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Quilts from Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day

I truly believe that it's the quilts that make a quilting book! I had such a fun time designing and creating the seven quilts for the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting:

walking foot quilt marvelous mosaic

Marvelous Mosaic Quilt

walking foot quilt hugs and kisses

Hugs and Kisses Quilt

walking foot baby quilt jelly town

Jelly Town
Baby Quilt

walking foot quilt rainbow log cabin

Rainbow Log Cabin Quilt

walking foot baby quilt prism path

Prism Path
Baby Quilt

walking foot quilt infinity knot

Infinity Knot Quilt

wholecloth quilt walking foot

Love the Light
Wholecloth Quilt

wholecloth quilt walking foot

Love the Light
Wholecloth Quilt

Making each of these quilts (some of them two times!) taught me so much about quilting.

It's funny - I went into this project thinking I knew a lot about walking foot quilting, but by the end I realized I really didn't know much at all and each quilt helped me master new skills and grow as a quilter.

Walking foot quilting is an amazing quilting style. For years I judged this form of quilting as "too basic" or "beginner" but when I really gave it a chance, I realized you could do really incredible things with your walking foot and the best part is it felt easy.

The walking foot does most of the work for you, after all, and that makes it much easier to master this form of machine quilting on your home machine.

Walking Foot Quilt Along

After making the quilts and writing the book, I decided I wasn't done with walking foot quilting quite yet. I wanted to make videos and share this form of quilting so quilters could understand how it works and start using it to quilt their own quilts.

how to quilt with walking foot

So in 2018, I hosted the Walking Foot Quilt Along and we've made three quilts together from the book! Learn how to create the Rainbow Log Cabin, Prism Path Baby Quilt, and Marvelous Mosaic Sampler. Click Here to find all the quilting tutorials.

A Slow Quilting Process

The slowest form of quilting by far is hand quilting. Turns out walking foot quilting is only a bit faster! This is the slowest form of machine quilting because you have to continually rotate the quilt so the line you're quilting is facing the foot. The walking foot feeds the quilt forward using the feed dogs on the machine. 

All that shifting and scrunching of the quilt takes time and you also can't really race with a walking foot either. I had to learn how to slow down and take my time while making these quilts because that's just what it takes with this style of quilting.

All around, creating Explore Walking Foot Quilting was a terrific process from writing the book, designing the patterns, and making each one. I hope you'll enjoy exploring this wonderful form of quilting with me as well.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

1 comment

I have a Pfaff quilt expression with the IDT and do cross hatch designs on my quilts( as I just can’t seem to fmq😜, even after stacks of practice) any way.., what’s the trick for even stitches? I go slow , make certain it doesn’t drag …. I never mess with tension as it’s a activ tension on my machine…,.its just inconsistent…… after it’s washed doesn’t really matter but it makes me frustrated😑. Watch your videos and am in awe of such talent and artistry!
Thank you for your time

MaryAnn Brandell,

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