The Free Motion Quilting Project: Josh's Circles in a Spinning Square

Friday, July 25, 2014

Josh's Circles in a Spinning Square

Josh here for a try at circles in a Spinning Square. Just in case you missed it, Leah posted her video about this block yesterday right here. Now for my block...I think this has been my least favorite design yet:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

These circles were tough and I was quilting on the Spoonflower cheater cloth. It's mostly the circle shapes, which get very tiny in places and can be tricky to stitch on the lines. See what I mean in this video:

One thing that's definitely improved after this video - I got rid of that $^*% knee lifter! That thing has been in my way since the beginning and I finally realized I could pull it out and get it out of my way. That would have been good to know back in January...but Leah didn't tell me I could take it out until this video.

Now if you'd like to join in this quilt along and learn how to free motion quilt from a beginner level like me, you can pick up some Spoonflower Cheater Cloth like I'm using right here.

If you'd rather learn how to piece these blocks, you'll need a copy of the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern, available right here.

Let's go quilt,



  1. I had the same issues with my knee lifter and took it out a few months ago. I kept bonking it and I was worried about hurting the machine. The problem is - now that I have it out, I realized I used it a little bit - but not enough to put it back in :P

  2. You did a great job on the circles.

  3. I use the knee lifter a lot, but I think it's poorly placed on the Janome 6600. I'd prefer it closer to my knee ... either the angle of the handle should be more to the left, or the hole should be. I don't find it to be an inconvenience .... so make me one vote in favor of the knee lifter ... I suspect I'll be out voted though.

  4. Poor Jpsh, I am really impressed with your progress. You are doing a great job. Watching you staying calm and getting better and better, your support for Leah is so heartwarming. You are a remarkable man. So few husbands would go public with this process, let alone even try. Keep up the good work, you guys have a special place in my heart. Leah's carefull and encouraging instruction has really helped me improve my quilting. Bye from Texas.

  5. Only wish my circles were as good as yours Josh. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to lots of us.


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