Leah Day’s blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project was one of the first blogs I began to follow when I found the wonderful community of online quilting back in 2012. Since then, we’ve gotten to know each other better and were able to meet up at spring quilt market earlier this year for some yummy food and great conversation about quilting!
Leah has wealth of knowledge about machine quilting on your home machine which she shares on her blog and through her online store with a vast array of machine quilting videos for you to explore and purchase. I love her “can-do” attitude, along with her spunky tell-it-like-it-is personality. 🙂
Today I want to tell you about one of Leah’s newest video series, Quilting a King on a Home Machine. It’s an in-depth workshop of 20 videos along with a complete pattern for Salsa Verde – a very stunning quilt! Leah’s class walks you step-by-step through the entire process of making a king size quilt.
Leah’s instructions and diagrams are very clear and easy to understand, and her videos are very well done. The pattern portion of the workshop shows you how to assemble the Salsa Verde quilt, and then the video portion takes you through the steps to get it all quilted. Along with the class, you also have access to Leah though her facebook group at Leah Day Quilting – so you can get 24/7 support whenever you need it!
The entire video series runs for approximately 3 hours, and it’s nicely divided into bite size chunks that you can watch at your convenience.
Here’s a listing of the video topics, for Quilting a King on your Home Machine:
- Basting a King Sized Quilt
- Machine and Table Setup
- Walking Foot Basics
- Managing the Quilt Bulk
- Free Motion Quilting Basics
- Practice Free Motion Quilting
- How to Quilt Square Spiral
- How to Quilt Zig-Zag Path
- How to Quilt Polka Dot
- How to Quilt Wobbly Cosmos
- How to Quilt Echo Shell
- Marking the Quilt and Planning the Quilting Path
- Starting in the Center
- Quilting the Inner Spaces
- Marking the Inner Border
- Quilting Lines in the Inner Border
- Quilting Polka Dot Parade in the Inner Border
- Quilting the Pieced Border
- Quilting the Outer Border
As you can see from the list above, Leah really breaks the process down into manageable steps. You know what they say – how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We can now change that to, how do you quilt a large quilt? One stitch at a time!
I think my favorite thing about this video series is that Leah shows you how to use both walking foot quilting and free motion quilting in the same quilt for excellent results. I also love the fact that she shows you how to quilt large quilts on your home machine. Here’s an introduction to the video series, from Leah herself:
I always, always, recommend taking courses from as many different quilting instructors as you can, even when they are teaching the same material. Although many of us instructors may overlap on similar subjects, we all have our own approach to teaching and present things in a different way. You never know when something someone says is really going to resonate with you. And the best part is, many of us are friends and love to support each others’ work. After all, the more people we can encourage to machine quilt on their own machines, the more vibrant the quilting industry will continue to be. 🙂
I think Leah is super smart to take advantage of teaching online, and it allows her to reach a larger audience while still maintaining her young family.
Be sure to check out Leah’s class Quilting a King on a Home Machine. You’ll have access to the videos at any time and you can work on this beautiful quilt at your own pace. You’ll be glad you did!