The Sweet Cherry-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU prefer sweet or sour cherries?  My family is split…but one of our favorite places to visit is Door County, Wisconsin known for it’s sour cherries and delicious cherry pies, salsas, salad dressings, etc.  Since visiting The Door over the Fourth of July, I’ve had bushels of cherries in my Doodle Book.  Today’s tutorial is dedicated to cherry lovers everywhere.  (Next week will be dedicated to pie lovers…)Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QETHE SWEET CHERRY FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

You may like to begin with a rectangle to keep the spacing even.  Use whatever size fits your quilt.  In the tutorial below, the rectangles are 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall.

Stitch a horizontal leaf near the top of the rectangle.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch another leaf to the right of the first leaf.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch a diagonal line to create the first stem and add a small upward curve at the end of the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the previous line of stitching, along the curve.  Add a right sided curve.  Stop here.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Stitch a counter clockwise circle – stitching right over the stem and around.  Stitch over the previous line of stitching and back to the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the stem–creating a double-stitch on the stem and back to the pair of leaves.

Stitch down to create the next stem and the next cherry.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Two cherries look great together, or you may add a third cherry.

When you’ve completed three cherries, stitch back to the top and stitch a small triangle to create a stem above the leaves.
Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEYou may want to tie off after every cluster or simply add a loop-de-loop to begin the next cluster.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEThis is a very cheery cherry--(Shoot! that’s what I should have called this tutorial!)–

Don’t limit yourself to using this only on quilts.  Wouldn’t this be perfect on the hem or pocket of an apron or on a tablecloth?  Be creative!

I’m off to bake  to stitch a pie for next week’s tutorial!  Way less calories!


PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE- A fabulous sewing machine with a gorgeous stitch, using Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.  Aurifil has a lovely light sheen that I love on my backings and it always sews like a dream!  I stitched with a size 80 Topstitch needle without a stitch regulator.

PPS…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 re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!



12 thoughts on “The Sweet Cherry-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. Oh – I like that and I love cherries from Door County, but weird – I hate cherry pie, not sure why. But this design would be so cute in the center of squares on a table topper I’m working on. Thanks for the tute.

  2. I love cherries. They are very addictive and make your teeth look really crazy.
    I love them fresh.
    Is that sudoku paper or fabric under that sandwich?
    This looks so fun.

  3. I grew up with cherry pies from canned filling…..never liked cherry pies!!!! Then visited Door County for REAL cherry pie!!! LOVE!!! Now have to tart cherry trees in our back yard that supply our needs for pies (etc) and wine!!!! Yum!!!!!! Love your “Sweet Cheery Cherries”!!!!

  4. Those cherries are so cute !! We love cherries of all kinds in all forms in our family..Easily seen and understood tutorial… thanks..

  5. Hi Lori, We also just returned from Door Co. A gorgeous place! We try to have family reunions there. This year we somehow managed to get ALL 33 people in our family together! Thank you for the very cute cherry stitches!!

  6. ” I stitched with a size 80 Topstitch needle without a stitch regulator.”
    What do you mean w/o a stitch regulator? I’m learning machine definitions.

    • Hi Linnie, Some machines, like BERNINA, offer an attachment called a Stitch Regulator. This device senses how fast the fabric is moving and adjusts the stitch length accordingly to create even stitches. I do not use one as I learned to quilt before Stitch Regulators were available.

  7. I see you are not using your stitch regulator…..have you been able to switch over to using it or are you so use to stitching without it?

    Happy Sewing

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