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Free Motion Quilting Motif How-To

on Aug 8, 2012 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 6 comments

I recently quilted a baby quilt with a unique echoed swirl design and I thought I’d show you how I made that design with my sewing machine. (The how-to is done with Sharpie on Paper. Do NOT put Sharpie on your quilt, of course. Those should be stitching lines- but I’m sure you totally already know that.)

Step 1:

Draw horizontal lines, with a small swirl every 4-6 inches or so. Make a second, parallel line, with swirls, but stagger their placement. The second row, and subsequent rows, will need to be about 4-6 inches below the first.

Step 2:

Make an echo stitch, or stitching line that follows the same shape, 1/4″- 1/2″ away from the top edge of these swirled lines. I made two echo stitching lines.

Step 3:

Repeat Step 2, echo stitching two rows along the bottom edge of the swirled lines.

Step 4:

Fill with pebbles in between the two echoed swirled lines.



  1. Beautiful quilting pattern, thanks for sharing! I already tried it out on a sample piece.


    August 8, 2012

  2. Cool design! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely try this!


    August 12, 2012

  3. I love this design and plan to try it on a grandson’s quilt. I think it might be perfect for the pattern and fabrics.


    August 12, 2012

  4. Hi Jen: Jackie from the Altus quilt guild. Love this FM design and will try it. Did not realize that you “free motioned.” You have many talents. Regards, Jackie

    jackie hubert

    September 11, 2012

  5. Love your design, thank you so much for sharing it.


    December 11, 2014

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