderfully busy day writing, working on my treadle sewing machine, and playing Monopoly with James and Josh. After being a total wimp at the game of property development my whole life, I've finally found my edge.

I've cleaned the guys out on our last three games! My favorite properties are the red and yellow on the line before you hit Go to Jail. What are yours?

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, June 23, 2018

You know you're a quilter if...

Does this sound like you?

LOL! I was arranging pieces and playing with scraps in the studio, then walked outside to the Crafty Cottage and this quarter square triangle fell off my shirt as I sat down. 

Hey! Where did you come from!?

I wonder how long it would have clung to my shirt and... where was it stuck exactly??? LOL!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chatting about Fear? Podcast #62

Yep, fear is the topic of the podcast today. Have I mentioned that sharing my goddess quilt stories is scary, scary, SCARY?

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

I decided the next quilt to share should be Torrent of Fear, a goddess quilt I created in 2012 after spending a year stuck in place by ultimately very silly fears.

Yes, this is a dark quilt about a negative emotion, but the funny thing is when I look at this quilt, it actually makes me feel good. I feel good and happy because I know I'm not THERE - stuck in that fearful state, unable to move or make decisions, unable to let my light shine.

Have you been feeling afraid of something lately? Do you want to make a different type of quilt or try a new craft or technique? Do you wish you could say something out loud that you've been meaning to say for a long time?

It's time to stop waiting.

Waiting to do the things you want to do, to live the life you wish you could live is a recipe for disaster. Because you may wake up one day and suddenly realize you've waited to long. Times up.

We don't know how much time we have on this Earth. It may be 5 days or 5 months or 50 years.

So the only way to get an insurance policy for your life, the only way to guarantee you've done the things you're meant to do, or that you feel pushed to accomplish is to do it right now!

Sharing my goddess quilt stories is something I've wanted to do for years. I've put it off and put it off and this year I got several wake up calls that I have to stop waiting. I'm facing the fear and making this happen because ultimately the mark I want to leave on the quilting world is not how to quilt hundreds of designs or piece pretty patchwork quilt blocks.

That's certainly something I'm proud of and I enjoy doing, don't get me wrong. But what I'd really like to do is encourage you to make quilts that mean MORE, that change your life for the better, than rock your world, literally and figuratively.

So I hope you find this episode helpful and interesting. Please share it with your friends and think about the ways fear has been holding you back with your quilting journey.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, June 18, 2018

No Raw Edges Please!

I've run many polls about applique over the years and I don't think I'm the only quilter that finds raw edge applique a little... unpleasant.

If I cut out a shape or a lock of hair, I usually want it to stay that shape! I've also found raw edge to always cause problems in the quilting. Do you stitch along the edge or inside the edge? How do you secure the edge and stop it from fraying irregularly if you don't quilt along it in an even way?

All these questions are easily dealt with if you just finish the edges with a blanket stitch or zigzag stitch.

So that's the quilting tutorial I've shared today! Click Here to learn how to finish those edges.

I mixed things up for my Eternal Love Quilt and did the edge finishing and quilting at the same time. Yes, this means that the decorative stitching will show on the back of the quilt.

Does this also make your skin break out in hives? What if I told you it seriously speeds up the quilting process? Willing to give it a try now?

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Very Fashionable Evening

About a week ago I learned the authors of The Tunic Bible, Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr were going to be in Charlotte sharing their "Hand Curated Wardrobe." Count me in!

Remember - I made a tunic along with Amy Johnson in 2016 and really loved this pattern. Click Here to see my finished tunic.

It was a fabulous event and I really enjoyed seeing all their garments from simple skirts to amazing dresses. I knew I would come home feeling inspired to sew and make something new to wear.

What surprised me is WHAT I'm wanting to sew and wear - a French jacket.

This is surprising because I'm not much of a fashionista and French jackets have always felt a bit... stuffy to me for lack of a better word.

Then I realized they are quilted. Ooooo... Then I saw the possibilities for decorative trims and embellishments. Ahhh... Then I realized you get to sew a chain in the back because the front is so heavy and for some reason - SOLD! Gotta make one now!

