‘A” is for Apple…A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial


On my sidebar, you may have noticed the Apple-link to ALL the free motion quilt tutorials (just click on the apple and– magic–all the tutorials appear!) –I have had several requests for a tutorial for the apple.  With the end of the school year just weeks away, one reader suggested The Apple would make a great gift for teachers…Thanks, LaVonne for the idea…so here we go!


Begin by drawing a square.  In the sample below, I drew a six-inch square (using the Clover chaco-liner pen).

Begin stitching 1-1/4 inches below the top line.  Stitch up to create the curvy top of the apple, then down and at a slight angle to the bottom line.  On the bottom line,  stitch a slight wave and then up again to create the left side of the apple.

Do not fret too much about the shape of your apple.  In nature, apples are very oddly shaped. The key is a little wave at the top and bottom of the apple.

NOTE-Leave a small gap between the beginning stitches and the top of the apple which you just stitched.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a triangle stem.  Again, leave a gap–

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch a leaf-single or double.

Stitch through “the gap” and echo the upper left side of the apple.

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch a spiral and echo back to the top of the apple. (See The Spiral tutorial HERE)

This apple is complete the way it is, or you can echo around the entire apple and leaf for a more finished look.  (Not shown here.)

Apple Free Motion Quilt TutorialIf you want a fancy-schmancy apple- (Remember how nice that teacher was to your little tyke….!

Instead of returning to the top of the apple, drop down and add another spiral…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo around the spiral and add more spirals…

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial…until you fill the entire apple.

Then echo stitch around the apple and  knot off. (See Knots HERE and HERE)

An apple so good you’ll want to make a pie!

Apple Free Motion Quilt Tutorial


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched with Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top and Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.


For an  free motion quilted table runner with apples..see HERE

For another (UFO) apple project, check this out HERE

And for a completed apple project HERE


Lori Appleseed

PS…All tutorials, images, and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, tweet, blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.


Giveaway! American Quilter Magazine


American Quilter Magazine


Good Morning, Quilters!  I hope you all had a lovely Easter filled with family, friends, fun and of course, JELLY BEANS!

Last week was busy at The Inbox Jaunt!  Two generous quilters made guest appearances:

On Wednesday we stitched patterns and variations with Hilary Florence HERE and

On Sunday, Peggy Riemer shared a paper piecing pattern HERE!

Thank you for sharing, ladies–We certainly enjoyed your company and your expertise!  Come again any time….


As I reported HERE,  my debut article for American Quilter  (My Line with Lori Kennedy) is on newsstands now!  I was thrilled to see it for sale at my nearby JoAnns store….so thrilled, in fact, that I bought a few extra copies–to share with YOU!

American Quilter Magazine


In order to enter this Giveaway  I’m going to solicit YOUR advice…Please review all the free motion quilt tutorials HERE and pick your favorites.  I will use YOUR favorites for an upcoming column in American Quilter magazine.

American Quilter Magazine

As I have found on Open Line Fridays, YOU are my best advisors…so tell me your favorites and earn a chance to WIN American Quilter Magazine.

You’re THE BEST,


PS…All images, tutorials, and information found here is the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, tweet, pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks a million!

A Paper Piecing Easter Treat

Paper Pieced Version, Easter Sunrise--P. Riemer

Once again, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!

I received this little gift from a reader of The Inbox Jaunt, Peggy Riemer…a paper piecing pattern for today’s Easter photo.  Peggy designed this to share with all of us!  Isn’t it gorgeous!?

You can access the pattern here:


And the color chart here:


Please join me in offering a BIG thank you to Peggy!  Drop by and see her website: Wisconsin Quilting.