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Welcome to Quilting It. 

My name is Leisha, and I have been longarm machine quilting for nearly 13 years.  I also have been designing longarm pantograph designs for 4 years, with Urban Elementz

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Client Quilts • August

Client Quilts • August

Hello~!! I hope you’re all doing well. I just got back from one of my all time favorite places, bear lake. If you follow me over on Instagram (@leishakaye) you may have seen the smooth beautiful blue water. It’s such a peaceful wonderful place, which we try to visit 1-2 times a year. I love it!! For me, this means summer is coming to a close, and fall/Christmas quilting is kicking into high gear. If you’re in need of getting something quilted before Christmas, plan ahead and let me know. You can email me at quiltingit@gmail.com or contact me through my website.

I have oodles of pictures to show you from the quilts that I’ve been quilting!! I hope you enjoy the variety of quilts and quilting!!

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First up, this amazing appliquéd bird is by Laser Cut Quilts and is called Hummingbird (In the dawn color way). I’ve mentioned before how nice their interfacing is. Laser Cut Quilts designed a interfacing called Flexi Fuse, and it’s such a breeze to quilt, especially when it comes to all those layers. Go here to check it out: Flexi Fuse. On https://lasercutquilts.com/ They have a huge selection of designs.

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I quilted this custom…free handed overlapping circles and feathers, with some lines for a different texture. I show how I quilt overlapping circles on my YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/x0UNyEJdm9Y

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If I remember right, I used a dark gray thread for the bird, and white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread for everything else. I used my favorite 8020 cotton poly blend batting from Winline.

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Those swirly feathers on the bird are just my favorite!! I kept the flowers simple, just added texture.

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This next quilt is also a kit from Laser Cut Quilts and is called "Cut Sew Press Repeat" is designed by Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon.

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I wanted to keep the quilting modern, so I did a 1/2” woven line design. This is fun to do in borders or sashing when you just aren’t quite sure what to quilt. I do have a YouTube video about this design, however the fabric and thread were black, so I need to do a new video.

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I used a Edge ruler from Linda at www.thequiltedpineapple.com, to make the lines. I also used white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread and Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting.

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This next quilt, made up of 1/2 square triangles…colored fabric/low volume, was made by Madi Hastings one of the creative minds/owners at Laser Cut Quilts. She told me she didn’t follow a pattern on this one.

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I quilted Soho on it from Sarah Ann Myers, and it’s available at Urban Elementz. This is one of my favorites!!

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I used my favorite 8020 cotton poly blend batting from Winline, and white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread.

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I just love that it softens up the quilt, by having the curves in the quilting design. Plus, it adds great movement.

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This next quilt was made by Barbara and is called Patchwork Party Quilt, by Fern the owner of Village Dry Goods in Brigham City Utah. Go to http://www.villagedrygoods.com or call (435) 723-1315 for the pattern.

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Such a beautiful quilt!!!

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If you ever want to develop different sewing skills, find a sampler like this with lots of different blocks. Especially, if the pattern has time saving tips or tricks. I’ve done a few of those, and they are quite fun!!

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I used Wisteria from Patricia Ritter at Urban Elementz. It quilts out beautifully, and is a great pairing to the fabrics used in this quilt.

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A couple close ups.

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I used Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting and if I remember right the Dyed Natural 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread.

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This next one I made. I have a new nephew coming in a few weeks, and his dad is absolutely obsessed with plaid. I recently saw someone made a buffalo plaid quilt, and used a Moda cross weave for the mid grade color…I thought that was brilliant. It’s hard to find that mid grade color, when making one of these quilts. I used a white on white that a bunch of this shape “V” all over it. And then I used a Artisan Woven in black from Windom, for the darkest gray square. These squares were cut at 4”. I actually cut 4” strips and sewed them together, and then cross cut them at 4”, so it was super fast. Scroll down to see the perfect backing fabric. I should say, the nursery has a classy outdoors theme.

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I can’t wait to snuggle our new little one up in this quilt. My mom machine bound it for the many washes it will have.

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I just love this quilty texture, mixed with the plaid quilt design.

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I used my Squared©️ design, which is available in my shop and at Urban Elementz.

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Ta-da!! Look at the backing!!! Love!

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Seriously, those trees are the cutest!! When I saw them, I knew I wanted that to be the back fabric. They are by Lella Boutique from Moda. I think I want to make a winter/Christmas pillow, with this fabric.

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I was excited to add my Handmade by Leisha Kaye, quilt tag to it. I had them made by Custom Labels 4 U. They are such great quality and so great to work with.

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Next up, a couple of pillows made by Sherry. The first one is part of the pillow of the month kits, that My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe in Logan Utah, has been doing for the last year. Contact them to see if they still have kits or patterns available. https://mygirlfriendsquiltshoppe.com/shoppe/ • The flag pillow is a kit or pattern that they had available, as well.

