Dots and Daisies-a Fun Free Motion (or Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

Dots and Daisies, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Gardeners!

It was a beautiful weekend and I enjoyed a bit of outdoor family time.

The good news…

The garden is blooming in spite of my neglect!  The Daisies are gone, but there are sunflowers, coneflowers and dahlias.  I would like to plant more fall blooming flowers.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  (Don’t forget I live in the tundra–Zone 3-4!)

Today’s tutorial is garden-inspired and doodle-inspired.

I often doodle an old motif (like Dots and Dashes)  and try to add a new spin to it.


This motif is stitched in several passes:  

  • Stitch alternate rows of large and small Dots and Dashes.
  • Stitch the left side of every Daisy on a rows with small Dots.
  • Stitch the right side of the Daisies to mirror image the left side.
  • Repeat for every row of small Dots

This will make more sense when you follow the diagrams below.


Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  (In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.)

Stitch rows of Dots and Dashes, spacing the Dots approximately two inches apart.  Alternate rows of large and small Dots.

Dots and Daisies, Free Motion QuiltingThe Daisies will only be added to the rows with the small Dots.

Begin stitching next to the straight line and halfway between two small Dots.

Stitch a half petal and stop.

Dots and Daisies, Free Motion Quilting


Add two full petals.
Dots and Daisies, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a half petal then stitch down 1-2 stitches to begin the petal of the next Daisy.

Dots and Daisies, Free Motion QuiltingContinue stitch the left side of all the Daisies until you reach the bottom of the row.  Then stitch around the bottom and begin stitching the right side of each Daisy by mirror imaging the left side.

Dots and Daisies, Free Motion Quilting


Dots and Daisies, Free Motion QuiltingThis seems a bit complicated until you doodle it.

This would make a really fun border or background fill on any quilt.  The bold pattern would show up well even on printed fabrics and on pieced quilting.  Give it a try!


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I hope YOU are watching and working on the Challenge at the end of the video???

Hope YOU are soaking up summer…it goes so quickly!


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE (without a stitch regulator) using Aurifil cotton (50 wt) in the bobbin and Superior Threads, Magnifico polyester on top (40 wt).  Adjust your tension to get a perfect stitch!!!

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24 thoughts on “Dots and Daisies-a Fun Free Motion (or Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

  1. Lori, try some zinnias for next year, they bloom for a long time and add a lot of color to a yard.
    Love the daisy design!

      • I love zinnias and have loads of them. They are annuals but just save the flower heads and you will have plenty of seeds for the following year. So cheerful and pretty. I haven’t figured out the right time to sow seeds outdoors. sometime I sow 2 or 3 times before they I guess the later, the better. Mine have just stared to flower last week. Next year I will try starting them indoors in addition to outside.

  2. I like this one for a baby quilt I’m just getting ready to layer and baste! I can’t tell from these photos, but did you mark lines with a pencil or Hera marker first? I will need to do that or else won’t have straight lines! Thank you! I agree with Monika-zinnias are wonderful. Some with larger flowers rival the dahlias I plant and last longer.

  3. I have a hydrangea called “Pinky Winky”. It begins blooming in late July here in SW Michigan. It begins with very lacy cone shaped blooms that are white. As they mature, the blooms fill out with a little larger petals, and they begin to turn pink at the base of the cone. The color spreads towards the tip as the August passes. It becomes darker at the base and looks like ….it thinks it’s called “ombré” fabric, from dark to light. The blooms last into fall. It’s a no care perennial, that just needs pruning in early spring. They can get quite tall, so they are great in the background or as a light hedge. I love them! You can google them for more information.

  4. Zinnias, and any variety of ornamental sunflowers. I live a few hours north in Winnipeg and those work for me. That said, I’ve come to accept my garden doesn’t look great this time of year.

  5. I also juggle gardening and sewing…. I also have Pinky winky, makes a nice dried flower, turns brownish. I buy annual Mums from HD, in the spring, they mature all summer as green round plants, then burst into colour. Pull them out in the spring, put daffs underneath, then plant over the daffs next season.
    Practicing more and more, nothing worse than sitting at the machine thinking… What where to go!

  6. love the daisy design!! I agree too…pinky winky is too hard to resist! I’m going to look for one! I just planted an adorable little rose bush with old fashioned roses in hotpink. The deer loved it! (grrr!) It took them three days to find it though…not very observant deer I guess. Trying to convert my flowerbed into more bushy type perrenial and bushes. I hope the deer all got a poke or two.

  7. Snapdragon put on a lovely display here in Winnipeg too. Zinnia are annuals and tho pretty late into the fall will succumb to any early frost.

  8. Dear Lori,
    After reading your request for late flowering suggestions, I walked around my gardens to see what is blooming now. Phlox is a pretty tall border perennial that blooms after our Shasta Daisy borders are spent. About mid-way after our Cone Flowers atart blooming, Rubdeccia (Black-eyed Susan) brings her impressive gold petals with dark brown centers. And, our glorious shrub, the Rose of Sharon Hibiscus with a multitude of large white blossoms with bright burgundy centers is breathtaking. In the herb variety, the Greek Oregano and Lambs’ Ear delight the Honey Bees. My husband, who is from Minnesota, says these flowers should do well there.
    Thank you so much for your Craftsy Class. I may have been the first person to sign up for your class. I loved it. It has helped me immensely. I am now able to divide and conquer my FMQing motifs successfully. .
    Jacqueline Lee Lambie
    aka Jackinka

  9. This design readily adapts to Halloween spiders! Try wiggly lines down and add legs around the circles/ovals…..

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