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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