Building Blocks Quilt Pattern Print Version

Build skills for quilt piecing AND machine quilting block by block!

Building Blocks is a beginner sampler quilt pattern designed to help you build skills for both piecing and free motion quilting on your home sewing machine.

This Print Version is a loose leaf, shrink wrapped stack of 104 pages. We've included extra copies of the special template pages so you will have all the pages you need to get started. This pattern is printed in black and white, with full size 8 inch quilting guides perfect for marking your blocks. 

Please note: Because this is a loose leaf pattern, we cannot accept returns if the wrapping is broken. Click Here to find the downloadable Ebook Version.

Building Blocks Beginner Quilt Pattern
Building Blocks Sampler Quilt Pattern
Finished Size 48" x 56"

The Building Blocks Quilt was shared in a quilt along with Leah and Josh Day in 2014. Check out all of the quilting tutorials we shared for this project and follow along step by step!

Why is it so important to learn piecing and quilting at the same time?

The fact is that most quilters get started only focusing on piecing, and this creates a lot of pretty quilt tops, but unfortunately not many finished quilts! To finish a quilt, you have to quilt it, and it's time to learn how to build these skills at the same time.

Within this pattern you will learn how to piece 12 unique quilt blocks. You'll get plenty of practice piecing each block three to four times to create a total of 42 blocks for your quilt.

After piecing a block, you'll then mark the surface with a corresponding free motion quilting design, and quilt on the marked lines. Quilting on marked lines this way is perfect for beginning quilters because you can focus your attention on moving the block and matching that movement with the speed of your machine.

The best part about this pattern is it includes both piecing AND quilting designs!

Building Blocks Beginner Quilt Pattern

The quilting for this sampler quilt been carefully designed using simple shapes like straight lines, spirals, and circles. While these quilting designs might be simple in nature, we will learn many ways to use them and watch as they transform your pieced blocks completely.

One thing is for sure, you’re definitely not going to read “Quilt as desired” in this quilt pattern!

All 42 quilting designs are provided in full size 8 inch quilting guides, which you can use to mark your blocks and make the free motion quilting process easier. If you'd prefer not to mark your blocks, use the guides for tracing on paper so you can get even more practice!

Building Blocks sampler quilt front and back

The best part about this quilt pattern is you're not alone!

All of the blocks of this pattern have already been pieced and quilted by Leah and Josh Day in the 2014 Building Blocks Quilt Along. Click Here to find all the videos we shared on this project.

Note: You will need a high speed internet connection to watch the videos on YouTube.

Of course, you will already have all the piecing and quilting information within the pattern and you can work at your own pace, but if you're needing to see a visual guide, make sure to check out each videos so you see how Leah and Josh quilted each block in this quilt.

The videos will remain online forever so you can begin your Building Blocks Quilt anytime!

Material and Supply list for the Building Blocks Quilt

  • 2 ¾ yards feature fabric – Fabric A
  • 3 ½ yards background fabric – Fabric B
  • 3 ¼ yard backing fabric - or - 42 precut (10”) squares
  • 1 ¾ yard binding (for connecting the blocks and binding the edges)
  • Batting - 62” x 72” minimum
  • Piecing Thread that matches Fabric A
  • Quilting Thread that contrasts with fabric like Isacord
  • Marking Pen / Pencil
  • 1/6 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing like French Fuse
  • Freezer Paper
  • Spray starch

The Building Blocks Sampler Quilt Pattern is also available in an Ebook Edition. This downloadable edition will save you money on shipping and it will arrive immediately via a download link in your email.

This format is great for quilters on the go who prefer to purchase downloadable patterns that can be opened and read on a tablet, or printed out as needed. Click Here to check out the Ebook version of this pattern.