It's not immediately going to the top of my list, but it's definitely a project on the list to sew as soon as I have time.

Overall it was a terrific evening and I highly recommend attending a workshop or lecture with Sarah Gunn or Julie Starr if you're interested in learning more about sewing your own clothing.

Let's go quilt (or sew!)

Leah Day

Friday, June 15, 2018

How to Quilt Matrix Maze

It's Walking Foot Friday! I have a fun design for you to quilt today or over the weekend that's perfect for walking foot quilting or free motion quilting, whichever one you like best.

Click Here to find this quilting tutorial.

I've shared both the new quilting tutorial with walking foot quilting AND the original free motion quilting tutorial from the very early days of the Free Motion Quilting Project.

I look back on those early videos and cringe a bit, but at the same time I also have to smile because that was how I got started. It's good to smile at your start because everything grew from there.

I'm taking off tonight to go to a fun sewing event. I'm hoping to see many beautiful inspiring garments and hopefully learn how to dress more stylishly. That's never been my strong suit and there's always room for improvement!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Back from Vacation Podcast #61

James and I popped off to Charleston this past weekend for a short trip to visit family and hang out together. In this week's podcast I share about the trip and my major obsession: freeform crochet!

Click Here to find the show notes and podcast video.

I think I'm mostly loving freeform crochet because it's the perfect project to work on while I'm editing Mally the Maker. I've spread out over my couch with yarn, crochet hooks, and the printed book galley and as I crochet, I'm listening to the book being read to be via Natural Reader.

That's an app that will read anything to you in a fairly robotic voice, but it's still good enough for me to be able to get lost in the story. It's amazing how easy is to miss small words in sentences, especially when editing the book and by listening to it, I'm hopefully catching most of them.

Did you catch that missing word? Our brains are magnificent at filling in gaps like that so listening really is the best way to edit in my opinion.

So that's the podcast for this week! Next week I'm going to share another goddess quilt story about Torrent of Fear. I feel like this is the perfect quilt to talk about next because sharing like this is scary and I have to push myself to be so open and share from my heart.

I hope you're looking forward to that and YES! There will be new quilting design videos coming Friday! I missed my design last week while on vacation so we'll definitely have a new one this week.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Learning How to Watercolor

It’s never too late to learn a new skill! This summer I decided to learn how to paint with watercolors. Turns out, there’s quite a lot to it and it’s definitely not a fast skill to master.

Watercolor paints are random and weird and I can honestly say I don’t know what I’m doing. But I’m having fun!

The thing I like best is the unpredictable nature of this paint. I use too much water intentionally so I get really weird results. I’m aiming for nice color washes with great light / dark effects for each color. It’s definitely a work in progress!

What I love most about learning something new is the flow of trial and error. I paint something and it dries and I have to decide if I like it or not and if I want to throw more paint at it or leave it be.

I’ve ruined a few tests, but that’s kind of the point – they are tests! The more I paint, the more I know how to handle the paint and what to do with it and how much water to add and so on.

This same set of lessons also apply to quilting. Every quilt is a test. Every quilt is an experiment. Make something, finish it and decide if you like it or not. If you decide it’s awful, throw more fabric, thread, yarn or glitter at it (glitter makes everything better) and see if you like it better. You hate it more? Sorry, try again!

The point is to learn by doing.

Do more stuff. Make more messes. Don't get attached to the results.

I'm off to make more messes with watercolors! What will you make a mess with today?

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, June 11, 2018

How to Make an Applique Quilt

Our second post for the Eternal Love Quilt Along is up and ready for you! This week we're taking all the pieces we traced and cut out and layering them together to create the finished quilt top.

Click Here to find this new quilting tutorial.

This feels a lot like putting together the pieces of a big puzzle. I made a few mistakes with my quilt and had a near catastrophe at the end when I flipped it over to fuse onto the background fabric and the entire thing started to fall apart.

