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Gallery of Quilts Created by Leah Day

All Quilts and Creative Crafts by Leah Day

365 Free Motion Designs quilt
365 Designs Quilt
Express Your Love quilt
Express Your Love quilt
Building Blocks quilt
Building Blocks quilt
Leah Day's Butterfly quilt
Dancing Butterfly quilt
Path in the Snow tutorial
Path in the Snow quilt block
Sunshine Surprise quilt
Sunshine Surprise quilt
Dresden Plate tutorial
Dresden Plate blocks
Flower Festival quilt
Flower Festival quilt
Hand piecing tutorial
4 Patch hand piecing tutorial
Leaf Peepers Quilt
Leaf Peepers quilt pattern
Australian Shadows quilt
Australian Shadows quilt pattern
Basket weave quilt
Basket Weave quilt pattern
Batik Beauty quilt
Batik Beauty quilt - Coming soon
How to make your own bell bottoms
Bell bottoms pants tutorial
Bunny doll pattern
Ms. Bunny doll pattern
Bunny doll dress pattern
Bunny doll dress pattern
Chain Beads quilt
Chain of Beads quilt pattern
Chakra wall hanging quilt
Chakra Wall Hanging quilt
Color Wheel quilt
Color Wheel quilt pattern
Disappearing nine patch quilt
Disappearing nine patch quilt pattern
Double Irish chain quilt
Double Irish chain quilt
Double stripe diamond quilt
Double stripe diamond quilt pattern
Dream Goddess quilt
Dream Goddess quilt
Duchess Reigns wholecloth quilt
Duchess Reigns quilt
Duchess wholecloth quilt
Duchess wholecloth quilt
Duchess wholecloth stained quilt
Stained Duchess quilt
Easy weave quilt pattern
Easy Weave quilt pattern
Sun eclipse quilt pattern
Total Eclipse quilt
Emergence Goddess quilt
Emergence Goddess quilt
Express Your Love throw quilt
Express Your Love throw quilt
Eye of calm pregnant Goddess quilt
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Flowers for Ellen Schoenberger Day quilt
Flowers for Ellen quilt
Free Motion quilting filler quilt
Free Motion Fillers quilt
Free motion hoop quilt
Free motion hoop quilt
Fussy cut quilted napkins
Fussy Cut napkin quilted tutorial
Wild flower quilt panel tutorial
Wild flowers with flying geese tutorial
Granny square crochet tutorial
Crochet Granny square tutorial
Heart feather wholecloth quilt
Heart and feather wholecloth quilt
Heart feather wholecloth quilt in red
Heart and feather quilt in red
Hexie echo quilt pattern
Hexie echos quilt pattern
Hokey pokey quilt pattern
Hokey pokey crazy piecing quilt
Hot cast Goddess quilt
Hot Cast Goddess quilt
darning socks tutorial
How to darn your socks tutorial
How do I quilt this video series
How do I quilt this - a video series
Hugs and kisses quilt
Hugs and kisses quilt
infinity knot quilt wall hanging
Infinity Knot wall hanging quilt
jellytown baby quilt
Jellytown baby quilt
kimberly einmo sperm quilt
Kimberly Einmo's sperm quilt
landscape hoop quilt
Landscape hoop quilt
Leah Day's first quilt
Leah Day's very first quilt
Life and fire pregnant goddess quilt
Life and Fire Goddess Quilt
love the light wholecloth quilt
Love the Light Wholecloth quilt
mega star walking foot quilt
Mega Star walking foot quilt
midnight sun dresden plate quilt
Midnight Sun dresden plate quilt
my cup runneth over goddess quilt
My Cup Runneth over Goddess quilt
olaf frozen quilt panel
Olaf Frozen Quilt Panel
airplanes quilt pattern
Paper airplanes quilt pattern
pumpkin quilt
Pumpkin quilted mug rug

quilted jacket free tutorial
Quilted jacket free tutorial
rainbow road quilt tutorial
Rainbow Road quilt tutorial
rainbow drop quilt pattern
Raindrop quilt pattern
Release Your Light Goddess quilt
Release Your Light Goddess quilt
sashing splendor quilt pattern
Sashing Splendor quilt pattern
shadow self goddess quilt
Shadow Self Goddess quilt
sinkhole quilt
Sinkhole quilt

