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Block Quilting

“Machine the Block”

Block quilting with a machine is one of the easiest ways to complete a quilt.

There are several ways to go about using a machine, especially your home sewing machine, to put the blocks together and finish out the quilt.

We’ll go over a few of those methods here. 

Get ready for some of the easiest quilting there is.


Piecing the block with a machine is very simple.  Newer sewing machines come with a guide on the sewing plate.  If you cut your fabric even and straight, this makes the perfect seam a cinch.

Another weapon at your disposal is the piecing foot or quilter’s ¼” piecing foot.  This comes with some machines at the time of purchase.  Others can buy the foot separately.  This accessory allows you to see the guide of the ¼ inch seam allowance very clearly.

The last option you have is a trick we learned from our family, masking tape.  Now, before you start to wonder, let us explain. 

The way to use masking tape for this is by aligning the edge of the tape with the guide on your plate that you want to use.  It even works to make your own guide if your machine doesn’t have one on the plate.

This highlights the area with contrast and prevents the tunnel vision that can happen to most people when using a machine.  

In The Ditch

To assemble your finial project, try quilting in the ditch.  It’s an easy method to follow.  Just follow the crease of your pieced top and stay consistent with your movement and stitches.

It’s the perfect quilting method when you worked hard creating the design in your top.  Stitching in the ditch makes your designs pop.

If you don’t know what stitching in the ditch is, here’s a simple explanation.  Stitching in the ditch refers to when you sew in the valley of two sewn pieces.

Continuous Line Quilting

Did you want to draw more attention to your actual quilting rather than your pieced top?

If so, continuous line quilting would be the way to go. 

This technique uses the free motion foot.  The quilter marks on the top with their preferred utensil. Then glide the layers of the quilt under the foot as they stitch on the drawn lines.

Quilters must have absolute control over the materials and plenty of thread ready.  There is less stopping and starting with this method.

To find out more on how to use this method, click on the continuous line quilting link. 

Wrap Up

Now you know how block quilting can be completed by using a sewing machine.  Machines make using blocks a quick and efficient way to make quilts of all sizes.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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