It ended up being a bit of a "do what I say, not what I do" situation and I think the main reason I had some struggles is I was being too rough with the applique and flipping it over too much.

So make sure to watch the entire video to get all the tips you need for creating the Eternal Love quilt and connecting all the pieces together!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Amazing Trip to the Beach

James and I just got back from a mini vacation to Charleston, SC. This is our second trip with just the two of us and we had such a great time!

It was so nice to get away, visit family, and hit the beach. I can definitely say my Whole 30 diet / lifestyle has paid off big! This was the first time I've ever gone to the beach and not felt self conscious. I felt pretty, healthy, and happy!

James and I left super early this morning so we could get back home, get the house back in order, and get back on track for the coming week. I love traveling in the morning because I'm wide awake and the whole rest of the day feels like a bonus.

I know I've been a bit lax this month already with blog posts, but more are on the way! I have lots of fun things planned and many goodies in store for you this summer!

I've definitely come home relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to work! I love my work and I love being home so it always feels great to return fired up like this. I'm most excited about digging into the last round of edits to Mally the Maker and beginning the formatting and cover design for that book.

More on that later and lots of pretty things to come!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Quilting Gratitude in Your Life and Quilts

Hello my quilting friends! Today I've shared a new podcast episode with my first quilt story all about quilting with gratitude and how I constructed the quilt My Cup Runneth Over. Click Here to find the episode.

Why this new style of podcast? I've wanted to share my goddess quilts in more ways for years. I've wanted to write a book on these quilts for years. I've wanted to rebuild their pages on my website...FOR YEARS!

I finally realized that this was never, ever going to happen if I didn't MAKE it happen by incorporating it into something I was already doing. Each week I write a nice post, pull together some photos, shoot usually one or two videos and get the whole thing done in two or three days. That's what every podcast episode takes.

So it just seemed like the perfect fit to combine a podcast episode with a quilt story. In these podcast, I'll talk about the quilt and remember how it was made (including the bumps in the road) and share life lessons I learned from these quilts along the way.

I also get the nice kick in my pants to pull out the quilt and shoot new photos and write a new page about it too. All around, this is win, win, win and it's helping me accomplish a very big project one week / one podcast episode at a time.

I should also admit straight up that these episodes are a lot more personal and that's scary. It's scary to be vulnerable. It's scary to be honest.

But I wouldn't want to be anything else. I've wanted to share my goddess quilts more openly for years and this is a way to do it. My eventual plan is to put them all in a book and share even more and this is also the first step to making that happen.

So I hope you enjoy this podcast episode! I'm so very thankful you're here and reading / watching / listening and so happy to be sharing my life with you!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Always a good time for a rainbow star

I think it was 2 years ago that I first shared this Twin Rainbow Star quilt pattern. I had an interesting set of fat eighths and wanted to use them all up at once, but no matter how I fiddled with the half square triangles, I always ended up with a lot left over.

Then I realized the solution - make two quilts!

This Twin Rainbow Star quilt makes 2 - 36 inch square baby quilts. These are perfect for charity quilts as they piece and quilt up super quickly. 

I love seeing quilts I've designed used for charity and I know it makes such a difference for people in need.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, June 4, 2018

Let's Make a Goddess Quilt Together!

It's Quilt Along time! I'm thrilled to be sharing a new goddess quilt with you this summer and I can't wait to see all the beautiful quilts we create together. Today I've shared the first post on Fusible Applique Basics to help get you started.

Click Here to find the video and quilting tutorial.

I admit, fusible applique isn't my favorite, but it is very fast! I challenged myself to create a second Eternal Love quilt using the fabrics in May's Quilty Box and managed to cut and fuse it together in just 1 day.

So while it may seem like there's a lot of steps to tracing, cutting, and fusing the fusible web, it's a lot faster than turning edges and stitching by hand!