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Each state in the USA has a nickname, Utah is the Beehive state. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing that’s why they did a pillow with a beehive. Plus, it’s perfect for summer.

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I quilted 1/2” cross hatching lines with a Edge ruler from Linda at The Quilted Pineapple. I also did the overlapping circles, and a swirl feather in the honeycombs.

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Sherry brought some batting scraps, but I’m guessing they are the 8020 cotton poly winline batting, that I’ve used on some of her quilts. I used a white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread.

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Next up…I love love this one!! My birthday is right after the 4th of July, so all things red white and blue, just make me happy.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve quilted Patricia Ritter and my Liberty©️ design on anything. It’s a take on our very popular Marmalade, the difference…the stars replaced the feathers petals in Marmalade. Go to Urban Elementz to find it.

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I used white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread, and Sherry brought a batting scrap for this one, too.

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When it comes to selecting the size of a design, I tend to go smaller than the suggested size. On this particular pillow, I went really small. I think it was less than 4” in height. I wanted the design to show up nicely on the pillow. I do suggest to look at the size of the blocks on the quilt, and the size of the prints in the fabric, and scale the design appropriately. If something is too big, it’s going to compete for attention and same with too small. You really want the quilting to complement and enhance the quilt. This is why I charge by the hour. I don’t want to just rush through a quilt, but I want to select the best size for the quilt blocks and fabric prints. Let me know if you have any questions about this, and I can do another post or a video.

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This next quilt was made by Lisa, the pattern is Throwing by Brigitte Heitland. The fabric line is True Blue by Zen Chic with some grunge fabrics thrown in. I love the geometric look to the block layout.

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I suggested to Lisa, my Squared©️ design, and I’m glad she said yes! Because of the angles, I think the on point Squared design, adds great texture to this quilt. Squared is available in my shop and at Urban Elementz, like I mentioned before.

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I used Antique Cream 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread and Winline’s 8020 cotton/poly blend batting.

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This design goes well with sooo many quilt patterns. I love every quilt I quilt it on!!!

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Close ups of that texture.

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Next up, this cute Pumpkin quilt made by Sherry. The pattern is called Pumpkin by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew. Pattern is available here: (and by the way, have you seen her Bat quilt, soooo cute) https://cluckclucksewshop.com/

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I think I need to make this one, at some point. Such a cute quilt!

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The fabrics on the stems, is the same design as my Sweet Orange Peel©️ design, so I thought they would pair nicely with each other. Plus I’ve seen my friend Abby, quilt my Sweet Orange Peel on some of these Pumpkin quilts. It’s like a whole bunch of little pumpkin seeds. Sweet Orange Peel is only available in my shop.

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I love the pop of orange against the gray.

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I used white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread, and Winline’s 8020 cotton poly.

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One last close up.

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Next, another quilt made by Sherry. The pattern is called Witches Night Out by Its Sew Emma, (https://www.itssewemma.com/) using Fig Tree Quilts fabrics from Joanna Figueroa’s new line All Hallows’ Eve. This line is sooo beautiful and popular, my mom and aunt bought the whole line for their shop and it sold out so quickly. So, it was fun for me to see this one made up.

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This is such a fun fun quilt!!

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Instead of doing a traditional spider web, I asked Sherry what she thought of doing leaves…she said yes!! So I used a fun design from Denise Schillinger called Grapevine, which is available at Urban Elementz. I just love how it dances across the quilt, like falling leaves.

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These pumpkins, and that bat…so perfectly Halloween.

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A close up on those leaves. I used Dyed Natural 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread and Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting.

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Next up, Lisa made this super cool and modern “Fall Breeze” quilt for her daughter, the pattern and ombré fabrics by Vanessa Christenson from Moda. Pattern available here: https://lnk.bio/TBbK If I remember right the background is a Cross Weave from Moda. Lisa’s daughter requested that the quilting be modern, and I love how it turned out.

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Seriously, there is something about Vanessa’s ombré fabrics popping on the gray. Love it!!

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To be modern, the leaves got lines…which I’ll get to in a minute, but I wanted the background to have a wood grain look to it. I used a gray thread from Omni for the background, and coordinating threads for each color of leaves.

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I just love the texture!!

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I used a couple of Edge rulers from Linda at The Quilted Pineapple. I quilted the lines 1/2” apart, at alternating angles. I need to do a video soon, and explain how to do this so that the quilting doesn’t have dominate lines copping it up. After you get started and start creating different angles, I suggest using the lines you create as a boundary and then quilting in that direction 1/2” apart. I’m not talking about boundaries in Edge to Edge quilting. I’m talking about quilting out this line design. Creating a boundary, let’s you know where to quilt to and stop. If you quilt a line without quilting 1/2” lines going in the same direction, it actually disrupts the flow of the design. I will do a video when I quilt this design again. Kind of hard to describe, it would be better to show you.

