The Free Motion Quilting Project: Josh's Gridlines

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Josh's Gridlines

Josh here for my crack at "gridlines" in a modern Building block.

Once again, we have some dense 1/8" scale stitching. This is a great practice block! No curves, no circles, no stippling--just basic straight lines, and a whole lot of them. We have 1", 1/2", 1/4", and 1/8" scales. The key here to find a good path and minimize travel stitching, and since everything is broken down in grids, this comes pretty naturally without having to plot a complicated course beforehand.

That said, this one took a lot of time, so if you're a beginner like me, make sure you have a good 30 minutes to an hour.

The diagonal lines in the corner mixed things up a bit, especially as you had to maneuver around the edge and my fingers didn't have enough room outside the block.

Because I'm using Spoonflower cheater fabric, I elected to skip every other line in the 1/8" section as the lines were already on the block. As I write this and watch the video, I can see I now have a lot more experience under my belt and if I had to stitch this dense area now I think I'd flip over the block and stitch by freehand on the 1/8" scale.

Here's how the block came out:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

And the back:
free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm proud of this one. Once the quilt is assembled, the dense travel stitching and errors on the edges will disappear, and I hope this block will really stand out.
Until next week, let's go quilt!



  1. I can see how you are improving. Keep up the good work.

  2. I used the same technique with my diamonds on the Cheater Cloth as Josh did. It make quick work of both sections.


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