The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Quilt a Star Crossed Block

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Quilt a Star Crossed Block

It's quilting time! Last week we learned how to paper piece a Star Crossed block and this week it's time to machine quilt it with circles, Sharp Stippling, and straight lines.

Learn how to machine quilt this beautiful Star Crossed block in a video tutorial with Leah Day

I quilted this with a combination of walking foot quilting and free motion quilting, but you could quilt this block completely with free motion quilting if you're feeling adventurous or just don't want to break thread so much.

I have to admit stitching in the ditch is much, much easier with my walking foot so it was worth the extra thread breaks! See what I mean in this new video quilting tutorial:

Click Here to find the pattern for block #9.

You may have noticed that I've been repeating certain quilting designs and motifs within the Sunshine Surprise quilt. This is a technique that helps make a sampler quilt look more cohesive. When you see a cool motif in one corner, then used again in another corner it makes the quilt look more organized, even if the blocks are very different.

Learn how to piece and quilt this beautiful sampler quilt with Leah Day

For the last three blocks we'll repeat designs we've already learned like Matrix, Fuse Fire, and Pebbling so you'll get more practice and create a finished quilt that looks balanced and well designed.

As you can see from the quilt above, Sunshine Surprise is definitely looking beautiful! I'll be sharing a video on Wednesday on how to trim and connect your blocks together, quilt-as-you-go style so your quilt will be nearly complete as we enter the last three months of this project.

Have you checked out our fun contest in the Block Party Facebook Group? If you're needing a push to catch up and piece and quilt all nine blocks by the end of the month definitely check out the contest and share a photo for a chance to win a free copy of Block #10!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I couldn't figure out if you had stitched in the ditch around the red triangles? I think that I would like to and it seems to make sense to me but I just wondered what you did and why. Thanks for this project and all the instruction videos.

    1. Yes, I stitched in the ditch around the red triangles after quilting the orange wedges. Double check the video around the time 13:29 and you'll be able to see me move through the triangles then on to the next wedge shape.


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