Evergreen-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

If it weren’t for the Evergreens, Minnesota’s landscape would be pretty bleak by now…

So let’s celebrate their faithfulness with a Tuesday Tutorial!

These motifs are Easy and have Modern flair–but don’t hesitate to use them on any quilt-Modern or Traditional.


Begin by drawing two straight lines 3-1/2 inches apart.

If you would like a snow drift look, re-draw the lines with slight curves.  (Drawing the straight lines first, help keep everything look orderly.)

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch a little snow drift, (along the drawn line) then stitch a straight line trunk.

Stitch to the left to create the bottom and then angle up to create the top of the tree.Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyMirror the left side of the tree, creating a narrow trunk.  stitch along the bottom line and begin another tree.  Try to tuck some of the trees under the tree before it to create a more interesting look…Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyMake some of the trees small and others tall.  Don’t worry if the trunk isn’t directly in the center of the triangle.Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyContinue stitching the entire row.  Easy!

This looks great (very Modern)…Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy If you like, take a second pass of stitching:  Echo stitch each tree, adding a star on top.Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyCreate an Evergreen with boughs by stitching a straight trunk, then adding a swooping line:Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedySwoop (is that a word?) back and forth two or three more times to create the left side of the tree.Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyStitch the mirror image to complete the tree.
Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori KennedyEcho stitch the trees–

Don’t limit yourself to stars–add a variety of “tree toppers”!

Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy


Evergreen Trees, Free Motion Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Wouldn’t a few trees look great on a mug rug or pincushion?  Great gifts!

“Not only green in summer’s heat, but also winter’s snow and sleet…

O Tannenebaum, O Tannebaum,

Of all the trees most lovely.”


Johnny Spruceseed,


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!



25 thoughts on “Evergreen-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. I love this one. I’ve been practicing your tutorials lately and I agree, doodling first is such an important step – it really gets you in the groove of the motion. Thanks for your tutes! Happy Thanksgiving – gobble gobble.

  2. Question for you… If you’ve finished a quilt and do’t like the quilting (in this case a queen size with a simple meander quilting stitch), can you go back and fix it without removing all the quilt stitches? I should never have given it this particular long-armer.

  3. So pretty! Happy Thanksgiving to my “Quilting Sisters” wherever they celebrate Thanksgiving. Although Scottish and don’t celebrate that holiday, we celebrate St Andrew’s Day (the patron saint of Scotland), but I still give thanks for discovering quilting, even at retirement age. Iappreciate so much people like you Lori, who share their talent so that we can all learn from you.

  4. Hi Lori- I love your tutorials! Makes me think I could almost do them. (I know, you have to practice, practice, practice.) I was wondering if there’s any way you could make your tutorials more printer friendly? I am always printing out the pictures and instructions for my notebook of ideas.

  5. I look forward to your tutorials and check out your site every time I get on the computer. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN SHARING. I have noticed that merchants that share seem to be much more happy themselves. We have a garden merchant by the name of Prairie Peddlar in Odebolt, IA. She has always shared so much with fellow gardeners and has an interesting place to visit – FREE!

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  7. Hi Lori, I am a long-time hand quilter and just started FMQ ( I need a loooooot more practice!) Your designs are beautiful, thank you! Glad I found your blog 🙂
    Happy Holidays from Ohio

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