Free Motion Quilt Tutorial: The Feathered Leaf

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialGood morning, Quilters!

I hope you had time to create a little rose garden using Nora’s Rose free motion quilt tutorial last week…

Today, I have a gorgeous free motion quilt leaf pattern for you:  The Feathered Leaf.  

This pattern is a Beginner free motion quilt pattern…It can be used on a border or as a background motif...


Begin by drawing two parallel lines or “rails”.  Rails are drawn lines that provide guidelines for our free motion stitching.  In the sample below, the lines are two inches apart.

In the middle of the lines, add “tick” marks every four inches.  This will be the length of the leaf.

(NOTE:  In the sample below, I stitched horizontally from left to right, but you could stitch from right to left or vertically--whichever works best for you and the quilt on which you are working.)

Begin stitching on the first tick mark.  Stitch a curvy line and end at the second tick mark and STOP.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch close to the wavy line a short distance to create a point, then stitch scallops back to the beginning of the wavy line.  Stitch the last scallop to a point at the beginning of the wavy line.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNow stitch the scallops on top of the wavy line…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialAgain, stitch a point at the right end of the wavy line…That completes the first Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch the next wavy line to begin another Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOnce the entire row of Feathered Leaves is complete, echo stitch and add a little spiral occasionally.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialStagger the Feathered Leaves in a row to fill a large space.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOr stitch angled Feathered leaves

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialIn a border…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialThis is an elegant free motion quilt pattern that would look great on ANY quilt!

TOMORROW:  A small quilt featuring The Feathered Leaf in the border…

See you then,

Leafy Lori

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23 thoughts on “Free Motion Quilt Tutorial: The Feathered Leaf

  1. Your tutorials are so clear; I love them! However, could you please continue to update your tutorial index? I just realized that Nora’s rose, the baseballs, and this Feathered Leaf are not on the index, so I will have to start making my own index if I am ever going to find these motifs again.

  2. Have you considered putting your tutorial in either .pdf or a printable form? I cut and paste the tutorials in Word so I can print them and refer to them more easily when at the sewing machine. It doesn’t work well to have the PC by the machine because of room. If you do this – make cure the copyright is on the page.

    • I’m looking forward to trying this in borders! Lovely. I am learning to free motion quilt with an Bernina Artista 640–what is your favorite batting? I’m having tension issues and was told it might be the batting.
      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love! Love! Love!!!!! So cute! Good job Lori! I can hardly wait to try it! How do you come up with these! So happy you share…thanks :)!

  4. This is a lovely addition to your wonderful tutorials! It made me think of pea pods, however, especially after the echo stitching was added with the swirls. Whatever you call it, it is great. Thanks so much for doing this for the quilting world.

    • So glad you like it. It’s one of my favorites! I will be showing the peapod version later this month.

  5. This was just what I needed to finish the border of a small quilt. It’s the perfect finish. Now just have yo get the binding on. Thanks so much.

  6. I think this motif is one of the best I have seen I have not tried it yet but I will tomorrow, I think the pdf idea is good thanks

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