The Wagon Wheel-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Wagon Wheel, FMQ, Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday and time for another Free Motion Quilt and Long Arm Quilt tutorial.  All of the designs found HERE  work equally well on a domestic sewing machine, like my BERNINA 770QE, and on any long arm or mid arm quilt machine!

Today’s motif, The Wagon Wheel, can be used to fill any shape or it can be used as a background fill.    It is a Modern motif, but I can easily imagine it on a Traditional Quilt as well.


Begin by drawing any size square–or any shape.  In the tutorial below, the square is 3-1/2 by 3-1/2 inch.  Use whatever size fits YOUR quilt!

Begin in one corner and stitch a spiral.

Wagon Wheel, FMQ, KennedyIn the center, double back on the spiral line and fill the space with a wavy line.Wagon Wheel, FMQ, Kennedy

Continue all the way around the spiral.

Wagon Wheel, FMQ, Kennedy

After filling in the center of the spiral, use the wavy line to reach the outer borders of your square or shape.
Wagon Wheel, FMQ, KennedyContinue all the way around…Wagon Wheel, FMQ, Kennedy

Fill the entire square and then knot off or stitch another Spiral and begin filling the new spiral.Wagon Wheel, FMQ, KennedyCareful,  this one is addictive!

Just like always…Doodle First!

Hope YOUR Day is a smooth ride!


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19 thoughts on “The Wagon Wheel-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. When I go to your site and see what you have to show us for the day, well the next stop is my sewing room!!! I keep telling myself,if she can,I know I can!!!

  2. I love it! and it looks easy…
    One question: how do you join this quilted square to the next one? I mean, as it ends at the same place it starts, how do you travel on to the next square? I prefer not to knot, cut the thread and then start again, but rather travel on to the next space to quilt.

    • I would stitch a row of the wiggly lines over to the next square. See what you can come up with by doodling.

    • Only you can do that. See the right sidebar. There’s a place for you to join! Delighted to have you!

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