The Free Motion Quilting Project: Josh's Cursive Words

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Josh's Cursive Words

It's time to go back to school and relearn script!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I've stitched out this week's block on a Spoonflower cheater panel, where you can pick up the entirety of the Building Block Quilt Along project in pre-printed fabric to save you time on piecing. If you haven't joined in on the Quilt Along yet, you can do so now. Our project is unique as you get the entire year's worth of blocks at once so you can work the quilt along at your leisure.

So let's see how I did stitching out these basic cursive letters.

Turns out this one was not as simple as I thought it was going to be. I'd said in past videos that cursive writing is a great way to begin free motion quilting. However, when you're stitching along lines that you can't erase after you finish the block, and you really go off the rails over a lowercase cursive O, the mistake is going to stand out.

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I actually learned a new technique thanks to stitching so flagrantly off the line. What I did was go back and simply do it again, this time on the line. And then I travel stitched back over the same area, making a denser thread line. It's like making a mistake with a pen on paper. You can't erase it like you can with a pencil, so what you do is go back and darken the ink over the mistake. Yes, you still see the problem, but you also see the letter properly written, and in bold.

It's going to be interesting to see the finished quilt to see how this technique pans out.

Until next week,

Let's go quilt!



  1. I'm having a good chuckle here, because at first I thought Josh was using "Cursive Words" as a pun while cursing at the lines that went astray. Love the corrective measures!!!

  2. Hi Leah! Big, long-time fan! I just wanted to thank you for all you do - I have finally gotten up my courage and did some serious quilting! Here's the quilt I am working on -

    Huge Youtube fan too! :)


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