The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Machine Quilt Block #4

Monday, April 11, 2016

How to Machine Quilt Block #4

It's time to machine quilt block #4 in the Machine Quilting Block Party

Last Friday I shared an extra tip video on Pebbling so you could practice quilting that skill building design over the weekend. Today we're going to machine quilt Pebbling, Sharp Stippling, and a marked sun motif to finish this block beautifully.

Remember, you can join this quilting block party anytime! Just pick up your block patterns and follow along with the videos as you learn more about piecing and machine quilting.

In this video, make sure to watch the section when I machine quilted Pebbling into the background of the Spinning Sun block. I often used half or quarter circle shapes to bounce along the ditch lines instead of having to stitch in the ditch.

I also explained how to avoid hesitation knots at the beginning of the video. These little knots often happen to beginning quilters, but with practice it's really easy to fix this issue.

So now that we've finished up block #4 are you seeing an improvement in your piecing and machine quilting skills? Are you feeling more confident and able to quilt projects you've created in the past?

If you're not seeing drastic improvement, consider adding a little extra practice time every day. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge change to your machine quilting skills.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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