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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Road to California - Winter Wonderland, by Leah Day

The Road to California Quilt Show is a juried quilt show that selects the best of the best entries, to exhibit at this show.  As such, I was delighted when I heard that Leah Day (The Free Motion Quilting Project) had her amazing quilt "Winter Wonderland"  juried into this show.

Leah Day is a talented quilter, teacher, author with a broad range of quilting skills, including being an Expert at free-motion quilting.

Winter Wonderland was completed in 2010 and measures 48" x 48".  The design is fresh, crisp, and visually stimulating.  The free-motion quilting is inspirational, with unique free-motion quilting, perfectly stitched, in each of the unique snowflake blocks of this beautiful quilt.



Each of the beautiful snowflake blocks have unique free-motion quilting backgrounds that are perfectly balanced for this quilt, as well as inspirational FMQ for a variety of quilt designs.


 This quilt was entered in the AQS Knoxville, TN show in 2011 and it received a ribbon for Best Workmanship


It also received awards for Best Machine Quilting at North Carolina Quilt Symposium 2010 and an
Honorable Mention in Applique category at Asheville Quilt Show 2010.


and now an Honorable Mention at Road to California 2012!


An article on Winter Wonderland was also published in Quilters Newsletter, this past year.


But, I was truly delighted to see this quilt and amazing workmanship at the Road to California Quilt Show.  While admiring this quilt, I also had fun chatting with fellow quilters about Leah and her Free Motion Quilting Project, as well as letting them know that she has published books and DVDs on free-motion quilting.

While Leah has shared her insights via her blog, along with free videos on you-tube, I do want to share that I truly enjoy using her FMQ books.  I like to have these near my machine as I practice and I enjoy the ease of her DVDs to watch her videos, especially while I travel, vs watching via youtube.










Leah also has a great online store, that specializes in products perfect for those learning and/or improving their free-motion quilting skills.
from feathers to flames | free motion quilting book

Congratulations to Leah Day for her beautiful Winter Wonderland quilt winning an award at Road to California, but also for all of her accomplishments and contributions to our wonderful world of quilting. 

I also hope that quilters, from around the world will let their local quilt shops, quilt guilds and quilt show administrators know about Lean Day and her Free Motion Quilting Project.  She is a talented quilter and teacher, that would also make for an excellent guest instructor at your local quilt shop, guild or quilt show. 

http://www.daystyledesigns.com/quiltshop.htm
http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

Free Motion Quilting Project

You may also want to recommend Leah Day to come teach at your local quilt shop, guilds, shows.

22 comments:

paulette said...

OMGosh...had I known I would have tracked this quilt down!! Nothing like seeing the results of a master at work!! Thanks for sharing, Darlene! What a masterpiece!!
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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what an incredible quilt!!!

Kathy said...

Leah is awesome. She deserves so much credit not only for her quilts but her attitude toward teaching fmq to newbies and the experienced quilters. She gives so much of her time and patience with her videos and tutorials. She is a remarkable and giving person! I wouldn't have tried fmq if it wasn't for her and I now love it!

Z Any Mouse said...

I saw this quilt yesterday and was in awe of it's beauty. Every snowflake was perfection and the understated color - so beautiful! I'm still in quilty dreamland after having seen so many amazing quilts at Road yesterday.

Editfolt said...

Leah the beautiful!

QuiltedSquid said...

Beautiful work...stunning in person! One of the hi-lights of my visit to R2ca

Rachel said...

The quilt and Leah are truly amazing :-)

Laurie said...

Breathtaking! I wish I could see it in person.

Kim said...

I'm amazed at how much this young lady has achieved in such a short time, she really has changed the machine quilting world and made it accessible to anyone with a home machine that wants to learn and practice machine quilting. I have ordered directly from her web site and received very good service and her products are reasonable priced. Now all I need to do it put in the hours of practice that Leah has done and maybe I'll be able to produced something nearly as beautiful! Congratulations to Leah on this outstanding quilt!
Like you, I wish her continued success while looking forward to her next creation.

Janet O. said...

Thanks for sharing this quilt with us. I have followed Leah's blog for just a few months. I love her attitude and advice. I am now to FMQ and I have benefited so much from her!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Leah's work is always worth seeing....just beautiful!!!!

Richard Healey said...

That quilt is amazing.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Barb said...

That is just awe inspiring...

Maria Wallin said...

This quilt is just amazing and I love Leah's work and she's such a major inspiration!

JJ said...

That is a beautiful quilt and the workmanship is gorgeous. She is a inspiration. Thank you for showing her work and letting us know of the books and videos that she has available.

Marilyn said...

Wow wow wow. That is an amazing quilt. It deserves the awards it has won and many more. Would love to see it for real.

Janet said...

I'm so happy for Leah, she is a legend and the quilt is a masterpiece.

Leah Day said...

Gosh, ya'll are all so kind. Thank you so much Darlene! I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing Winter Wonderland.

Susan said...

I also saw this quilt at Road2CA on Friday - with one of you above commenters - Zina. :) I'll admit that I did not go up to the description on this one to see whom had made it but I did stand there with Zina and comment on how amazing the quilting was...fun to find out it was Leah Day.

LJ said...

I do follow Leah's blog and have for awhile. All her quilts are absolutely astounding, and to think they are FMQed!!!! I joined the FMQ Challenge and find Leah an inspiration. As a beginner at FMQing, this quilt seems UNBELIEVEABLE to me

Carrie P. said...

simply stunning! she definitely deserves the award.

Calico Mermaid said...

I saw it in person, too, & it is truly amazing.