Just in case this is the first post you've run across about this Quilt Along, please know that you can begin at any time and work at your own pace. All you need to get started is a copy of the Eternal Love Quilt Pattern available here.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, June 2, 2018

2 Days to New Quilt Along!

We have a new Quilt Along starting in just 2 days! The Eternal Love Quilt Along is going to be a blast - just 5 weeks with new posts being shared every Monday to guide you through creating this beautiful quilt:

Click Here to find the Eternal Love Quilt Pattern

How do you sign up for the Quilt Along?

We like to keep things very simple so there's no official sign up or forms to fill out. Just pick up a pattern and swing by every Monday to find the new videos posted each week.

I'll make sure to link everything up in one place. Click Here to find the official page which you can bookmark so it's easy to find each week.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, June 1, 2018

Let's Quilt Super Spiral!

I have a new quilting tutorial for you today and this is a terrific mash up of walking foot quilting and longarm quilting.

Seriously, I quilt this design first with my walking foot, then switch over to the Grace Qnique to quilt it on my frame!

Click Here to find this tutorial at

Did you know that I'm a dealer for Grace Company now? Click Here to learn more about the Grace Qnique.

What is the best method to quilt your quilt? The way that works best for you!

I hope you can see from this quilting tutorial that there are upsides and downsides to every form of quilting. No machine, frame, or foot is 100% perfect and you just have to make the best of it to quilt your quilts.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Thursday, May 31, 2018

End of an Era

Maybe it's a bit of an exaggeration to call this an Era, but it does feel pretty momentous! My little boy graduated from lower school today and is headed off to middle school next year to begin 5th grade.

At James's school the younger kids aren't allowed to wear sandals until 5th grade so for the graduation, they give the kids flip flops to celebrate their new freedom of footwear.

I thought I might get a bit sad today, but instead everything about the graduation and move to middle school made me happy. My little boy is growing up!

It's only going to be 8 more short years and we will be watching him graduate from high school. This makes me even more focused on enjoying the time we have together.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quilt Design with the Quiltrovert

Quiltrovert! I love the name Niki Gordham-Harrison goes by on Instagram. Today she's on the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast and we're talking about how she became a quilter just 8 months ago and is already designing her own quilts and writing patterns.

Click Here to find this new podcast episode.

It's really interesting to see how different quilters get into this wonderful craft. Some quilters instantly begin designing and playing with shapes, while others prefer to follow patterns and not have to worry about the math coming out right.

The thing I love most about our wonderful craft is how amazing it is that so many creative people can be supported by this hobby. From sewing machine dealers to quilt pattern designers, there is enough room for everyone.

I honestly think that the huge size and stability of the quilting industry has a lot to do with how it developed naturally from women sharing ideas from one to another.

Other crafts that I've studied, like glass beadmaking, were once shrouded in mystery and kept secret by powerful guilds that would kill you if you shared information too freely. I think these crafts have suffered from a lack of new ideas and innovation because of their closely guarded secrets.

And you doubt this makes an impact, how many towns in America have glass guilds? How many towns have quilt guilds?

You can bet on just about every sizeable town in America at least having a local quilt bee that gets together on a regular basis to stitch together. That is the power of sharing with an open heart!

I hope you enjoy this interview with Nika. Half of the interview she shared her journey, then I turned the questions over to her so she could ask me about writing patterns and how I approach making a living with quilting.

Click Here to find the episode.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May Quilty Box Challenge

It's Quilty Box time! This month's box arrived and I decided it was time for a challenge, or technically a series of challenges. See what I mean in this new video:

Click Here to find the Eternal Love Quilt Pattern

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I honestly had no idea going into making this quilt what it would look like or if it would even work. I've never made a goddess quilt using printed fabrics and I was worried the similar colors would blend together too much and make a mess.

But it turned out gorgeous!

Sometimes you just have to let go of the fear of wasting your time and try something new. Yes, some of the fabrics did blend together a bit in the hair section, but it honestly doesn't matter. The overall look of the quilt is awesome!

I'm so glad I took on this challenge and then kept the experiment going by trying out different decorative stitches in the hair. I didn't have time to pursue that for very long, but it did give me lots of ideas for future projects that would incorporate decorative stitching as a design element. I finished off the remaining edges with a simple zigzag stitch so I could move quickly to the quilting.