Soft Edges quilt pattern
space aliens robots kids quilt
Kids robot and spaceship quilt
Squares sashing free motion quilt
Squares and Sashing quilt
stack and whack quilt
Stack and Whack four patch quilt tutorial
stitch paint landscape embroidery
Stitch and Paint Landscape embroidery
stitch paint love embroidery
Stitch and Paint Love embroidery
Sunflower hat tutorial
Sunflower hat tutorial
sunflower applique quilt
Sunflower applique quilt
torrent of fear goddess quilt
Torrent of Fear Goddess quilt
looking glass tumbler quilt
Looking Glass tumbler quilt
tumbling blocks free quilt pattern
Tumbling Blocks quilt pattern
twin stars rainbow quilt pattern
Twin rainbow star quilt pattern
walk the line goddess quilt
I Walk the Line Goddess quilt
waterfall bargello quilt wall hanging
Waterfall Bargello quilt
winter wonderland christmas quilt pattern
Winter Wonderland trapunto quilt
wonky christmas tree quilt pattern
Wonky Christmas trees quilt pattern

 Leah's Quilting Story

I started quilting in 2005 because I wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt to celebrate my upcoming wedding.

As you can see from this quilt gallery, I've never managed to make a double wedding ring quilt! Instead, my first quilt was a simple nine patch quilt, as basic could be, but even from that very first project, I designed the blocks, the layout, and used a very experimental technique to connect the blocks together after they were quilted.

I've branched out from that first quilt into many different quilting styles. I love traditional patchwork and quilting because that is what drew me to this craft in the first place. I grew up playing with and sleeping under many traditional hand pieced and hand quilted quilts from my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Because of this influence, I have always loved simple, beautiful pieced traditional quilts.

This tends to be the quilting style I teach the most online through free quilt patterns and our yearly Machine Quilting Block Party. I love sharing my knowledge of traditional quilt piecing becausBuilding Blocks Quilt As You Go Quilte these methods are so integral to understanding fabric preparation and design.

I also teach a lot of Quilt-as-You Go style quilts which are pieced and quilted in separate pieces, then connected together at the end to make a beautiful quilt. This is one of my favorite ways to teach beginners how to machine quilt because the blocks are always smaller and more manageable to quilt on a home sewing machine.

This is important because very early in my quilting journey, I fell in love with free motion machine quilting, but I only had space for small machines. Learning how to break up a quilt into smaller sections definitely makes the process easier. Though I have quilted a king sized quilt on my home machine, it was quite a work out!

When I first started quilting, I found piecing and applique a bit frustrating because I loved machine quilting so much. I finally realized the quilting design could be the star of the show when making wholecloth quilts. 

Wholecloth quilts are wonderfully freeing because you don't have to fuss with turning edges on fiddly applique pieces or piecing complicated shapes. You can create any shape, any design in this quilt style and all you have to do is be able to stitch on your marked lines and fill within the background areas with dense filler designs.

I find wholecloth quilts extremely relaxing and fun to design and create. My favorite step is clipping away the extra layer of batting for trapunto to make the motifs extra puffy. I shared my love for wholecloth quilts by teaching the Heart & Feather Wholecloth workshop so you can learn how to make a quilt like this too.

Express Your Love Goddess QuiltThe Goddess Series

The most important and meaningful quilts I've created are my Goddess Quilt, a series I began in 2007.  Each quilt in the series has represented an idea, issue, or personal journey. These quilts are extremely personal and each one has helped me grow as a woman, become a better wife and mother, and ultimately a better quilt maker.

Why so many different quilt styles?

I prefer not to stick with one particular quilting style or method. I love traditional quilts, wholecloths, art quilts, and have even made a modern quilt or two. I love making quilts, and I love sharing the journey and teaching other quilters how to make quilts too.

I find this craft extremely liberating and a constant source of inspiration. My best advice to any quilter is to never shut your mind to the many possibilities quilting has to offer.

When you start putting rigid rules on your craft - like we must only ever made quilts with only 100% cotton fabric, thread, and batting - this can be extremely limiting on what you can do. Suddenly there is a "right" and "wrong" way to do everything and your world begins to shrink until you can only enjoy a small pocket of this vast, limitless craft.

Keep your world open, and you will find so much more enjoyment and fulfillment from this craft! Keep your mind open to new possibilities, materials, and techniques and I promise you will never get bored, never make the same quilt twice, and always be filled with excitement and anticipation for what you can make next.

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