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April 17, 2019
Do You Ever Sleep? Podcast 102 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! This week I’m covering a topic that concerns all of us: sleep!

What’s Going on around the House

I continue plugging away on the Ms. Bunny doll spoonflower panel. This will be a print you can purchase from spoonflower with instructions and the full pattern to make your own Ms. Bunny doll. Ms Bunny is a character from my children’s novel Mally the Maker.

bunny doll sewing pattern

Leah Day with Ms. Bunny doll

Speaking of bunnies, I’ve finished my rabbit hutch! We’re going to start raising Champagne D’Argent rabbits. I built the hutch ...

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April 3, 2019
Episode 100 of Hello My Quilting Friends from The Free Motion Quilting Project

This is our 100th episode of the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast!

Listen to the podcast or download it to your computer using this player:

If you’re interested in making a fun flower hat like mine, be sure to check out my tutorial here.

I’m sure you want to see my Flower Girl costume! Click Here to check it out and read more about how I put it all together.

flower girl costume

Leah in her Flower Girl costume.

No, the Ms. Bunny spoonflower panels are not yet available, but you can download the cute sewing pattern. Click Here to check ...

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September 12, 2018
Tips for Naming and Tagging Your Quilts, Podcast #74 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Happy podcast day! I'm having a blast in my kitchen studio today which is finally put back (more or less) together after being collapsed for two weeks after Josh's fish tank disaster. I'm slicing up embroidery squares to experiment with a new quilt-as-you-go method.



This podcast came about from a listener suggestion. Dawn wanted to know if I had any tips on naming quilts and adding tags or labels to the back. I had a fun time thinking through both topics and shared my take on the importance of ...

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June 20, 2018
Chatting about Fear? Podcast #62 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Yep, fear is the topic of the podcast today. Have I mentioned that sharing my goddess quilt stories is scary, scary, SCARY?


Click Here to find this podcast episode.

I decided the next quilt to share should be Torrent of Fear, a goddess quilt I created in 2012 after spending a year stuck in place by ultimately very silly fears.

Yes, this is a dark quilt about a negative emotion, but the funny thing is when I look at this quilt, it actually makes me feel good. I feel good and happy because I know I'm not THERE - stuck ...

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June 13, 2018
Back from Vacation Podcast #61 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

James and I popped off to Charleston this past weekend for a short trip to visit family and hang out together. In this week's podcast I share about the trip and my major obsession: freeform crochet!


Click Here to find the show notes and podcast video.

I think I'm mostly loving freeform crochet because it's the perfect project to work on while I'm editing Mally the Maker. I've spread out over my couch with yarn, crochet hooks, and the printed book galley and as I crochet, I'm listening to the book being read to ...

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June 6, 2018
Quilting Gratitude in Your Life and Quilts from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! Today I've shared a new podcast episode with my first quilt story all about quilting with gratitude and how I constructed the quilt My Cup Runneth Over. Click Here to find the episode.

Why this new style of podcast? I've wanted to share my goddess quilts in more ways for years. I've wanted to write a book on these quilts for years. I've wanted to rebuild their pages on my website...FOR YEARS!

I finally realized that this was never, ever going to happen if I didn't MAKE it happen by ...

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May 30, 2018
Quilt Design with the Quiltrovert from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Quiltrovert! I love the name Niki Gordham-Harrison goes by on Instagram. Today she's on the Hello My Quilting Friends podcast and we're talking about how she became a quilter just 8 months ago and is already designing her own quilts and writing patterns.

Click Here to find this new podcast episode.

It's really interesting to see how different quilters get into this wonderful craft. Some quilters instantly begin designing and playing with shapes, while others prefer to follow patterns and not have to worry about the math coming out right.

The thing I love most about our ...

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May 24, 2018
What Can You Do in 1 Hour? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friend! I have a new podcast for you this week with a big update on what's going on around the house. Many huge projects are finally getting finished, or moving steadily in that direction and I'm feeling great about my progress on Mally the Maker, my quilt fiction novel.

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

The main theme of this podcast was about how to reach your goals in tiny increments, every single day. In the past 8 months I've written a full length (90,000 word) fiction novel, designed rulers with Grace ...

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May 10, 2018
Who's Quilt Is It Anyway? from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've heated things up this week with a new Great Quilting Debate about quilt ownership. If you hire a service like longarm quilting, having binding attached, or even piecing, is that still just YOUR quilt?

Click Here to check out the podcast episode.

I had a lot of fun with this one and found the more I thought through each angle, the more interesting it became. There are so many different sides to it:

 - If I pay for the service, doesn't that take care of it? 

- If I don't end up liking the person that did it ...

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April 25, 2018
That Quilt is Cheating! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friend! I'm back this week with another Great Quilting Debate asking a simple question - what is quilt cheating?

Are there quilting techniques you consider inferior or just plain WRONG?

What do you think about cheater cloth? It has "cheater" in the name so it must be bad, right?

Do you find yourself shrugging your shoulders at quilts made on an embroidery machine or quilted on a longarm?

I've dug into this topic this week and had a lot of fun thinking through my past judgments and criticisms. Yep, there was a time that I thought ...

