Flower Variations–The Free Motion Quilting Tutorial


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Good Morning, Quilters!   Thank you to all of you who solved the “Bushel and a Peck” mystery (see more in A Valentine for my Mother…the song is from Guys and Dolls.   Also, I really enjoyed last Friday’s discussion about Quilt Labels.  I will be changing how I stitch my labels now–into the FMQ and into the bindings.  Sad to think we have to be so theft-aware with our quilts!

The Flower Variation Tutorial

A frequent request from readers is more explanation on using the motifs and tutorials in quilts.  In today’s tutorial we begin with  The Square Flower Tutorial and try stitching it in several variations to fit different quilt shapes.

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Many quilts employ The Half Square Triangle.  One way to use our Flower design in a Half Square Triangle is to stitch the center of the flower in one of the corners.

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The other half of the square could be left with minimal quilting…

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Or…another Half Square Flower could be added in the opposite corner…

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We can also stitch the center of the flower ON the middle line

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Leave the other half of the square with minimal stitching to emphasize the  flower design.

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Another common quilt shape is the Quarter Square Triangle

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Our flower could be adapted to fill this pattern as well.  Again, a simple outline of the other triangles looks great and emphasizes the Flower Motif.

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 We can vary the look of The Square Flower by  changing the position of the center

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Each flower has a different look.

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This adds another dimension to any square.

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The next time you have a shape to fill, try the very Variable Flower on your quilt!

NOTE–This tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 820 (without a BSR) using Robison-Anton rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The squares are 4-1/2inches.

Happy Stitching,


PS…All tutorials, information and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other purpose please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com….Thanks!

30 thoughts on “Flower Variations–The Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

  1. AND THAT my friends is why I find myself wishing for more than one Tues. in my week. I would have never moved the center on my own…that is just too cute and very awesome. Thanks for rocking my little square box…how do you come up with this stuff..what inspires you? It’s working whatever it is. 🙂

  2. You are so great to show the designs that you are quilting, I love these square flowers, will have to try them soon, love your blog, thanks for all you do!

  3. Hi Lori, I’m looking for a fairly simple design to use for a very busy 7″ blocks log cabin quilt that has 144 blocks. I think since there are so many seams that I don’t want it to get stiff with stitching.I bet you have an idea 😉

    • Hi Theresa, Check out the log cabin I did–it’s the first quilt in my Trunk Show (Top Header under quilts) That pattern worked very well for crossing the seams. If you need help figuring it out, let me know…

      • Thank you for that idea! I should mention that this is a wedding quilt for my daughter and son-in-law who live and work in West Africa half the year and northern Colorado the other half. So it reflects their life at the ocean, forest and mountains going from blues to greens to browns to blue again for the water. So the wavy motif would be nice. Do you think I should keep it simple because of all the color changes and such?

  4. How about a snowflake filler for hexagons? I’m still stuck in winter for another 2 or more….
    Thank you Lori, for these ideas.

  5. Loved this square flower! And what timing. Just finished a quilt and was trying to think up a flower design for the small squares and voila! Thank you so much. Sue

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