The Free Motion Quilting Project: New Buidling Blocks Quilt Pattern!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Buidling Blocks Quilt Pattern!

I’m super happy and excited to announce that the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern is now available!

I'm so thrilled that this pattern is done because it's really the first time I've had the chance to carefully design a quilt specifically for beginning quilters looking to build skills for piecing and quilting at the same time. Josh has helped me significantly to simplify, simplify, simplify, but still create a beautiful quilt with lots of interesting blocks for us to make together.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So what is this pattern?

Basically this is a sampler quilt of 12 blocks, and 42 free motion quilting designs. 

The piecing techniques are a nice mix of traditional and non-traditional techniques. We’re going to learn how to strip piece, stitch perfect half square triangles and flying geese, and we’ll also learn how to slash stars, and cheat on a Drunkards path!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

On the free motion side, we're going to learn how to use simple shapes and designs to quilt the blocks openly in a soft bed quilt style. The designs might be simple, but they really transform the blocks with a texture that will knock your socks off!

So why have I been working so hard on this right at the end of the year? I had to get it done in time because this quilt pattern is going to be the base for the Building Blocks Quilt Along which will be starting in January!
free motion quilting | Leah Day

Just like the 2012 Free MotionQuilt Along and 2013 Express Your Love Quilt Along, we will be working together to create this quilt in videos posted weekly to the project.

We will begin first piecing a block on the first Monday of the month, and then each Monday after, we will learn how to quilt that block in many different ways. 

Can you tell I’ve been listening to your requests? Whenever I ask quilters what they are most confused by with free motion quilting, the answer is alway:

“How do I pick designs for my quilt? Where should this design go?”

The Building Blocks Quilt Along is designed to help you answer those questions, get lots of experience piecing and quilting, and more confident about picking simple designs to quilt in your quilts.

Now for some specifics:

The quilt blocks measure 8 inch after quilting. We're going to piece 3-4 copies of each block for a total of 42, then put them together to make the quilt.

The finished quilt size is 48" x 56," but if you wanted to make this bigger, all you have to do is cut, piece, and quilt more blocks!

You DO NOT need any special rulers or gizmos for this quilt! You will just need the typical tools for piecing and quilting on your machine. We will use a tiny bit of freezer paper and a tiny bit of french fuse.  

We do have plans for a quilt kit with fabric and thread which will be available in the next few weeks.

The Building BlocksQuilt Pattern is 94 pages (HUGE!) and available only as a digital PDF download. 

 free motion quilting | Leah Day

Simply download, print it out, and make sure to check the note in the Table of Contents on the extra pages you need to print. I’ve included full size templates and cutting guides wherever necessary, as well as all 42 free motion quilting designs in full size diagrams.

One thing is for sure, you’re definitely NOT
going to read “Quilt as desired” in this quilt pattern!

This is also a Quilt-As-You-Go quilt and broken up into blocks which we will quilt individually then put together at the end. This means that no matter what size your sewing machine, you can definitely make this quilt!

Are you as excited about this new Quilt Along as I am? I sure hope so, and I really hope you will join me in January as we being to piece and free motion quilt this skill builder together!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Wow! I can see that you put a lot of work in this pattern! Josh too! What is the final size of the quilt? Looking forward to quilt along with you!

  2. Great pattern! I am planning to buy it for my niece(12 yrs) who just made her first quilt.

    Would be a wonderful pattern for her.

  3. Hi Leah - Excited about the building blocks piece and quilt along. Will I need specialist rulers for the cutting? Thanks

  4. Purchased, downloaded, and printed!! The last few quilts I've done are in black with colors. I'm tempted to go much lighter with a small print that reads solid..........but then again, I love black.....decisions decisions!! LOL

  5. Same here, purchased, downloaded and printed and totally excited about this FMQ project. I am going to try to use up stash and I really like the idea of just two colors. Since I like lots of color, this will be different than what I have done in the past. Looking forward to 2014!
    Thanks Leah and Josh!!!

  6. Looking forward to this. Even after buying Leah's Craftsy class of the FMQ tote bag, and after piecing a quilt top that is intended to be in the car's trunk (so who cares if the FMQ isn't "perfect"?), I still haven't done any FMQ.

    Hopefully this will be the project to get me off the fence and actually quilting!

    Have bought, downloaded, and read the pattern. Now I'm off to mark my calendar for Monday's in 2014, and to make an appointment to go buy fabric yet this year!

    Thanks, Leah (and Josh)!

  7. This looks like a fun project. Thanks for all the work you put into it for us. Looking forward to 2014!

  8. I looking forward to this! Right now I'm swinging towards lime green & black with white thread. But the blue and grey - that's more the colors of my new house. I have the fabric - decisions! Fun ones! Happy Holidays!

  9. Hi, this project looks fun! I had a question: how long will each video be available ? Will they just be available for 1 week each? Thanks!

  10. Happypath - The videos will be posted and available forever for free, just like all my other videos! Eventually I may compile them all into a DVD set, but once I bother to upload something, I never delete it.



  11. Thanks Leah! I'm looking forward to getting started - I'm thinking navy and kiwi green!


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