Tuesday Tutorial–The Open Leaf with Spiral

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Welcome!  It is Tuesday Tutorial Day and I would like to welcome all of the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt--Thank you to The Crafty Pioneer who sent you our way and to all of you who have pinned us on Pinterest!  I’m so glad you’re here — please check out the “Quilt” tab above for more free motion quilting tutorials.  We have many more on the sewing table…

Today’s design is The Open Leaf with Spiral.  It is a variation of the Open Leaf–a little “dressier”.  It looks great when combined with The Greek Key or other linear patterns.  

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For this design, begin by drawing three lines or “rails”.  In the image below, the lines are 3/4 inch apart.  Begin stitching on the middle rail a few stitches, then curve to the right rail.  Stitch along the right rail for several stitches and stop (with your needle down).

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, sweep toward the middle rail and sew a curl…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch outside of your curl and back to the middle rail…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now you are ready to stitch the left side.  Stitch a few stitches along the middle rail, curve to the left rail and stitch along it a few stitches, then stop…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch the curl, and back to the center rail…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Now keep going…

Open Leaf with Spiral Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I love this pattern because it looks rather formal and it is easier than it looks.  There’s a variation on this called The Double Open Leaf with Spiral   that is perfect for a fuller, wider border.   We will save that for now because next week we are stitching a fabulous flower border—We need flowers! –(Still snow on the ground here in Minnesota.)

16 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial–The Open Leaf with Spiral

  1. Am enjoying your site,am busy practising “busy leaf with spiral” am in Australia with a beautiful sunny day

  2. This was my lucky day…I found YOU! I am FMQ a scrappy table runner and had already used a few of my stash of designs. But I was hungry for some new ones and found your designs and tutorials and so today I finished quilting my table runner. Loved the open leaf spiral, waves, fleur de lis (after all I live in Louisiana) and tulips/figure 8’s. Now I will follow your blog. Thanks for your creativity and your excellent tute’s!

  3. do you have tips about type of threads tension needle up or down ? i have been hand quilting for 35 years started machine piecing 10 years ago and still needle turn my applique. recently started following machine quilting and would love some tips. your work is exceptionally beautiful!

  4. This is a beautiful design. I’m going to try it. I live in Ontario Canada and it is bitter cold out and lots of snow so I’m starting to get to my quilting. Thank you very much for these designs.

  5. Is this a technique that requires a longarm machine or do you think it could be tackled on a domestic sewing machine?

  6. Did you ever post The Double Open Leaf with Spiral as mentioned above? I’m on the hunt for leaves, so I put the word “leaf” into your new SEARCH BOX and found several to study. There were some missing that I could see in my mind’s eye, but I couldn’t remember the names. So I just went to all the tutorials and started scrolling through. That’s where I found the particular one I was looking for … The Welsh Leaf.

    Then I also found The Open Leaf and The Open Leaf with Spiral (these do not come up in the “leaf” SEARCH either). At the end of the tutorial for the latter, I noticed your comment about doing The DOUBLE Open Leaf withSpiral but it does not come up in the SEARCH. I’ll bet it’s a fancy one.

    Anyway, I found enough ideas with all my scrolling to experiment on a little project I threw together to use up some old or odd pieces of fabric – good for beginner practice. I have some patterned (plaid) squares, some HST, and some solid squares. I’m going to summon my courage and try The Oak Leaf with Acorns on the solid squares as a stand-alone motif. Thanks to your broken-down, step-by-step instruction, I know I can make a good run at it … I will probably sketch some “cheater lines” to help, though.

    • Glad you’re having fun with leaves! They are such a classic motif! I never did a tutorial for “The Double”–I will do one in April…It is a fun and pretty motif! Thanks for the reminder!

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