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Some close ups on the leaves.

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These Ombré fabrics are just so beautiful!!

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Another close up…

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Last one!

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More of that wooded background.

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Next, this super cute cactus pin cushion! This is also a kit from Laser Cut Quilts, all their kits come with their Flexi Fuse interfacing on the back, ready for you to place and iron down. This pattern is called Stuck on Quilting by Ashley Greer. There is a list on the Laser Cut Quilts website, underneath the limited edition quilts tab, and a way to request it in a local quilt shop.

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I quilted 1/2” diagonal lines, using an Edge ruler from Linda at The Quilted Pineapple.

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Everything else, I quilted freehand.

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I used a white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread and Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting.

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Okay, how fun is this Unicorn!!! It’s called Unicornia by Madi Hastings from Laser Cut Quilts. Folks, I said it before…the Flexi Fuse that Laser Cut Quilts created is the best! See the multi layered hair, typically with other interfacing it’s a beast to quilt through all those layers. Not Flexi Fuse!! Plus all those holes from the machine needle, that you get when quilting other interfacing, not there with Flexi Fuse!!

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If you’ve been following for awhile, you may have seen a couple of quilts I quilted for Laser Cut Quilts, for last years fall market. The woman and scissors quilts…I wanted to kind of combine the quilting from those two quilts, to this quilt. Here is a post with those quilts: Fall Market Release. The face and hair of the woman, are quilted like the head and mane of the unicorn. The doodle quilting in the background of the scissor quilt, is similar to the doodle quilting I did in the background. It’s all about creating texture and some movement. I love love how it turned out.

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My tip for quilting a face, don’t do perfectly straight lines. Let it be natural, yet not too crazy. Just a slight curve. Also, quilt the lines close. Same with the hair. Letting there be tiny gaps between the lines, allows the batting to pop a little, and adds some great texture.

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I used white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread on everything but the hair. I had a deep aqua thread for that. It’s all about matching the tones, yet white blends nicely with all of the other fabrics. I used Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting.

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That hair was fun to quilt!!! I’m sure if you’re going to quilt market, you may be able to see this in person.

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Laurie made this beautiful table runner for her good friend. The block pattern is by Moda, and is their 1st pattern in their 2008-2009 Block of the Month. I think it’s called Selvages pattern number MUP45. Then she added the mini 9 patch and made up the borders and on point layout.

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I used a light tan Omni thread, a Deep Cardinal (red) A&E Perma Core 30 tex, and a steel blue Omni thread for the mini border. I used my favorite Winline 8020 batting.

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I love how it all came together!

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The block design I quilted using my Statler, and it is a free design that came with my Gammill Statler. The name is SCf-196 Twirl Block. I’m not sure who it is by. If anyone knows, please let me know. I always appreciate it when other give me credit for my designs, and I’d like to give credit to them.

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I used my 13” Circle2 machine quilting circle ruler to quilt the curves in the on point blocks. I love the arced diamond look to this design. Plus it’s fun to quilt!! My Circle2 rulers come in a set of 6, the circles ranging in size from 2” to 13”. There are two different sizes of circles per ruler, and they are made from 1/4” high quality acrylic. The 3/4th of a circle design makes it easy to move around as you quilt. They are available only in my shop, in green or clear. I have a few videos on my YouTube channel or a blog post with more info. They were designed with the hopping foot in mind. When using a circle ruler, the hopping foot adds a 1/2”. So, these rulers have the correct measurements to give you the correct size of circles. The 4” Circle2 ruler will give you 4” circle, and so on with all the different sizes. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I quilted my favorite organic swirl the feather free hand in the outside border, ribbon candy in the inner border, and 1” lines in the red border using one of Linda’s Edge rulers.

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Last quilt, this beautiful quilt made by Lori for her aunt who is turning 80. How sweet!! The pattern is called, Starburst by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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I used Winline’s 8020 cotton poly blend batting and white 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread.

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Lori decided on Ginger©️ for the quilting, which is one of my favorite feather designs. It’s by Patricia Ritter and me, and is available at Urban Elementz. It quilts out beautifully.

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Because the backing is minky, the design is running vertical on the quilt. That happens because minky should be pinned to the quilting machine on the two cut ends, with the selvages on the sides. This is because the greatest stretch should be running horizontally. Less stretch and headache for you when you quilt. So, in this instance the quilt had to be turned lengthwise so it fit the backing.

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Here are a couple of close ups, front/back.

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I’m so grateful you’re here, and hope you enjoyed all those amazing quilts!! I have lots of quilts to quilt in the coming months, I just wanted to remind you again, let me know if you’d like something quilted before Christmas. There is still time. Contact me through my website or at quiltingit@gmail.com

thank you!! - Leisha

Client Quilts • September ‘19

Client Quilts • September ‘19

Hexie Flowers

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