Building Blocks-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I trust you had a happy Memorial Day!

Did you #losethosefatquarters?  Move More?  Eat Less?

I will confess my weekend was a mixed bag -Move More + Eat More…but I’m back on track today!

We’re building new attitudes…#No Excuses!


Today’s tutorial is very similar to the Bricks tutorial, but I think it looks different enough to warrant its own tutorial.

Building Blocks would make a great border, all-over or fill pattern and it could be used to fill in the square corners of any border.

This motif scales to any size–from very large to very small.  In the samples below, the grid is 1-1/2 inch by 1-1/2 inch.

Begin by drawing a grid.  You can use a ruler or a grid stencil.  I used a ruler for this size.

The squares will be stitched clockwise then counter-clockwise.  Each square is 1-1/2 revolutions.

Begin on the left side of the grid and stitch one full clockwise revolution, with rounded edges.

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Offset the stitches, and stitch over the top to begin the next square–counterclockwise.

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Continue stitching counter clockwise.  As you finish the second square, there will be three parallel lines between the motifs.

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The next square will be counter-clockwise…

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At the corner, stitch a full revolution and a 3/4 revolution…machine quilting, Lori Kennedy

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Before you begin the next row….

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Continue stitching the grid.


This is an easy motif to stitch, once you see the pattern.  Draw a grid on paper and DOODLE FIRST!

Plain Building Blocks create a gorgeous texture–with a very hand drawn feeling.

This Background motif is very Modern, but I think it would look great on a traditional quilt as well.

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Once you master the Building Blocks, consider adding embellishments along the way.

The designs can be added once the full square is stitched.

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Add the interior design, then exit the square and continue around the Block to the next motif.

Small Sailboats or Fish would be great!

Spirals are great!

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Or add letters…

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Or my favorite, Stars!

We will be doodling stars on Thursday…

Version 2

Be creative–anything would look cute once you have The Building Blocks!

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Lots more quilting this week!

But get your steps in first!!!

Happy, Healthy Quilting,


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