The Free Motion Quilting Project: 26. Quilt Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block

Thursday, June 26, 2014

26. Quilt Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block

Let's speed things up a bit! This week we've already learned how to quilt Wiggly Lines in a pinwheel block. Now let's finish up our last pinwheel with echo shell:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Echo Shell is a design you can either mark and stitch right on the lines, or you can stitch completely free hand. In the video I demonstrated both methods so you can see how they work and what the finished results will look like.

Join in the fun of the Building Blocks Quilt Along anytime! Click here to pick up your copy of this pattern to get started.

free motion quilting | Leah Day
When quilting free hand with no marks to guide you, no, your design is not going to be absolutely perfect. The echoes might be inconsistently spaced apart, your starting shape might be a bit wobbly.

But I encourage you to see this as your unique signature on the block. No one else can quilt it quite like you, and that's special!

So try challenging yourself this week to mark half the block and quilt on the marked lines, and leave the other half unmarked so you can practice quilting free hand as well.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Thanks for the inspiration you give :-) Nice work.

  2. Does your machine have a stitch regulator?

    1. Nope! This is regulated by my foot on the pedal. With practice you will find more speeds within the foot pedal and be able to match them to the speed of your hand movement. It takes practice and time, that's all!


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