Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Sunshine Variations


Squiggly Sun Free Motion Quilt TutorialTHANK YOU FOR SHARING

Good Morning, Quilters!    I want to take a little time to THANK  all of you who have re-blogged, tweeted, Pinned on Pinterest, told a friend or quilt guild about The Inbox Jaunt.  Our numbers keep growing thanks to YOUR efforts!  Keep it up–My goal is to create ONE MILLION (Why dream small?)  fearless free motion quilters and to BAN THE STIPPLE forever!  We can do it, IF we all spread the word!


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It’s Tuesday…time to pull out your Sketch books, Doodle pads, and get to work!

Last Tuesday we worked on The Spirograph Sun Free Motion Quilt Tutorial.  Today, we will look at how to vary that motif to create some very interesting effects.


Free Motion Quilt Sunshine Tutorial

Begin with the basic sun–(draw a 3-1/2inch by 2-1/2 inch rectangle–or ANY size that fits YOUR quilt…)

Stitch the “rainbow” center and add the triangle spikes.

You could just stop here–The basic sun is very simple and lovely…

Or…as you stitch counter-clockwise, add a squiggly triangle…

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialNow your Spirograph Sun becomes a Squiggly Spirograph Sun--Fabulous!

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialOr…made both passes squiggly…YOU’ve got to love this!

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialLet’s go back to the original Spirograph Sun…

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialNow add a little Upward Curl for the second layer…

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialNow we have The Upward Curl Spirograph Sun…Fun and Funky!

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine Tutorial


This time, let’s make two changes:   Add a scallop to the “rainbow” center…

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialThen add a “twisted triangle” for the second layer…

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialNow you have the Twisted Triangle Spirograph Sun!

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine TutorialPut them ALL together…

Forget it!  I can’t even come up with a name for this!  What would YOU name this?

Free Motion Quilt Sunshine Tutorial

I hope this tutorial gives you some new ideas for your next quilt as well as a little insight into how easy it is to modify a quilt motif to suit YOUR quilt!

I’m off…I still have ten more variations I want to try…

Lost in LaLaLand,


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on a Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz Topstitch 90 Needle using Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top using Warm and Natural Cotton Batting…

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30 thoughts on “Free Motion Quilt Tutorial-Sunshine Variations

  1. Your motif’s are so inspiring to this fledgling free motion quilter. I really enjoy seeing all the designs you have. Although I haven’t tried any just yet. I do have your button on my blog though 🙂 Thank you!

  2. You could call it “Medea Rising” – it is truly a wonderful piece! Hope I can make it some day…

  3. I am going to make a quilt with a great big sun in the center for my G’daughter as she loves when I sing ‘YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE’ before naps. How about that for the name.

  4. Love this one – and it got here just in time! I was looking for something different to finish up a few spaces on a baby quilt I’m working on and this is just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. A spirogragh sun and you make a few changes and look at the awesome designs you have now given us. You are so talented, thanks, I plan to use this pattern soon.

  6. I’d call it Rockin’ a Sunbeam! or Spraky! LOL. This is seriously cute…lovin’ it. So this was kind of comical…I’m reading your post’ studying the lovely pics., drinking my coffee like usual and realize I’m humming a funny little tune from way back…think it’s cuz you brought up Spirograph to begin with…and then the words came..a sunbeam, a sunbeam, Jesus wants you for a sunbeam…a song from VBS when I was little. LOL! Anyone else remember that one! I finished the song outloud of course and then laughed at the pic of a fifty something singing at the top of her lungs a kids song and guess what…the notes are still too high…screeching away more like it. LOL! Ok…have a good day. 🙂

  7. Love your button Lori! Of course I had to share it on my blog 🙂 I also share many of your designs on my Pinterest board – followers love them! So many of my friends have told me how much they love your designs and how easy they are once you show them how to do it. I know that you have helped transform my FMQ work… now if I could just find time to get back to quilting!

  8. Lori, It is only with the encouragement and ideas from your website that I decided to free motion quilt my grandaughter’s quilt—it has been fun and rewarding. I would not have thought to use the rayon Sulky but I am loving the results. The quilt has stripes in it that act as the “rails” for some of your designs that I am trying. I will try to send you a picture of it when I am done.
    Thank you for your generous sharing of time and talent.

  9. You have such talent! Thank you so much for sharing it. You have such diversity in your designs. Really, really helps get our brains working.

  10. I love your goal! Although stipple may have its place, you have opened up creative free motion quilting techniques up for all to enjoy and admire. Thanks so much!

  11. I thought the sun last week was super! I’m blown away this week! I LOVE the variations! Thank you so much Lori! Here’s to a million!!!

  12. This was just like joining a kid at play. I found myself scrolling faster and faster to see what the next variation would be. Thanks for the smiles, Lori.

  13. When you add in the squiggles, it doesn’t even matter if you can sew a straight line. It looks like you intended it to be that way! I so look forward to Tuesdays so I can see if I can master what you come up with. Free motion has become more fun that piecing.

  14. I have been so saddened by the loss of Robin Williams today that I didn’t think I could find anything to cheer me up .. .not until I came to your site. You have given your designs to us… willingly, heart-fully, with nothing expected except our pleasure. Thank you for your wonderful uplifting blog and your generosity. I love the last picture .. makes me think of those little spiral ferns that come up underneath the trees boughs deep in the woods. Pinning again~

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