The Free Motion Quilting Project: Section Quilting Part 2

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Section Quilting Part 2

Now that we've learned what designs work well in a quilt block from Part 1, let's watch the other three blocks being filled in free motion!

Here is a video of a Circle of Daisies block being filled with Wandering Clover:

This is the finished block with Wandering Clover:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
And let's finish up the last two blocks with Pointy Paisley and Trippy Triangles:

Here's what the Pointy Paisley block looks like when it's finished:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
And here is the Trippy Triangle Block:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Overall the blocks took about 1 hour to quilt each, for a total of 4 hours just to quilt the blocks.

That let's you know just how time consuming this level of quilting can be, but I really think the level of texture and design added to the block is absolutely worth it.

Compare the filled blocks to this is a photo of a plain block, essentially what the blocks look like if you just stitch them in the ditch:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Of course, you may not wish to fill the blocks of every single quilt you make and that's perfectly fine! I've made many quilts where the best possible way to quilt them was to stitch in the ditch or to cover them with all over quilting!

But now that you've seen these videos, I really hope you'll look at your quilts in a slightly different way and see the possibilities for adding more textures for filler designs within the blocks.

As I said at the end of the wandering clover video - There is always room to play!

Of course, there are many more places to add texture within the Circles of Daisies quilt. Definitely tune in next weekend as we work through the Sashing in Part 3 and the borders in Part 4!

Let's Go Quilt,

Leah Day

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  1. Leah,

    Great videos on the section quilting and how to get around odd areas.

    Traveling is tricky for many, thread sometimes snarls and it is a little harder with stitch regulators.

    Instead of safety pins for basting which are hard for arthritic hands and cause a ton of stop and go, consider using 505 spray. Great stuff that won't gum up your machine.

  2. Hi Sewmuch2do - If you find yourself struggling to travel stitch, try switching threads.

    Typically thread will break while traveling if it's too weak, but it's definitely possible to travel stitch 4 or 5 times over the same area with a thin, strong thread.

    I know the 505 spray is out there, but I'm personally not a fan. I find my quilt still shifts and I really don't like using aerosol cans - no way to tell how much is left and you inevitably run out at exactly the wrong time!

    Let's go quilt,


  3. Hey there, have you considered doing something with celtic knots or knotting? Also rainbows with clouds? what about miniature geometric tree shapes connected by little hills?

    Anyway, looks like you've made SSSOooo many designs, thought you could use some inspiration ;)


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