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FMQ Lesson #8 // 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.

This post is entitled “FMQ” Lesson, but for the Phoenix and Pixelate blocks I decided to pull out my walking foot and do some straight outline quilting. Both of these blocks have a lot of thick seams which can make free motion quilting much harder. It is possible, but I really wanted to save you all the headache when the walking foot does such a good job.

What is a walking foot?


A walking foot is a special foot for your sewing machine made for machine quilting. It has feed dogs above your fabric and below so that all layers feed evenly and prevents against puckering. Is it required? No, you can use a basic foot, but make sure your block is basted well so nothing shifts. Do you need to backstitch? Well if you want your quilting to look super clean then I suggest burying your threads just as we have done before, but if you are not too concerned than you can backstitch at the start and finish.

Pixelate Block



For the Pixelate block I decided to keep it simple. To quilt your block in the same way…

  • Set your stitch length to 3. Began by first stitching in the ditch around the block/border.

  • While you still have your background color thread in your machine echo ¼” inside each background color square.

  • For the borders quilt random spaced rectangles.

  • Bury threads and trim block down to 14.5”.

Phoenix Block



For the Phoenix block I echoed a few of the inner shapes. To quilt your block in the same way…

  • Start by quilting in the ditch between the borders and block around all 4 sides.

  • Start quilting and echo the innermost square two times with 1/4" spacing.

  • Start quilting and echo the second innermost square one time with 1/4" spacing.

  • Start quilting and echo the plus sign shape with 1/4" spacing.

  • Start quilting and echo the outermost on point square one time with 1/4" spacing.
  • Fill all the borders with diagonal straight lines approx. 1" apart.

  • Bury the threads and trim block down to 14.5”.

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  • Regina Conner says...

    MAC is old and wacked. But I just wanted to say…."I loved this project, and it really made me work, You did a great, inspirational job. KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB……..AND I WILL FINISH…..JUST LOVE THE QAYG METHOD……ARE YOU GOING TO SHOW US HOW TO PUT THIS TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSPIRATION.


    On August 20, 2014

  • Regina Conner says...

    OMG, Alyssa, this was such a PIMA BOM, (read between the lines on my initials) \!!!!!! This was a welcome challenge! It was thought provoking, a-take-to-work-problem to figure out BOM (this way you can ignore concerns at work with other people and do your job) I

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy of IN says...

    I know I probably got all of these but I just realize I didn’t save. Can I start at lesson 1?

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Regina! I am so glad you have enjoyed it. Hope you will join me for next years :)

    On August 20, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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