Poinsettia Tic-Tac-Toe

Poinsettia, Free Motion Quilting, QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!

I was thrilled to hear how many of you went straight to work on yesterday’s free motion quilt tutorial, The Poinsettia!  

(By the way, I didn’t mean to imply that the only December programming here at The Inbox Jaunt would be a few Tuesday Tutorials…we will have a full range of posts–though not daily, and there will only be three Tuesday Tutorials in December -not five.)

How did it go?  What did YOU make?  Can’t wait to see those mug-rugs!  Check out our Flickr group here and post YOUR photos!


I made a simple grid with six-inch squares… and filled in a few Poinsettias.

Poinsettia, Free Motion Quilting, QuiltNext…a bit of Candy Cane Stripes on the diagonal–all in 40 wt Sulky Rayon.

Then, using 50wt cotton Aurifil, I filled in the background using the Woven Cross Hatch/Orange Peel and a Plain Grid…

Poinsettia, Free Motion Quilting, QuiltA little binding…(whine, whine)

Poinsettia, Free Motion Quilting, QuiltAnd I’ll be ready to set my table with this vase quilt and a real Poinsettia–or maybe some bright green Holly…

Can’t wait to see YOUR Poinsettias!


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


The Poinsettia-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Today is December 2.  The Count-down to Christmas has begun!  It is my FAVORITE time of year…decorating, baking, entertaining, shopping, presents and lots of FAMILY TIME!   With all this extra-curricular activity, please be patient if I don’t post every day through out December.  There will be just three Tuesday Tutorials in December…

Today’s tutorial is EASY, forgiving and goes anywhere! The Poinsettia would look great on ANY Christmas quilt, traditional or modern.  This poinsettia would make a gorgeous Christmas pillow, or it would be beautiful in the corner of a Christmas napkin.  Stitch three down the center of  strip of fabric–perhaps on-point to create a table runner….

Once you start stitching, you won’t want to stop….


Begin by drawing a square.

(For the tutorial below, I used 4-1/2 inch square.  Odd size you say?  That was the size of the ruler I picked up–make it easy on yourself, use whatever size square ruler is at hand.  This motif looks great at 4 inches or 15 inches! )

Begin by stitching a cluster of circles.  (See Pebbles Quilt Tutorial)   If your square is small, 6-7 circles will be sufficient.  If your square is larger, add more.

Next stitch a pointy petal.  End the petal CLOSE TO but NOT touching the cluster if circles.
Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingEcho stitch the inside of the petal.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingStitch over one or two stitches and stitch a vein into the center of the petal.

Echo stitch the vein and then stitch out of the first petal.Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingContinue stitching petals around the center.

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting Echo stitch halfway outside of the last petal to begin the next row of petals.

Each petal is stitched the same way…Stitch a pointy petal, echo stitch the inside, stitch a vein.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingThen stitch out and around the first row of petals to begin the next petal.

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Continue adding rows of petals until the block is nearly filled- two or three rows.

The Perfect Poinsettia:

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For more embellishment, add a few festive Curls (See Curl Tutorial HERE)

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Continue adding Curls around The Poinsettia to fill the block.

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingCan’t stop quilting?…Add Pebbles around The Poinsettia.

I’d call this POINSETTIA POP!

Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingWhat could be prettier than three Poinsettias in a row to create a Christmas table runner?

Grandma would LOVE this for Christmas!



Poinsettia-Free Motion QuiltingWhat about YOUR Christmas list?

Who do YOU know that needs a new table runner?

A Poinsettia table runner–PRICELESS!
Later this week…see what I’m making with this gorgeous motif…


Elf Lori

North Pole Quilters


Decorating Christmas Trees with Free Motion Quilting

The Pretty Pinecone

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