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!
How to Quilt Crazy Curves with Walking Foot and Ruler Foot Quilting - YouTube
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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:
What to do with Quilty Box - Unboxing Beautiful Fabrics June 2018 - YouTube
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.
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
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.
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
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