Vary The Maypop Leaf for YOUR Next Quilt


The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted Design

It’s been a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt. I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s guest post from the very creative, Hilary Florence. (Hilary blogs HERE) My machine was smoking late into the evening trying all the variations…Great job,Hilary…Come again any time!


I would like to encourage other bloggers and would-be bloggers to give “guest posting” a try. We’d love to feature YOU here at The Inbox Jaunt!
Though the weather does not reflect the calendar…it is almost Easter!…You might want to try The Easter Egg tutorial HERE and the Bunny tutorial HERE... They are quick projects that you may have time to whip up before Sunday!

Free Motion Quilting, FMQ, Easter, Eggs

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial
On Tuesday, we worked on a versatile motif-The Maypop Leaf. As with all the tutorials, I think it is easiest to learn a pattern if you have a few “rails” or drawn lines to establish scale. Once you learn the motif,  try modifying it to fit YOUR quilt.
The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted DesignFILLING A SQUARE

One way to fill a square with The Maypop Leaf is to draw diagonal lines across the square and stitch leaves radiating out from the center on those lines.
The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted Design
Another way to fill a square: Draw one diagonal line across the square and place two separate Maypop Leafs inside the triangles.
The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted DesignFILLING A TRIANGLE

If you have a triangle to fill: Use one Maypop Leaf like the image above, or two Maypop leaves as in the image below:
The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted Design


Below is a sneak preview of tomorrow’s discussion. We will be talking about using patterned fabric and making samples!
The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted Design

The Maypop Leaf Free Motion Quilted Design
Until next time…Happy Stitching!


Lady Kennedy, Maven of Maypop
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14 thoughts on “Vary The Maypop Leaf for YOUR Next Quilt

  1. Lori, your designs are so inspiring!! I have a question…what do you use to mark your rails? And are you using a long arm or a standard machine?

  2. Thank you, Lori! Your step-by-step photos are perfect for finger-tracing to build “muscle memory.” I’d love to see the stitching in action – have you considered posting videos on YouTube? (Guess what – there’s another Lori Kennedy on YouTube – from Toronto – she’s a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and CEO and Founder of WOW! Weight Loss program.)
    Happy Easter! Happy Quilting!

  3. I find your fmq tutorials really helpful and like to print out parts of them for my notebook of fmq inspiration. I am wondering if you might consider lighter and/or slightly less saturated colors for your background fabrics — the dark colors you are using really go through my printer ink. I realize you are trying to make the stitching stand out, but perhaps it could be a lighter background with dark stitching??
    thanks for all you do!!

  4. I had to Google the Maypop- I wasn’t familiar with it – and the first thing that came up on Google was,
    The Maypop Leaf-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial | The Inbox Jaunt…

  5. Very nice. Very doable, once again. Love the variations you shared too. I just did a sampler using about 5 of your designs. 🙂 Gonna have to do another one soon.

  6. Happy Easter Lori! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorials and all the pictures, showing a variety if options. I’m so glad I found you!

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