The Baby Bird Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

FMQ, Tutorial, BirdsGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday…and time for another FREE free motion quilt tutorial.

Spring has finally reached as far as Stillwater Minnesota and so have the birds.  It’s so nice to hear birds singing again! (It was a long winter!)

So let’s welcome the birds with a tutorial!


Birds are fun to stitch because no two look alike and there are several places to add your own embellishment.

Begin by drawing a square.  In the tutorial below, the square is 3-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches.

Stitch a semi-circle.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyAdd a curved head.  Stitch back to the top of the head.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyAdd a few head feathers.  Stitch down several stitches and add a circle eye.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyStitch a triangle beak.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyAdd a ruffle of neck feathers.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedy Stitch a wing within the body of the bird.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyEmbellish the wing, if you like.

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyAdd tail feathers.

Stitch underneath the bird and add either standing or flying legs:

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedyStitch a flock of birds…

Bird, FMQ, Tutorial, LKennedy

They’re rather ridiculous, but lots of fun.

“Whenever that red, red robin goes bob-bob-bobbin along.  You’ll know it’s Spring Time when….”

You might also like:  Olivia the Owl-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial.

Happy Birding,


PS…This tutorial was stitched with Sulky Rayon 30wt on top, Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin on Kona cotton fabric, Warm and Natural cotton batting, on my BERNINA 820 (without a stitch regulator).

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