Sewing Scissors-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedGood Morning, Quilters!

Today we have Sewing Scissors–the last (for now) of The Sewing Room Series of Free Motion Quilt Tutorials.  I hope you are all going to make a little quilt to hang in your sewing room!


Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedThis motif can be stitched any size.  I have provided guidelines just to give you a start at proportions.  Make the handles or the blades longer to match your sewing scissors.

Begin by drawing a rectangle:  2-1/2″ wide by 3-1/2″ tall.  Drop down 1/4 inch from the top line and draw a line 1-3/4″ long.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a narrow triangle around the drawn line.

Scissors, Free Motion Quilted

Stitch to the left a few stitches, then stitch on the drawn line and echo stitch back.  (You may stitch all the way to the tip or stop a few stitches short to avoid a build up of stitches at the tip.)

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a small rectangle at the base of the blades.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch a spiral in the rectangle and exit out the middle of the rectangle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch down, then stitch a spiral.  Spiral in, then spiral out and reconnect with the rectangle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedStitch to the right and create the ride sided handle.

Scissors, Free Motion QuiltedJust remember…These are SEWING scissors…Don’t use on paper or you’ll incur your Mother’s Wrath!

Have fun with these…Add your initial in place of the spiral or add a little heart.

Tomorrow…a small quilt with Sewing Notions.

Happy cutting, Happy stitching!


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PPS…This tutorial was stitched on Kaufman Kona fabric with Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester thread and Aurifil cotton thread in the bobbin using a Topstitch 90 needle on my Domestic Sewing Machine:  The BERNINA 820.

8 thoughts on “Sewing Scissors-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. You gave me the inspiration for this little quilt a few weeks ago as the weather was cold and snowy. I included a spool with the little feathers like you added, with thread floating down to connect to a needle and then continuing on to scissors, a tomato pin cushion and thimble and then to a quilt block. I entitled it “My Happy Place” and hung it right in the doorway of my sewing room. It was so much fun to make and one day I want to make one with appliqué and more FM quilting. Always looking for more wonderful ideas from you. Thanks for sharing with everyone as it is really appreciated and oh so welcome.

  2. I just love your drawing style…so fresh and friendly. what stitch-stitch length do you use? There seems to be a bit of space between each stitch? Lovely.

    • Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your kind words! Because I am free motion quilting without a stitch regulator, I don’t set a stitch length. The stitch length is simply determined by how fast I move the quilt under the needle.

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