The Chain Stitch-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to Tuesday Tutorials–YOUR place for step by step, free motion quilting tutorials...

Today we’re taking a page from hand embroidery and stitching the Chain Stitch. It’s a beautiful hand stitch, but it’s even better in free motion quilting!FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchWouldn’t this  be beautiful on the bottom of a skirt?  Or on the borders of a tablecloth?  Perhaps on a pillowcase.  Be creative!  Once you’ve learned a motif, find as many uses for it as you can!

Don’t limit your free motion quilting to quilts!


Begin by drawing a line to follow.  The line can be straight or wavy–or spiraled into a circle.  Doodle first and you might be surprised…

Begin by stitching an open oval on the line.FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchStitch back to the other side. FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchStitch ON the previous line of stitching to the top of the first chain–a few stitches ahead of the drawn line.

NOTE-In the photo below, the stitching is offset slightly–this is for demonstration only.  Stitch ON the previous line of stitching.FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchBegin the next set to continue the chain.FMQ, Tutorial, Chain Stitch

FMQ, Tutorial, Chain StitchPlease take a few minutes to doodle this design and then stitch a few before next Tuesday…

We’re stitching some REALLY COOL variations of this motif next week.  Stay tuned…

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my Really Cool BERNINA 770 QE– A great machine with a beautiful stitch, huge bobbin, buttons to lower and lift the needle and so much more! (While sitting in the Really Comfy-BERNINA chair–available at dealerships everywhere- or SeBear Patch Quilting Co in Minnesota.

I used Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin, Warm and Natural cotton batting.

Hope YOUR stitches are Happy,


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