The Free Motion Quilting Project: 21. Spirals and Echoes in a Drunkards Path Block

Monday, May 26, 2014

21. Spirals and Echoes in a Drunkards Path Block

It's the last week of May so we're quilting our last Cheater Drunkard's Path Block! This time we're stitching it up a notch with spirals and echoes:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

After making three of these blocks and seeing all the amazing design variations on the BBQA Facebook Group, I'm really excited to see what everyone will do with this block too.

If you're just getting started in this group, remember you can find all the posts, videos, and extra tip articles right here.

Between Josh and I, we've now posted over 6 hours of videos to the Building Blocks Playlist! You can go to Youtube, click on the playlist and each video will automatically play in order they were posted.

Speaking of videos, let's watch this week's video to see how to quilt this cool design:

Ready to jump into the fun of this quilt project? All you need is a copy of the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern!

free motion quilting | Leah Day
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free motion quilting | Leah Day
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Anytime is a great time to join in this quilt along! The videos will stay online forever, so you'll always have a visual guide for how to piece and free motion quilt every block.

Check out all the fun blocks we've learned so far in this Quilt Along! 

free motion quilting | Leah Day

When it comes to quilting this last design in your Cheater Drunkard's Path Block, the main goal is keeping your echoes evenly spaced in the quarter circle corners, and also carefully quilting the lines of the spiral between.
free motion quilting | Leah Day

I left the center spiral shape for very last so I could stitch inside, then break thread right in the center of the spiral. If this doesn't quite work out for you, remember there's 100 ways to quilt this block and ALL of them are right! So even if you have to break thread a few times, or do some extra travel stitching to hit all the lines of echoes, that's just fine.

Josh will be joining in the fun tomorrow with his take on this fun block, so make sure to swing by tomorrow to see his video.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Cheater cloth for practice FM 42blocks in one yard!!! How much??
    I got the book

    1. Hi Grace - You actually need 3 yards of the Spoonflower fabric to get all 42 blocks. If you already have the pattern you might find it cheaper to just mark the block quilting designs on plain fabric to practice.

    2. Ok thank u I may go to Joanne fabrics store n cotton fabrics 3 yards of white colors
      Only ?? But how much to need yard for like 2 colors??
      I can't wait to practice lololololol
      I love your videos
      U are amazing talents wow!!!
      Maria ( Grace)

    3. For practice blocks? To cut all 42 - 10 inch squares you'll need around 3.5 yards of fabric. To do 2 colors you'll need around 1 3/4 yard of each color.

      To follow the pattern however, you'll need more fabric to cut the blocks. In that case, check the material list in the pattern.

    4. Thank uuuuu
      Tmw I'm going to Joanne fabrics store smile

  2. I'm curious as to why you did not start at the center of the spiral and work OUT from there, rather then doing all the other quilting and working IN.


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