The Free Motion Quilting Project: Josh's Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block

Friday, June 27, 2014

Josh's Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block

We're continuing to speed things up in the Building Blocks Quilt Along with our last series in the Pinwheel Block. Josh here today for my take at Echo Shell.

This was a turning point for me as adding the extra fabric along the edges finally helped me master control over stitching on the perimeter of the block. Unfortunately, the half circle echoes were tricky and I wasn't very happy with the end results of the block.

That said, adding the scrap lead fabric along the edges was game changing. I wish I had done this when I first started out. It's perfect for beginners.

Here's the finished block:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

And the back:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

It's always interesting for me to see the finished backs of my blocks, especially after some time has past since I finished the block. The thing I've come to learn is it's never as bad as I first thought when I left the machine. It's wonky, the lines look more like drunken waves than symmetrical echoes, but the general shape and feel of the design is clearly there.

Have you joined us in our Building Block Quilt Along? You can jump in at any time as this is not like your average Quilt Along where if you miss the train at the start, you're out of luck. When you get your pattern (either a physical printed copy or a download which you'll receive immediately upon purchase), you get all 42 designs at once so you can quilt the blocks at your own leisure. You also join us on our Facebook page and connect with other beginners as well as quilters who are just beginning the Quilt Along.

So that's it for the Pinwheel block. Until next week, let's go quilt!



  1. Think you are doing a great job.

  2. Hey Josh - you should see my wonky Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block! Makes yours look pretty good. But I was gratified when my son saw it finished and said, "That came out great!" I also want to share that my son sews. He has made several medieval tunics - one that was quilted!

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    1. This is Spoonflower Kona Cotton. It really is the best option from Spoonflower for quilting.


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