Leah Day
Craftsy Instructor

Shelby, NC

I got started quilting in 2005 because I wanted a double wedding ring quilt to celebrate my wedding. Unfortunately, I used all the wrong materials (satin and silk) and all the wrong tools (paper templates) and experienced total epic fail. Over the next several years, I learned how to piece and appliqué, then decided to tackle the hardest challenge: free motion quilting. Learning free motion quilting and creating so many designs was like an ... Read Full Bio »

Leah's Craftsy Classes


Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 2

Whether you've taken Leah's other Craftsy classes or are discovering this talented teacher for the first time, you'll appreciate her patient and thorough instruction. Learn all about five new free-motion stitch families: overlapping, foundational, edge-to-edge, edge-to-center and stem-centered designs. Then turn your practice pieces into a reversible quilted tote.

Make every day a free-motion quilting day ... with Leah Day!

$34.99 $44.99


Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1

Tackle your projects with newfound confidence as you learn how to stitch 50 unique free motion quilting designs with popular Craftsy instructor Leah Day. You'll learn useful quilting techniques in a variety of stitch families, including independent, stacking, pivoting, echoing and branching stitches. Quilt each design onto blocks you'll piece into an exciting, impressive quilt.

$24.99 $39.99


Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

Leah Day, prolific quilting teacher and author of 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs, applies her skills to the 20-block sampler created in the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month. Whether you're working on your Craftsy Block of the Month top, another unfinished quilt top, or just practice blocks, you'll want to master the elegant and easy designs Leah's chosen to add depth and dimension to your quilts. Rookies, professionals and every quilter in between will appreciate Leah's intricate work, generous tips and empowering approach to making everybody a confident free-motion quilter.

$19.99 $39.99


The Free-Motion Effect: Designing Custom Quilting

Discover Leah Day's quilting strategies as you learn how to select the right design for a range of projects, from intricately pieced quilt tops to ones with appliqué, and everything in between. Begin with a variety of dynamic free-motion designs, and find out how to control the speed and direction of your stitching. Next, discover two all-over spiral variations that don't require stitching in the ditch and can be used to cover an entire quilt. Practice a striking ray motif to accentuate patchwork designs, and follow along with Leah to emphasize pieced projects with paisley, pebbling and filler motifs. Then, delve into versatile designs that will add texture and dimension to quilt borders, before exploring a variety of ways to quilt around and on top of appliqué. You'll finish class with the confidence to choose the right designs for any project, and the skills to bring them beautifully to life!


Meet Leah

What's New

I've just started carrying a new affordable sewing table in my online quilt shop. It's small, sturdy, and will get your machine on a flush surface with the table top, which is such a great help for free motion quilting. Learn more about this table here: http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/affordable-sewing-table/

Leah's Projects

Free Motion Quilting a Sampler Quilt
Quilted Tote
Tunisian Crocheted Washcloth
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