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Aug 26, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Leila of Sewn by Leila

Aug 26, 2011
Pin It Hello Friday!  It's the end of summer and school has started (well, not for my pre-k guy yet).  Anyway, my favorite time of year!  We're even heading out to watch some high school football tonight!

So another Friday, of course, means another wonderful quilter feature here today!  Today the spotlight is on Leila of Sewn by Leila.  She has a fantastic style that I think perfectly blends the best of both modern and traditional quilting.  She is also heading up the popular Skill Builder Sampler to help all of us expand our horizons.  Let's learn more about her....


Hi!  I am Leila (pronounced li-la) from Huxley, Iowa.  I am a stay at home mom with four daughters (ages 11-2), one cat, six chickens and a husband who is so patient and supportive of my quilting fetish.  Last October I started my own blog, Sewn by Leila and learned about flickr where I post as L.Meg. The online quilting world is amazing, huh?
Tree Quilt

I started to quilt 10 years ago when a friend talked a group of us into participating in a Block of the Month program at our local quilt shop.  If you brought your completed block back each month to their meeting you would get the next month's block for free.  Perfect for a college student with no money - I was hooked.

I have sewn on a variety of machines - most of them found at garage sales or thrift shops - but my current and favorite machine is a Bernina 801.  It is an older machine with all the quality of a high priced new Bernina.  I cannot say how much I recommend buying a used quality machine.  You can get so much more for your money.

I don't own many quilting books, but love to check books out from the library, surf blogs and talk to "older" women at quilt shops and guilds to learn new techniques.  There were so many things I said I would never do when I started quilting.  One of them was applique and another was hand piecing.  I have since appliqued several things and am almost done with a queen sized English paper pieced Flower Garden quilt.
Girl in Grandmother's Flower Garden

 When the whole "dumbing down" conversation happened in blogland, it made me think about my own skill set.  I realized that there were still a whole host of techniques and skills I would love to do, but was simply scared to try.  (Paper piecing, curves, reverse applique to name a few)  I figured there were more people like me out there and decided to start the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler.  (Yeah, it's a mouthful.)  

Skill Builder Sampler

Every month we focus on a new skill (this month is flying geese).  Then each Friday for three weeks I share a tutorial for a 12 inch quilt block using that technique.  The first block is easy, the next intermediate and the last block is challenging.  The fourth week is set aside to catch up on the month's blocks and talk about the quilt math that goes along with the new skill.  If you have completed all three blocks by the end of the fourth week, you are eligible to enter a giveaway.  I know fabric prizes motivate me!  Here is the link to all of the sampler posts.  I would love to have you stop by and check it out.  Feel free to join in at any time.  You can start with Block 1 or jump in where we are now.

Here are some of the blocks we have made so far up on my design wall.  My design wall is just a cheap vinyl tablecloth tacked up on the wall, but I don't know how I lived without it.  


Lisa, who lived here before us, is an artist.  She and her husband transformed a small dark basement room into a crafter's paradise.  Cabinets for storing fabrics.  A sewing height table, cutting counter and a great paint job.  There are even some hanging thing-ies that I use to hang finished tops on.  The only thing it lacks is natural light, which is a problem when I take pictures.  This year I started posting tutorials and it is challenging to take decent pictures downstairs, but not practical to bring all my stuff upstairs.  Any hints?  

Writing tutorials has been fun and challenging.  I wrote up a tutorial for my favorite Diamond Quilt.
It is a hexagon shaped quilt made out of diamonds.  Love it!  It was a present for my new niece, but I would really like to make another to keep.
Diamond Quilt

I am quite honored to have been featured here.  I know I look forward to learning about new quilters each week and am tickled to be one of them.  Thanks Anne Marie! 

If you'd like to keep up with Leila and all that she's up to visit her blog Sewn by Leila.  Have a great weekend!

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  1. I love Leila! What a wonderful job you're doing on the SBS! I have enjoyed it so much and I'm learning every time we do something new. I have only been quilting since last November so everything is new to me. I've yet to try applique myself, but I know I can if I put my mind to it! Thanks Leila!

  2. Thanks for featuring Leila, I enjoyed learning more about her! She is such a talented quilter.

  3. Yay for Leila! We love you girl!

  4. Nice to meet Leila. It is amazing that she has done a Grandmothers flower garden.
    Love her blocks on the design wall.
    Off to visit her blog.

  5. I really enjoyed reading about Leila! I'll be checking out her blog!!

  6. Thanks AnneMarie - Leila's is a new blog to me so I'm off to check it out!


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