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FMQ Lesson #4 // Skill Builder BOM

This post is part of a series of posts for the Skill Builder BOM (Block of the Month). To learn more about the block of the month or to see a list of all posts click here.

How are your Chev N’ Hex and Diamond Carat blocks coming along? I know these two blocks are hard, but rest assured they may be the most time consuming of the entire year. I have seen a few finished blocks pop up in the flickr group and I am blown away by how beautiful they are!

April 2013 - Skill Builder April Block

Diamond Carat by Abby West

Diamond carat

Diamond Carat by Lauren Jonkman

Block 8 Diamond Caret Diamond Carat by Nanners1222

Diamond Carat Diamond Carat by Christine Slaughter

Diamond Carat Diamond Carat by craftykatDiamond Carat Block Centre Diamond Carat by mrslairIMG_3889 Diamond Carat by Cristy FincherMaking progress. Chev N' Hex by Karen ChattersHexies BOM Skill builder-quilt Chev N' Hex by SusieDWChev N Hex EPP Block Chev N' Hex by SheLuvs2Craft003 Chev N' Hex by Jan Roberts

There are more in progress blocks in the Flickr Group so be sure to check them out.

Lesson #4

This month I decided to stick with the same quilting designs (organic lines, wave, pebbles, swirls, echoing) we have used the last three months and practice them even more. I want you all to really feel comfortable with these designs before we start to introduce new designs. When I introduce new designs in the coming months I will bring back the FMQ video tutorials.

Your Progress

How are you doing with the Free Motion Quilting thus far? What are the challenges? Do you feel you are getting a little more comfortable with each block? Can you see yourself quilting an entire quilt with FMQ?

Chev N' Hex Block

For the Chev N’ Hex block I decided to quilt a different design in each colored chevron.  To quilt your block in the same way…

  • Began by first stitching in the ditch around the block/border.
  • While you still have your background color thread in your machine pebble stitch all of the border and bg color hexagons.
  • Fill one color chevron with various sized swirls.
  • Fill another color chevron with wavy lines about 1/4″ apart alternating directions per hexagon.
  • For the final two colored chevrons echo stitch 1/4″ inside the shape of the hexagon chevron.
  • Fill one chevron with bubbles.
  • Fill the last chevron with arches.
  • Bury the threads.
  • Trim block down to 14.5″.

For the Diamond Carat block I wanted to give the look of a shiny diamond. To quilt your block in the same way…

  • Stitch 1/4″ from the edge of your diamond around all sides with the bg color thread.
  • Quilt wavy lines about one inch apart coming out from the diamond around all sides.
  • Go back and fill the one inch spaces with more wavy lines.
  • Fill some of the space with pebble quilting in various places.
  • Switch your machine over to a regular straight stitch with a stitch length of 3, and install your walking foot. Stitch 1/4″ inside all pieces. This will really secure the applique in place which I highly suggest.
  • Bury the threads.
  • Trim block down to 14.5″ square making sure the diamond is centered perfectly.

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Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.