The Free Motion Quilting Project: 34. Quilt Circles in a Spinning Square Block

Thursday, July 24, 2014

34. Quilt Circles in a Spinning Square Block

It's quilting time! Earlier this week we learned how to cover a Spinning Square with Stippling and from what I've seen in the Facebook group, everyone found this relatively easy and quick to quilt.

So today let's stitch it up a notch as we learn to quilt circles within this block too:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I honestly will understand if you have a deep desire to punch me after quilting this block. I had a bit of that impulse myself!

Circles are tricky, and all the seam allowances from paper piecing this block don't make it easier. Notice how many spirals I stitched into the circles...those are hiding a whole slew of mistakes: stitching out of the circle shape, stitching off the ditch, stitching into the circle.

Yep, I made about every mistake in the book and hid most of the bad circles by filling them with spirals. See how it all worked in this video:

Wishing you could join in the fun of this quilt along? Jump into this project and get everything you need - both piecing AND free motion quilting designs in the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern.
free motion quilting | Leah Day
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free motion quilting | Leah DaySo circles can be a real beast, particularly in blocks like this. Just take your time, stitch slowly and don't obsess about your mistakes. Just fill your wonky circles with spirals or use a sharpie marker to color your thread when you jump out of the ditch. It's far easier to cover it up than rip it out!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. I like the spiral in the circle. I might have to use this one in the new QAYGFMQAL! :) With full credit to you of course!!!


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