The Perfect Present for YOU-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FMQ,The Perfect Present, TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!  It’s Tuesday and here at The Inbox Jaunt it’s time for another FREE free motion quilt tutorial… Can you believe there are more than 50 free tutorials here at The Inbox Jaunt!  Thank you for continuing to spread the word!

If you’re just getting started you might like Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting and How to Choose a Needle...

Today I have The Perfect Present for YOU!  Leave all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, and paperwork behind for a few minutes and doodle!  If you have a sandwich, gnosh on that now—0r better yet, stitch your (quilt) sandwich…

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

If you are lucky enough to have a long arm, this pattern is for you!  If you’re like me, stitching on a fabulous sewing machine (I stitch on a Bernina 820) then this motif is for YOU, too!  This sample was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt in the top, using a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle.

Begin by drawing three lines, equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch straight up to the middle rail and then stitch on the middle rail several stitches.  This is the middle of your present.

Next, stitch a curved line over the side of your package and back to the center…this creates the ribbon tie.

Stitch a double loop–to begin your bow.

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Stitch two more double loops to complete the bow…they can all be the same size, or the middle one can be a bit bigger.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

Next, stitch the right ribbon tie.  Curl the ribbon up and echo back to the center of the bow.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

Carefully stitch the right side of the package, stopping in the center of the bottom of the box.  Avoid crossing the right ribbon.  Also, keep the right side of the package symmetrical with the left side of the package.

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To create the ties on the side of the box, stitch up from the center bottom-creating a “plus” sign.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

When the “plus” sign is complete, stitch on the bottom rail back to the start of your package to seal the box.

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Stitch under the entire package and begin another Perfect Present…

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

In less than a twinkle, you’ll have all of your gifts wrapped and ready for delivery!

I have more presents for you–straight from the North Pole…(And Aurifil, The Stencil Company, Bear Patch Quilting, and King Arthur Flour)

On Wednesday, I have a little project I’ve been wrapping up…and on Thursday–another Giveaway--this time Five Golden Winners!!!


PS…If you need tags for your presents you might like this quilt…

And if you need some ideas to decorate your FMQ trees, you’ll love this tutorial on Decorating Christmas Trees with Free Motion Quilting...(It was one of my first!)

PPS…Please share this tutorial with all of your “Quilty Friends” and on Pinterest, or by re-blogging.

All photos and tutorials are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt–no commercial use without permission.

25 thoughts on “The Perfect Present for YOU-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

  1. Lori! I am so glad you are up bright and early! Sitting in Tampa airport waiting so hurry and checked for your tutorial! ! It’s adorable as always and I’ll be doodling it all the way to MSP! ! Thanks for the referrals to other posts too..can’t wait to check them out!

  2. Ok! The trees and tags are adorable! Nice job Lori! Oh and the poinsettia! I’m ready to doodle and I’ll have to have that sewing machine smokin’when I get home if I’m going to get done by Christmas! Lol!

  3. This is great! I love all your tutorials, you have such clear instructions. Will be having fun with this today.

  4. Thank you they are so cute and I can’t wait to start practising them. You are so wonderful to create such masterpieces for us all.

  5. Thank you Lori, for the cute present! what a great idea to use as a border piece. I will be working on this tonight……..

  6. Brilliant! And so cute! This would make a great border on a Christmas Quilt. I don’t know how you come up with all these great ideas, but I’m glad you do and appreciate your sharing them with all of us! Thank you!

  7. Another great quilting pattern!! Thank you 🙂 Now I just need to make something specifically for Christmas so I can use your great designs!! Maybe a customer will give me one to quilt for them and I’ll be ready!!!

  8. Ohhhhhhhh! Adorable! Thank you so much Lori! Just in time for my Mom’s Christmas quilt border, in a bit larger size! You are so clever! Enjoy your holidays!

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