The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Hyacinth, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s the fourth day of Spring, and snow is blanketing the gardens of Minnesota–dashing any thoughts of purple or pink hyacinths outside…

So, a Spring Quilt will have to do for present….

Today, a tutorial

Tomorrow, a vase quilt to share…


Hyacinth, Free Motion Quilting

This motif is a great border pattern and it can be easily altered to fill a square.

When first learning this motif, it may be helpful to draw a few lines to help establish the proportions.

Begin by drawing a rectangle, 2 inches tall by 1-1/2 inches wide.

Begin stitching in the middle of the bottom line.  Stitch a straight line, 3/4 of the distance to the top line.  Retrace the stitches back to the middle of the rectangle.


Stitch three scallops on the right side, tapering to a point at the middle.


Taper down to the left side, mirroring the scallops.

Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy006Stitch down the stem line, stopping a few stitches above the bottom line.  Begin the left leaf by stitching an angled line to the left border then stitch a small circle.


To complete the leaf, stitch a wavy line tapering away from the circle and again tapering at the stem.

Stitch the right leaf in the same way.  Stitch on the baseline to begin the next Hyacinth.Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy003

A row of Hyacinths would make a beautiful border on any quilt or table runner.

Hyacinth, Free Motion Quilting

When stitching the Hyacinth larger, add echo stitching for more fullness.
Hyacinth.FMQ.LKennedy001To fill a square, arrange the Hyacinths on a diagonal.

Hyacinth, Free Motion Quilting








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PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 (No BSR) with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.  Kona cotton and Warm and Natural cotton batting…

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34 thoughts on “The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. I love hyacinths! So darling thanks! I can almost smell their fragrance! Hurry warm weather! We woke up to snow today too! Blah!

  2. You are so clever. I enjoy seeing how you’re going to express your creativity next. Thanks for sharing your talent and expertise with us.

  3. My hyacinths have bloomed in lavenders but had to be staked and supported since they are top heavy but the fragrance is wonderful! Will need to learn how to quilt it to add to my quilts.

  4. THANK YOU so much for this awesome tutorial! I am new to fmq and just ripped out my feeble attempts at fmq on my quilt. It is too big for me learn on. I can actually understand every step of your hyacinth tutorial , and am going to practice making this flower in small areas!

  5. I have been sick the past week and now I am ready to get in the sewing room. I am going to try this hyacinths pattern the very first thing!

  6. I paid for the online class you held a week or so ago and could not attend. You said there was a link you would be sending out for those that couldn’t make the live event. Have you sent it out yet? I really hope I didn’t miss it!! Thanks!!

  7. The hyacinth is lovely! Thank you! So sorry you have snow….here in NW WA state we have rain, but lots of daffodils and hyacinths. The deer don’t eat those…..happy spring?!?!

  8. Loved your tutorial, made some notes! One thing you mentioned…I finally found something that helps me quilt…you say you don’t like gloves, but I LOVE Machingers. The only thing wrong was I had to take them off to do anything else. I’ve recently taken a couple of classes on Craftsy from Christina Carmeli, who cuts the thumb and first two fingers off (as you mentioned) her Fons & Porter gloves, and recommends it. I hesitated and was afraid to mess up my Machingers, so bought some F&P gloves and did like Christina. One of the best things I’ve ever learned since I started quilting! You don’t really have to take off the gloves for anything else, and then I also cut my Machingers!..just sayin’…

  9. This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much! It puts Spring in our hearts, in spite of what’s going on outside!

  10. I love all the motifs to add to my quilts. I like to make designs the pick up patterns in the quilt. Your motifs are very creative.

  11. The hyacinths are precious! thanks..I will make them. Our neighborhood quilt group is going to make a swap block of flower baskets for Easter 2016. Are there any daffodils? Mine just finished blooming and it is cold again…drizzly for almost a week. UH,..a question Lori. I am thinking of a frontal, face FMquilting design of my beagle..something very simple but unmistakeably her. Have you ever tried anything like that? I still don’t know how to make my own designs that will start me in right place and not sew myself into a corner and cause excess thread lines that ruin any simplicity. Do you think if I enlarge and copy a photo and doodle it, I could get a design but where to begin the sewing?

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