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April 18, 2018
Take Better Photos with Brenda LaFleur from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've made an awesome new quilting friend with Brenda LaFleur! She is a photographer and teacher from Louisiana and she came on the podcast to chat about photography.


I was digging in the dirt during the introduction so I apologize for the less-than-perfect sound. Josh and I had just picked up several herbs and tomato plants and I knew if I didn't get them into the ground immediately, I'd kill them with neglect.

I also had some bulbs to plant too and I'm not sure...they were looking ...

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April 4, 2018
Three Step Quilt As You Go with Jenedel Wilcox from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello my quilting friends! This week I have a really fun podcast with Jenedel Wilcox. She is a hobby quilter and emailed me a few month ago about a neat Quilt-As-You-Go technique she uses to connect her quilted blocks together.

Click Here to find this podcast episode.

We started a conversation via email and decided to collaborate on a little quilt project. I sent Jenedel some embroidered quilt blocks and she connected them together to create this cute mini quilt!


This was a really fun experience and I love how this mini quilt turned out. I hope you'll come ...

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March 7, 2018
New Quilting Friend from Qatar from The Free Motion Quilting Project

I've made a new quilting friend this week! It's so much fun meeting quilters from around the world and having the excuse to have a chat on my quilting podcast.

Click Here to find this episode #48.

Grace Medina is a mother of two from Venezuela now living in Qatar. She shares quilting tutorials in Spanish on her YouTube channel Handy and Crafty.

This is the second Spanish quilting instructor I've had on the show. It's wonderful that quilting is being taught in different languages and countries so everyone who wants to sew and quilt can ...

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February 14, 2018
Interview with My Sister Camille! Podcast #45 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I have a really fun interview with my sister, Camille Gray, about her experience with the Whole 30 diet. Listen or download the episode to your player here:


Or watch and see what I'm stitching during the intro, which happens to be at the end of the video for this episode:


My sister had a radical transformation on the Whole 30 Diet. Here's her Before Picture, which was a few years ago:


And here's her After Picture on the beach last summer:


Camille works out to videos from Rebecca Louise Fitness. Click ...

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January 31, 2018
Leah's On a Diet? Quilting Friends Podcast #44 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I decided to share a personal update on the quilts I'm working on right now and a big challenge I've taken on for the month of February. Listen or download this episode using this player:


Or you can watch the episode and see me working on the Love the Light wholecloth quilt here:


I was stitching on the hanging sleeve to the back of this beautiful quilt while recording the podcast. This is the walking foot wholecloth quilt from my book Explore Walking Foot Quilting. I'm trying to take care of little ...

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January 17, 2018
Piece and Quilt Precut Fabrics with Christa Watson, Episode #43 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm chatting with my awesome quilting friend Christa Watson about piecing and quilting with precut fabrics. This just happens to also be the topic of Christa's new quilting book! Listen or download the episode here:


Or you can watch the episode and see me stitching away at this forever cross stitch project in my living room:


Ad: Click Here to find Christa's newest book Piece and Quilt with Precuts. 

This is a terrific book for slicing into those precut packs you've stashed away so you can turn those nice fabrics into ...

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January 3, 2018
Longarm Quilting and Yoga with Amy Helton from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm chatting with Amy Helton, or LongarmYogiGal, a longarm quilter and yogi from Kentucky! Listen or download the episode using the player here:


Or watch the episode with a live intro with me in bright orange here:


Click Here to check out Amy Helton's Facebook Page. This is where you can connect with Amy to talk about longarm quilting your quilts. Her goal is to have a quilt in all 50 states so help her reach her goal this year!

I found Amy on Instagram where I ran across her handle LongarmYogiGal and ...

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December 27, 2017
My Word for the Coming Year, Podcast Episode 40! from The Free Motion Quilting Project

We're in that wonderful week between Christmas and New Years and I've been taking the time to reflect on all that has happened in 2017 and what I'm hoping to create in 2018. Listen to the episode or download it to your computer with this player:


Or you can watch the episode and see the little project I'm painting in this video:


Every year I pick a word that acts as a guiding light. It's kind of a like a mantra in a way. Just one single word that helps me remember my goals and ...

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December 13, 2017
Teach Crafting Online with Melanie Ham, Episode #39 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm chatting with Melanie Ham, a super successful quilting teacher on YouTube. Listen to the episode or download it below:


Or you can watch the podcast using this player:


Click Here to check out Melanie's YouTube Channel. I love her videos which are so nicely edited and clearly demonstrated.

Also check out Melanie's Premium Course Website Melanie Makers. This is where Melanie shares more in-depth courses, projects, and quilt alongs. Remember she shared a coupon code in the podcast - make sure to enter Leah in the checkout to save 25% on your ...

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November 22, 2017
Great Quilting Debate: Prewashing Fabric, Episode #36 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Hello My Quilting Friends! Today I'm taking on another Great Quilting Debate: whether to prewash fabric before making your quilt or not. Listen to the episode or download it to your computer here:



Or watch the episode and check out my super messy laundry room here:


Yes, I do think prewashing fabric is a super important step in the quiltmaking process! Here's the reasons why I wash everything unless it's too tiny and will fall apart in the washer:
  • Stops fabrics from bleeding into one another. Washing removes the excess dyes so all the fabrics remain the ...

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