The Bicycle-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Spring is in the air–and it’s time to pump up those bike tires!

When you’re back from your cruise, add a two wheeler to your next quilt!

This adorable motif stands alone…you don’t need stitch rows of bicycles–though you can if you want.

Just tuck a quilted Bicycle into your other quilting for a little Springtime surprise–

It will add a little fun and personality to your next quilt!


Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  Add a large counter clockwise Silly Spiral (tutorial HERE)  to fill the space between the drawn lines.

Complete the large Silly Spiral on the right side.

Stitch over several stitches, then add another Silly Spiral–with just two revolutions.

End on the right side.

Add a third large Silly Spiral ending on the left side of the Spiral.
Add an line angled up and to the right.  Then add two handlebar loops.

If you would like, add a basket on the front of the bike at this time.

Closely echo stitch the front line.

Add another straight line, angled back and to the left, ending above the back tire. Add an oval shaped spiral to create a seat.

End the spiral on the lower part of the “seat”.  Then stitch down into the center of the first spiral.

I hope this does not seem difficult…

It’s really just three spirals, and a few simple lines.

So take it for ride…and of course,

Doodle First!

What about YOU?

Do YOU still ride a bike?

Does a bike represent Spring and Freedom to YOU?

What other symbols make YOU smile?

We’d LOVE to hear!


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PS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top on my lovely BERNINA 770QE.


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33 thoughts on “The Bicycle-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. Bicycles are my passion. I buy bicycle fabric, garden ornaments, etc. I have tried to doodle a free motion design but, I couldn’t figure it out! I do ride my bicycle, mostly in Florida where we winter, and i quilt a lot! Looking forward to playing with this and filling my baskets with flowers! I might try stitching it on cardstock for Christmas cards. Hmmm the wheels of imagination are spinning.

  2. Wonderfully appropriate as I have just set a goal for myself to train on the bike in the gym so I can participate in a family bike ride on May 20. Even if I can’t do the whole ride of 40 miles, I want to be more than the older generation who helps out with ferrying people and bikes. Thanks I might make small conmemorative quilted coasters or something for all the family members.

  3. I am so happy you came out with a book and I hope you will soon come out with another one on all the different designs you have shown us since then. I enjoyed both of your Craftsy classes that I can watch over and over if need be. Thank you!

  4. This bicycle is really cute. Thanks. I haven’t ridden a bike in years except for stationary ones. The crocuses, daffodils and other early Spring flowers cheer me.

  5. The bicycle is amazing and such fun to create, and OH those bunnies on your header are just adorable!
    I haven’t ridden a bicycle in years. Not since the chain on a friend’s bike I was riding let go ….. on a downhill run. I wasn’t hurt, and it didn’t really shake my confidence. I just haven’t had another opportunity to ride one since.

  6. Lori I just love your bike! I try to walk or ride my bike everyday even after downhill skiing. I am looking so forward to trying this one out. I do so much love all your motifs and looking forward to your Blog everyday. Thanks!

  7. LOL The art challenge this month is bicycle or wheels. I tried doodling this. Ugliest bike you have ever seen. I better keep practicing the doodle….Thanks for the Tutorial

  8. That is so darn cute, I want to hop right on it and ride. On second thought, at 85, that is not sensible, so think I will try it on fabric.

  9. This is great ! Our son began to race bicycles when he was age 14 and even tho he is age 47 now, he rides for health and enjoyment on mountains of Nevada where he lives. His fiancee rides too. He worked in bicycle stores during college and after… FL, Colorado and Moab, Utah. I have been collecting fabrics for a quilt for him and a quilt for his fiancee. This FMQ motif will be just fine !! I will
    put some flowers on hers ! 🙂 Another hit, Lori ! Now if I can figure out how to FMQ sprockets on his requested hexagons…..

  10. I love the bicycle- it’s almost time to get mine out of the garage! Thank you for all your inspiration!

  11. I need to express my absolute delight with your quilt patterns. Especially the transportation ones for some reason. They seem to work on baby quilts!!!!!.
    The bycicle is another winner.

  12. this is so right for me. I love cycling and go out almost every day even in our British winter. Although I am 66 years old , 1 still cycle camp and we are getting packed ready to go off this weekend. we will average about 50 miles a day. I have both your Crafsty classes and so will use this with the addition of a small trailer as that is what I tow my camping gear in. Thank you Lori

  13. Looks like lots of folks as well as myself enjoy this motif. It was worth the challenge. I look forward to using it. As always, I love everything you do and your generosity in sharing so much.
    Happy Easter. I’m sure you will make your grandchildren happy. We are having a rock hunt (with words of faith written and sealed with clear coat). I only have one grand in high school, rest in college or out so I hope they enjoy the hunt. I try to bring the reason for the season somehow in all our holidays.

  14. Yes, I’ve been wondering about bicycling motifs! Hubby and I belong to a cycling group. We typically ride about 20-25 miles each ride with our club or on our own. We’ve done a few FANY rides (Five Hundred miles Across New York) which are week long riding jaunts. Love my bike!

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