The Free Motion Quilting Project: Josh Quilts Straight Lines in a Rail Fence Block

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Josh Quilts Straight Lines in a Rail Fence Block

Josh here, and today I'm taking a crack at some straight and diagonal lines free motion quilted in a rail fence block.

Lot of travel stitching in this one, which means it's a good idea to plan out your path before you begin to minimize unnecessary stitching. The corners gave me some trouble, but all in all, this one wasn't too technically challenging.

Also, if you enjoy stitching triangles, you'll have a lot of fun with this block.

The straight lines are about as basic as you can get. Easy and nothing new, but the practice you'll get is just as important as learning new fillers.

I did have one blunder in this block. I had to hide a thread, so I used a cheater needle (AKA a self threading needle). Leah makes this process so easy--but this time, you'll watch me doing it. The first time was definitely the hardest. If you have the time and inclination, and some scrap fabric, a little practice hiding threads with this process will go a long way.

Here's the finished block:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

And the back:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

As you can see, no trace of the hidden thread.

I enjoyed quilting this block. I hope you will too.

Until next week, let's go quilt.



  1. Ya'll are so funny! I like listening to you two :0)

  2. Congrats, Josh! You did a great job!
    Have a nice day!

  3. Top marks Josh! Lovely job with the quilting and video.


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