And that's where the third challenge came in - longarm quilting!

I've never quilted a goddess quilt or any sort of wall hanging for that matter on the longarm frame. No, this did not turn out perfect and there were a few times I really wanted to rip out stitches (and my hair) because I just wasn't in control and things did start to look ugly at times.

But I had to keep going because I had to shoot this video and the quilt couldn't stay on the frame forever. It's really nice to have deadlines like this that force you to MOVE!

So I finished it in a day, perfectly imperfect in every way. This quilt ended up taking only 4 days of work from start to finish: cutting and fusing the appliques, blanket stitching, and two days to quilt.

If you had told me before this month that I could make Eternal Love that quickly, I would have laughed at you. It just goes to show you can do a lot more than you think, and if you let go of perfection, you can probably do even more!

Would you like to make this pretty goddess quilt with me?

Starting June 4th, we're going to start the Eternal Love Quilt Along! In just 5 weeks we will construct this quilt, finish the edges, and quilt it together. Click Here to find the Eternal Love quilt pattern to join in the fun!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, May 28, 2018

Look at that Hat!

Two weeks ago I shot a podcast introduction wearing my pretty rose flower hat I made for a Kentucky Derby party and I asked if you'd like to learn how to make one too.

The response was overwhelming! Everyone wants to wear pretty hats so I picked a new batch of flowers and a new hat and set to work. Learn how to make your own cheerful sunflower hat in this tutorial:

Would you like to see the other hats and Flower Girl costume I've made? Click Here to find the full tutorial at

I've been pleasantly surprised by how happy wearing a hat makes me feel. Before I'd leave the house with my hair messy and just pulled up in a gross bun and I wouldn't feel like smiling or interacting with anyone.

But now I can cover up my messy hair with a pretty hat and it makes me feel put together and decorated. When I wear a hat, my goals are different. I want to share smiles and make the world a prettier, happier place.

I hope you'll join in the fun and make a funky flowered hat too!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bright Beautiful Weekend

I hope you're having a bright and sunny weekend!

We took a quick trip to Asheville, NC over the weekend to enjoy great food and relax. I don't know about you, but May always feels crazy busy right until the very end.

All I can say is I'm ready for May to be over, school to be out, and the summer to begin!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Quilt Windy Feathers

I'm taking a break from walking foot quilting this week to bring you a new free motion quilting tutorial! Learn how to quilt Windy Feathers with me in this new quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the full tutorial and extra video on Windy Feathers!

James is chomping at the bit to get out of the house and off on a short trip. I'm looking forward to a bit of time away so I can come home refreshed and ready to hit the ground running with the Eternal Love Quilt Along in June.

I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What Can You Do in 1 Hour?

Hello my quilting friend! I have a new podcast for you this week with a big update on what's going on around the house. Many huge projects are finally getting finished, or moving steadily in that direction and I'm feeling great about my progress on Mally the Maker, my quilt fiction novel.

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

The main theme of this podcast was about how to reach your goals in tiny increments, every single day. In the past 8 months I've written a full length (90,000 word) fiction novel, designed rulers with Grace Company, worked with C&T Publishing to create a calendar, posted three videos or more per week, and hosted multiple quilt alongs.

You might be wondering if I ever sleep. I certainly used to get that question a lot when I taught quilting in person.

Yes, of course I sleep. I LOVE sleep! If I didn't sleep well every single night, I wouldn't be able to do anything the next day or probably the next week.

How I get so much done is simple - I work on it all a little bit every day. 1 hour of time every day adds up. So long as you put that effort in every single day, it will pay off eventually.

Even if you don't want to run a business or write a book, I hope you will apply this to your quilts. If you have a growing stack of quilt tops, but no finished quilts, it's time to check in on that. What do you want to finish? What MUST you finish?

Pull out that quilt and work on it 1 hour per day. You'll be surprised by how quickly you finish it!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Playtime on My New Machine

I'm still getting to know my new sewing machine and the best way to get acquainted is to play! I decided it was time to update my walls with new hoop quilts for the spring so I pulled out some cheerful purple fabric, picked a handful of designs, and began quilting.

