Modifying Free Motion Quilt Motifs

Sailboats Free Motion Quilting

Do you ever see a quilt pattern that is designed as a border, but you need a “fill” pattern?  Have you ever admired a square free motion quilt motif, but you needed to fill a circle?  Today’s challenge is designed to help you think of ways to modify any pattern to suit your quilting needs.


Change any of the free motion quilt motifs found HERE  (or by clicking the Red Apple in the Sidebar)  into an all-over or “filler” pattern and show us your results.  Doodle or stitch–we’d love to see it!


In the image above, I used The Sailboat tutorial and modified it to use as an all-over, continuous line design.  It took a bit of doodling, but I think it will look great on a summer quilt I am planning.  This practice piece (etude?–sounds more polished?) was stitched with Robison Anton Rayon on top and Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 80Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820–a domestic sewing machine with an extended harp space–without a BSR.

Doodle, Saillboat, Continuous Line Design

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Sweet Sunshine Vase Quilt

FMQ, Sunshine, Quilt…my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray….Name that tune in 15 words or less?  I’m sure those of you who knew “A Bushel and a Peck”  (see the Valentine Quilt HERE) will be able to help me out again.  I always get these little ditties going (and repeating in my head) and I have no idea where they come from…

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltToday’s little vase-quilt–I love little quilts on which to put my vases and bowls…is designed using  yesterday’s tutorial,  Sweet Sunshine.

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltI added a few sunshines, a few half-sunshines, The Twist, and then a bunch of whirls and twirls…

FMQ, Sunshine, Quilt


Orange Kona cotton with Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Robison Anton Rayon on top…using a Schmetz Topstitch 80 needle on my Bernina 820 sewing machine (with it’s huge light).   I did not use the Bernina Stitch Regulator that came with the machine.  I tried it only once and never used it again.  I learned without the stitch regulator and found it threw off my natural timing when I tried it later…

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltDoes anyone else like Bananagrams–We love it around here!

FMQ, Sunshine, QuiltHope you are enjoying a little fun and games in the Sweet Sunshine wherever you are today!


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Sweet Sunshine–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sunshine Free motion QuiltingIf you’re like me, you’re in need of a little Vitamin D…It’s too cold to go outside these days…So we will have to drink a glass of milk and make our own sunshine-Sweet Sunshine!

Sunshine Free motion Quilting


Begin with happy confidence that you can FMQ (i.e. a sunny disposition)–If you need help getting started,   see Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting).   Then draw a square–any size.  If your quilt block is large–draw a large square, if your quilt block is small–go with that.  For the purposes of this tutorial, I drew a 4-1/2 inch square.

Stitch a spiral in the center of the square–I just “eyeball” the center.   Next begin stitching “rays” out toward the edge of the square.  Do not stitch TO the lines of the square--we need a little space later.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Continue stitching rays around the center spiral.  It does not matter how many rays–or if they are even.   After the last ray,  begin stitching curved lines back and forth, working up and away from the center of the sun.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Near the top of the ray, stop and echo stitch around the point of the ray and into the center of the sun.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Begin stitching the curved lines again, back and forth until you are near the point of the second ray.  Again, echo stitch the point and into the center and begin again…

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

Continue rotating around the sun like a planet until you come to the first ray.  Echo back into the center of the sun, meet up with your first set of curved lines and tie off.  Voila!  Instant sunshine!

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

NOTE–This tutorial was stitched on Kona fabric with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in the bobbin (because that’s what my Bernina 820-domestic sewing machine prefers) and Robison Anton Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle–without a BSR.

Sunshine Free motion Quilting

That’s my version of a “Sundance”–doing all I can to nudge Mother Nature into Spring!

Perhaps a little vase quilt and a few tulips from the market would help as well!

What about you?  What are you doing to add a little sunshine to your day and get through the final days of this very long winter?  I’d love to hear…


Little Miss Sunshine,


(I can just hear my family HOWLING!)

PS…All tutorials, photos and information are the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  People with sunny dispositions are asked to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at  Thanks a million–93,000,000 in fact!