The Free Motion Quilting Project: 17. Quilt Circuit Board over a Building Block

Monday, April 28, 2014

17. Quilt Circuit Board over a Building Block

 I think I'm hearing an international collective sigh of relief that we are finally done with this modern Building Block! Today we are indeed finishing our last block for this month with Circuit Board:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Circuit Board is basically a straight line / right angle version of Stippling. Instead of stitching curves and wiggles, just stitch straight lines and you end up with this maze-like texture.

Just in case you've never quilted Circuit Board before, here's a few videos you might want to check out first. And remember, it's never a waste of time to quilt this design in a practice sandwich to get the hang of it before tackling your block! 
Original Circuit Board Post 

2012 Quilt Along #17 - Get Wired with Circuit Board!

Circuit Board was also featured in my Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers Volume 1. Click here to get 50% off this fun quilting class!

So these earlier videos will definitely help you get the general idea and flow to Circuit Board. Now let's learn how to quilt this design in multiple sizes within our modern Building Block:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
If you find yourself getting stuck in the 1/8 inch scale of this design, remember you can always return to the Teeth design we learned in block #3. Just a row of those boxy, blocky shapes should get you back on track!

So Circuit Board works the same as Stippling - flow through the quilting space in rows that appear random, and try not to cross the lines of quilting. The only difference is the line itself - Circuit Board has straight lines and 90 degree angles.

You can find many more quilting designs that work in this similar way in the Independent Design Family. If you really like Stippling and Circuit Board, chances are you'll really enjoy many of these designs too!
Remember you can join in the fun of this Quilt Along anytime by picking up a copy of the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern! Click here to learn more.

Other posts for this month include:

You can also click here to find all the videos for the Building Blocks Quilt Along.

And don't forget to check back tomorrow for Josh's take on this fun block!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Thank you, Leah! The final blooper is fun!

  2. This is the second time in recent weeks you have mentioned that quilting on a dense scale gives you mare "bang for your buck" or more practice in a smaller space. It is finally sinking in! I have done practice pieces and gotten frustrated over how quickly they fill up and I need another. From now on: smaller scale!


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