Building Blocks Quilt Pattern DOWNLOAD Version

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

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

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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 the project and follow along as you make your quilt!

Introduction
Piecing Tips Quilt Marking Building Block Stencils 
Building Blocks Cheater Cloth Basting, Batting, and Backing Tips Free Motion Quilting Tips and Tools
How to Start and Stop Quilting 1. Piece a Four Patch Block 2. Quilt a 4 Patch with Wiggly U's
Josh's Wiggly U Shapes 3. Quilt a 4 Patch with Gridlines Josh's Gridlines
4. Quilt a 4 Patch with Spirals Josh's Spirals in a 4 Patch 5. Piece a 9 Patch Block
6. Quilt a 9 Patch with Lines Josh's Lines in a 9 Patch Block 7. Quilt a 9 Patch with Circles
Josh's Circles in a 9 Patch 8. Quilt a 9 Patch with Wiggly Pasta Josh's Wiggly Pasta in a 9 Patch
9. Piece a Rail Fence Block 10. Quilt a Rail Fence with Lines Josh Quilts Straight Lines in a Rail Fence
11. Quilt a Rail Fence with Wiggles & Teeth Josh's Wiggles and Teeth 12. Quilt a Rail Fence with Cursive
13. Quilt a Rail Fence with Circles and Stairs Josh's Circles and Stairs in a Rail Fence 14. Piece a Modern Building Block
15. Quilt a Building Block with Stippling Josh's Stippling in a Building Block 16. Quilt a Building Block with Gridlines
Josh's Gridlines in a Building Block 17. Quilt a Building Block with Circuit Board Josh's Circuit Board in a Building Block
18. Piece a Cheater Drunkard's Path 19. Lines and Grids in a Drunkard's Path 20. Quilt Wiggly Lines in a Drunkard's Path
Josh's Wiggly Lines in a Drunkard's Path 21 Spirals and Echoes in a Drunkard's Path Josh's Spirals in a Cheater Drunkard's Path
22. How to Piece a Pinwheel Block 23. Free Motion Quilt Zigzags in a Pinwheel Josh Quilts Zigzags in a Pinwheel Block
24. Quilt a Pinwheel Block with Spirals and Pebbling Josh's Spirals and Pebbling in a Pinwheel 25. Quilt a Pinwheel Block with Wiggly Lines
Josh's Wiggly Lines in a Pinwheel Block 26. Quilt Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block Josh's Echo Shell in a Pinwheel Block
27. Piece a Disappearing Nine Patch 28. Quilt Lines and Stars in a Disappearing 9 Patch Josh's Lines and Stars in a Disappearing 9 Patch
29. Disappearing 9 patch with Circles and Spirals Josh's Circles and Spirals in a Disappearing 9 Patch 30. Stippling and Echoes in a Disappearing 9 Patch
Josh's Stippling and Echoing in a Disappearing 9 Patch 31. Paper Piece a Spinning Square Block 32. Quilt Lines in a Spinning Square
Josh's Straight Lines in a Spinning Square 33. Quilt Stippling in a Spinning Square Josh's Stippling in a Spinning Square
34. Quilt Circles in a Spinning Square Josh's Circles in a Spinning Square 35. Wiggly Spiral in a Spinning Square
Josh's Wiggly Spirals in a Spinning Square 36. How to Piece a House Block 37. Quilt Straight Lines in a House Block
Josh's Straight Lines in a House Block 38. Quilt a House Block with Wiggles and Matrix Josh's Wiggles & Matrix in a House Block
39. Quilt a House Block with Wiggles Josh's Wiggles in a House Block 40. Quilt Circles and Echoes in a House Block
41. Piece a Basket Block 42. Quilt Lines & Matrix in a Basket Block Josh's Lines & Matrix in a Basket Block
43. Quilt a Basket Block with Stippling and Echo Shell Josh's Stippling & Echo Shell in a Basket Block 44. Circles and Wiggles in a Basket Block
45. Quilt a Basket Block with Pebbles Josh's Pebbles and Echoes in a Basket Block 46. How to Piece a Sawtooth Star
47. Leah and Josh Quilt Lines in a Sawtooth Star 48. Quilt Spirals in a Sawtooth Star 49. Gridlines and Circuit Board in a Sawtooth Star
50. How to Piece a Slash Star Block 51. Free Motion Quilt Super Star in a Slash Star 52. Quilt a Slash Star with Pebbles and Spiral
53. Quilt Easy Wiggles in a Slash Star 54. Quilt Stippling and Echoes in a Slash Star Sizes and Connection Methods
Quilt as You Go Connecting Building Blocks How to Bind a Quilt by Machine


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