The Free Motion Quilting Project: 16. Quilt a Building Block with Gridlines

Monday, April 21, 2014

16. Quilt a Building Block with Gridlines

Is it just me or is this month just flying by?! We're already on our second block, quilting Gridlines in multiple sizes so you're going to get loads of practice quilting straight lines in free motion!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

For this block we're again getting experience quilting with the lines 1 inch apart, 1/2 inch apart, 1/4 inch apart, and 1/8 inch apart.

For marking, I found the 1 and 1/2 inch grid sections to be easy enough to mark with a ruler over my lightbox. For the diagonal 1/4 inch section, I marked a single line in the middle of the space, then used a rotary ruler to mark the remaining lines within the space. That's one nice thing about lines - they can be easily marked with a ruler!

For the 1/8th inch section, marking is quite tricky because the marked lines could easily get so wide they all bleed together. See how I worked around this issue in our weekly video:

Remember you can still join the Building Blocks Quilt Along any time! Hop into this project by either purchasing the pattern, or the Cheater Cloth, now available in multiple colors!

So how did you like this Gridlines design? Easier than last week's Stippling on multiple scales?

Josh had pretty strong opinions about both designs so definitely stop in tomorrow to see his take on this block!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I love to watch you quilt. It always inspires me to try again. So much so that I bought a sewing machine just like yours! What foot are you quilting with. It is different from the one that came with my machine.

    1. Anne: I have the same machine as Leah, the Janome Horizon 7700. The foot is a combination of the Convertible free motion quilting foot (QB-H) and the Open-toe foot (which is often called an open toed darning foot by other manufacturers). I am very impressed by the way my Janome FMQs. I use Isacord 100% polyester thread in both the top & bobbin, and I have very few thread breaks. Hope you enjoy your machine and your FMQ journey! Linda from Maine

  2. What is the music you play during the fast parts?

    1. It's music created by my Father-in-law, Chet Day. You can find info about his music here:


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