The Free Motion Quilting Project

Monday, August 29, 2016

How to Make Bell-Bottoms!

My Quilty Box for August arrived a few weeks ago and included a beautiful collection of denim fabric. I decided it was time to create a tutorial for bell-bottom pants or flare pants that I used to make all the time when I was a kid. Enjoy this new video!

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Bell-bottoms sewing tutorial video by Leah Day
The jean material came in a beautiful array of fall colors. I choose to add the flares to my pants using the purple fabric, and I'm tempted to add machine embroidered flowers with the green!

I've shared a lot more details and tips for sewing bell-bottoms right here at

I began making bell-bottoms back in 7th grade because my jeans didn't fit well. They were too short in the leg and pulled up when I sat down. When I began changing my pants and altering them to fit better and showcase my personality, it was the first time sewing really made a difference in how I felt about myself.

Whether you made bell-bottoms back in the 1970s or the 90s like I did, I think the style is coming back around for another go. While I probably won't sew bells into all my pants, having a few special, modified jeans will be a fun way to spice up my fashion and dress up for the fall.

Do you have any other ideas for using the jean fabric in this month's Quilty Box? Have you ever modified jeans to make them fit and express you better?

Share your experience in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beautiful Progress in Our Mystery Quilt Along

I just have one photo for you today, and it's simply gorgeous!

This Pam K.'s Sunrise Surprise quilt in progress, with all blocks shared in the Quilt Along so far:

I believe Pam is making two different quilts and she's folded the blocks over so you can see both colorways. I love her color choice and contrast in the double sets of each block.

If you haven't joined in the fun yet, you can always get started in our Machine Quilting Block Party at any time. And you can also join our facebook group and share your progress and make friends with quilters all over the world!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Goddess Quilt in Progress

Yes, I've started a new goddess art quilt over the weekend and I'm loving the design and construction process!

Click Here to watch a video and read about the design process.

I love starting new goddess quilts, and I always love the design process, but it's easy for me to get stuck when trying to finish these quilts. Dream Goddess is still on my sewing table with only a tiny bit of sky left to quilt and...I'm not really sure why I haven't finished it yet!

Maybe by bringing in the energy of beginning a new goddess quilt, I'll be able to finish the old one. At least that's what I'm hoping!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy Machine Quilting Design #8

It's our last day of our Mini Quilt Along and we're going to learn one more beautiful machine quilting design to quilt in our Twin Rainbow Star Quilt.

Just getting started? You can download the free quilt pattern right here.

Today's design is Modern Weave, a fun triangle based design that sort of looks like diamonds stacked together. I thought it was the perfect choice for the pink diamonds in the quilt. Let's learn how to quilt it together:

This design has lots of straight lines and sharp angles, which is a fun contrast to the curvy quilting designs we've learned before. I love how the straight lines and sharp angles stand out on the quilt and because this design only has minimal travel stitching, it should be very easy for you to quilt!

So that is it for our mini quilt along! I hope you've enjoyed seeing new quilting videos every day and learning how to quilt the Twin Rainbow Star quilt.

Click here to find the quilt pattern.

Have you enjoyed seeing a new video every day? Did you follow along or was it hard to keep up? Would you like us to do this again this year?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Easy Machine Quilting Design #7

We're in the home stretch of our Anniversary Mini Quilt Along and today I'm quilting the purple diamonds in the Twin Rainbow Stars quilt with a beautiful design called Chain of Pearls!

Quilting circles can be tricky, but I always find it easier when I'm quilting the circles between lines. Something about the lines makes it easier to estimate and visualize the circle's shape, making it easier to quilt them free hand.

Learn how to machine quilt an easy quilting design in real quilt with Leah Day!

I absolutely love Chain of Pearls because it's so simple - just curvy lines and circles - but the texture is always a knock out! What do you think of this machine quilting design?

Yes, you still have plenty of time to join in this fun mini-quilt-along! We've posted the free quilt pattern right here. 

You can piece the quilt and follow along with each video guiding you through walking foot quilting, then free motion quilting each space with a different design. Check it out and be sure to share this project with your quilting friends!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Easy Machine Quilting Design #6

Whew! It's been a long time since I published new machine quilting videos daily and it is definitely a work out! Just in case you haven't been following along - we are stitching out a new design every day this week in the Twin Rainbow Star quilt. Click Here to find the free quilt pattern so you can follow along.

Today I'm machine quilting the blue diamonds of the quilt with an easy swirling design called Poseidon's Eye:

I love how quick this design is to quilt and how beautiful it looks on the surface. I machine quilted the swirls and circles to be very large so the design finished nice and soft.

Learn how to machine quilt an easy quilting design in real quilt with Leah Day!

Yesterday I received a great question about thread color. Robyn asked:
I have problems with is when the thread matches so well to the fabric, it's like driving blind. I can't see where I've been and where I haven't. How do I solve that?
The easiest way to solve this is to contrast your thread color with the fabric color. As you can see in my video, I'm quilting my Twin Rainbow Star quilt in white Isacord thread so it stands out on the quilt surface and I can see where I've quilted and where I'm going next.

It can be a bit scary to contrast your thread color because your mistakes will show. However, I believe the best way to improve your quilting is to be able to see where you're going! Try contrasting with a thread that is lighter than your fabric color so you can see it as you quilt on the surface and you will not only see your designs better, your quilting ability will also improve.

It's never too late to join in this fun project and piece your Twin Rainbow Star quilt! Click Here to find the free quilt pattern.

If you enjoyed this new quilting tutorial please share it with your friends and of course ask any questions you have in the comments below.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Friday, August 19, 2016

Easy Machine Quilting Design #5

We're more than halfway done machine quilting our Twin Rainbow Star quilt with eight beautiful designs! Click Here to find the free quilt pattern and all the videos shared so far.

Today I'm machine quilting the darker green diamonds with flowing feather leaves, a beautiful design that fits traditional feather shapes into leaf shapes. It's kinda hard to describe, so make sure to watch the video to learn how it works:

This free motion quilting design will be slower and a bit more challenging to quilt because of all the travel stitching involved with quilting the feather shapes and echoing the leaf shapes. Take it slow and remember it's not a race and your darker green diamonds will be quilted before you know it!

Learn how to machine quilt an easy quilting design in real quilt with Leah Day!

What do you think of this design? Do you like quilting feathers or is that a tricky design for you to master? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day
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