Friday, April 24, 2015

Super Spring Sale!

super spring sale

We're celebrating the return of warm, sunny weather with a big sale! Save 35% on all Books, DVDs, and Quilt Patterns this week only. Click Here to shop now!
This is a great time to jump into quilting with both feet! If you've just started quilting and want to learn the basics the downloadable book How to Piece Perfect Quilts will help you learn the basics of preparing your fabric, cutting accurately, and piecing each block precisely with perfectly matching seams.

This downloadable book also comes with extra how-to videos to guide you through every step of the piecing process. If you've been struggling to piece precisely, this book will help you troubleshoot and figure out why your seams aren't matching up and how to improve your quilting ability with every block and quilt you create. Click Here to learn more now!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

A New Studio Just for Making Videos

About a month ago, I decided enough was enough. It seems like every time I turn on my cameras and hit "record" someone has to go stomping upstairs, or walk over head, or turn on music, or start printing orders!

Yes, this makes Leah very angry! Lol! My camera takes pictures along with video and captured this angry shot when I'd just about had it with interruptions. As you can see, I do have a temper, and it isn't very pretty when it's unleashed.

This has been an issue since I started making videos in 2009, but lately it just seems impossible to find a time to film without interruption or distraction. Dad is busy prepping many quilts in the room to the right of my filming room, and Josh is printing and packing orders to the left.

I've tried working around everyone and they've tried working around me. I've tried waking up super early and filming at 7 am. I've tried building a sound proof door. None of it works and we're all really done with the situation.

My solution? Build a new studio specifically for making videos. This new space needs to be out of the house and away from all the racket, but close enough that I don't waste much of my day driving over to it.

I also need CONTROL. I debated renting a studio apartment nearby, but what if my new neighbors turn on their vacuum cleaner? Or they have loud children? I would have even less control over another space than I do at home.

sewing studio unfinished shed | barn sewing roomAfter a lot of debate, I decided to set up a prebuilt barn from Old Hickory Buildings, wire it, insulate it, and turn it into a dedicated filming space in my back yard. Now when I want to make a new video series or DVD, it will be an easy process of walking into the woods to my little cottage, turning on the lights and cameras, sitting down and getting to work.

Setting up this new space will be time consuming and we're right now in the middle of preparing a very big, very exciting secret project. I plan to work on this new project on and off for the next two months and will hopefully have it ready to use by June!

Yay! No more angry Leah and hopefully more fun videos to come very soon!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dancing Butterfly Design #18 - Triangle Mosaic

Back to butterfly time! We only have five designs left to learn for this fun project and today's design is one of the easiest in the set:

triangle mosaic | free motion quilting
This is Triangle Mosaic, a free motion design created entirely by breaking down your quilting space with straight lines into triangles. It's super easy, requires only minimal travel stitching, and creates a super cool effect for your quilts!

Let's learn how to quilt it in this video from the Dancing Butterfly Quilt Pattern:

I love Triangle Mosaic because it's so easy, yet creates such a fun texture for your quilts. Check out how neat this free motion design looks when paired with Abstract Leaf in a beautiful butterfly block:

butterfly quilt | free motion quilting
Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, April 20, 2015

What can we do with funky rotary blades?

I've been blogging for Craftsy every Sunday with a new Leah Day's Quilting Study series! Yesterday I shared a post all about using funky rotary blades like these:

Click Here to check out the post and share your ideas for using these cool blades for creative projects!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, April 17, 2015

Slow and Steady Turtle Journal Quilt

I've just completed another quilted journal page! This little guy should help me remember the point of quilting isn't to rush to the end of the project, but to enjoy every minute of the process:

I've added this little turtle quilt to the journal gallery today so click here to read more about him and learn about quilt painting, hand embroidery, and free motion quilting!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dancing Butterfly Design #17 - Abstract Leaf

Finally life feels back to normal and I'm back to posting new designs for the Dancing Butterfly Quilt Along! Today let's learn how to free motion quilt Abstract Leaf, a pretty design that combines triangles and tear drop shapes for a pretty effect.

free motion quilting design abstract leaf 
I love how this looks on a bigger scale! The straight line, triangles, and tear drop echoes form a nice contrast with one another. For these blocks I quilted with Hobbs Heirloom Wool, which added extra pretty puff between the quilting lines.

Now let's learn how to quilt this design in a video from the Dancing Butterfly Quilt Pattern:

Have you tried quilting Abstract Leaf yet? What was your favorite part of the design and where did you quilt it on your quilt? Share your experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back Home and Happy!

Whew! It was quite a drive back home from New Hampshire to North Carolina. Josh and I split it up by driving 10 hours Sunday and 5 hours this morning. I'm so so so happy to be home!

Yeah, I was looking pretty ratty last night. I think I probably look worse right now. Thankfully I'm not feeling selfie-lishous at the moment. It's been a long day of unpacking, reorganizing, and really quickly getting back on ball with everything left in limbo while we were teaching at MQX East.

One big thing - TAXES. Blah! Thankfully my accountant and bookkeeper have been on top of it and all we have to do is go sign the forms so they can be submitted.

Another giant annoyance has been my credit card. They decided to update it to a new version with a special security feature. That's really wonderful, but the downside is both the expiration and security key needed to be changed for every account this card is used on.

This might not sound like a big deal, but I have many automatic subscriptions to things like Google storage, Vimeo, and my newsletter program all bill me automatically on this card so each account had to be individually changed to the new numbers. Uggh!

feather quilting classYes, I'm complaining because this transition is a bit hectic, but ultimately it's totally worth it. MQX was honestly the best show I've ever attended and the most fun I've ever had teaching! I had three full classes of awesome, creative quilters and met many women who I've only known previously by comments and pretty photos on Facebook.

It's so awesome to meet quilters in person and finally put the name and face together, though sometimes that's hard to do when your profile pic is your dog (talking about you Linda Stevens!)

Winning Teacher of the Year still makes me feel like crying with gratitude. I've been trying hard to put it into words and the simplest way to say it is I never expected my online teaching to be valued this way - essentially equal to, or better than, in-person teaching.

Leah Day and family
I don't teach in person much because my focus is online education and for the longest time I've felt like an outsider. I'm the weird girl who prefers YouTube to Paducah. I'd much rather shoot a video and share what I'm working on than pack up my bags and leave my family for a weekend.

I guess this proves that there is room for all of us - online and in-person teachers. Just like there's plenty of room for hand, machine, and longarm quilters. I'm always reminding my students not to set too small a definition of quilting, but I need an occasional reminder myself!

I'm so happy I went to MQX East and definitely plan to return, and I'm also so happy to be home and cooking dinner with Josh and getting big hugs from James.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day
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