The Free Motion Quilting Project: 23. Free Motion Quilt Zigzags in a Pinwheel Block

Sunday, June 8, 2014

23. Free Motion Quilt Zigzags in a Pinwheel Block

Ready to quilt your first pinwheel quilt block? This week's design is super fast and super easy - zigzags and lines, which really enhances the half square triangle shapes:

free motion quilting | Leah Day 

The best part about this quilting design is you can actually flow through this block with almost no travel stitching. You also don't HAVE to stitch in the ditch of this block. There's more than enough quilting to hold the block together, so if you're not in the mood to ditch, feel free to skip it!

See what I mean in this fun video:

Looking for the zigzags and lines quilting diagram from the video? Click here to find it in the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern.

Just remember as you stitch your pinwheel block to watch out for that center section where all the seam allowances are overlapping. This area is super dense already, so try to avoid building up too much thread in this area.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
free motion quilting | Leah Day
This is the core reason why I press all seam allowances open - it reduces bulk in the seam allowances so you still can quilt into the center if you need to.

As I said in the video, you can reduce the thread in this block even more by NOT ditching. Josh decided to go this route and found this block to be one of the speediest to stitch through in the quilt along so far. Swing by tomorrow for Josh's take on Zigzags and Lines in a Pinwheel Block!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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