Join in this free motion quilting playtime with me:

Click Here to learn more about the Eversewn Sparrow 20, the machine I'm quilting on in this video.

No, I'm not using a stitch regulator. This is just my hands moving the quilt and my foot pressing on the foot pedal. It does take time and practice to get the hang of balancing your hand movement with the speed of your machine running.

I'm still getting the hang of quilting on this new machine so I made several big stitches while quilting this little hoop quilt. The best thing to do is throw more thread at it! Cover up those mistakes and keep on quilting.

Read more about this free motion quilting adventure right here.

Have you given yourself permission to play lately? Play is fun, it's light and carefree and best of all, there's no right or wrong, good or bad. Do kids on a playground stop playing and begin criticizing the way they swing or slide? Nope.

Focus on the fun, and if you make a mistake just throw a little thread at it or stick something else on top!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, May 21, 2018

Something Pretty This Way Comes

Just a quick, pretty image to start the day off right!

Try saying that to someone today. I promise, you will make them feel like a million bucks!

Even better yet, go quilt it. Quilting beautiful words is such a powerful practice. And here's a link to see this entire quilt.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, May 20, 2018

First Round of Editing DONE!

I'm sorry I've been missing the last two days. I dove head first into Mally the Maker on Friday and decided it was time to finish the first round of editing and I'm so happy to say it's DONE!

Seriously I've been doing lots and lots of fist pumps since 3 pm today because that was a LONG process. I finished writing the first draft of the book back in March and Josh took a week to edit the text.

And then I've been stuck in it ever since. Yes, I do use the word stuck because it was like wading through the Swamp of No Fun.

I really love writing and towards the end of writing this book, I really felt myself speed up and get into a groove. Editing is much slower, very detailed, and I like to do it downstairs on my big computer screen which is on a regular desk so I can't stand or walk and work on it.

Side note: I've build a makeshift standing treadmill desk upstairs which only supports a small laptop. I like working on it, but a bigger screen really makes a big difference. I was missing a lot of typos and duplicate words because my screen was so tiny. Yes, I can walk and write at the same time - very, very slowly!

So I've been in editing mode since March and I fixed a lot of mistakes. I added two new spaces to the map, sorted out a lot of inconsistencies, and strengthened a lot of spots that were a bit weak.

I did get stuck twice - both times because I re-wrote a significant section of the text that then spiraled into more changes further in the book. I sorted it out, dug myself out of the hole and swore to myself, Josh, and every scrap of fabric I have left in the house that I will not do that again!

So what is next for Mally the Maker? More editing!

Josh is already reading through the book a second time and making more corrections. I'll add those in, then do two more rounds of editing by listening to the book while I quilt. That's the way I read most fiction novels - as audiobooks - so that's the best way for me to edit. I can keep my ears on the book and my eyes on my quilt and catch minor changes in word choice and things like that as I listen.

Now all this might sound like the book is terrible. I promise you this is just a polishing process. It's the step of going from a drawn quilt pattern on paper to working out the math and size to be most efficient. This is the process of fixing typos, duplicate words, and all my misplaced commas and apostrophes that could potentially pull you out of the book.

The story itself is rock solid. I honestly think this is the second best thing I've ever made (James will always be the best).

Multiple parts make me cry every time I read them. Despite the fact that I plotted the book before starting, it twisted and turned in ways I didn't expect. I heard on a recent writing podcast - No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader - and I absolutely agree.

This process has been surprising, fun, challenging, and amazing all rolled into one.

And it's only just beginning! Josh has the galley now and is already reading through it. I'm still going to wake up an hour early every morning and begin working on the artwork, quilt patterns, and doll patterns for the characters in the book.

This has been the part I've been most looking forward to for months and I can't wait to start making images, designs, and quilts to go along with the book. Yay! We're one step closer to making Mally the Maker a reality!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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, 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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