The Pretty Pinecone Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialGood Morning, Quilters and Happy Tuesday!  With just eight days until Christmas, I know you have a lot to do…but please take 15 minutes to give this pretty pinecone a try.  If you don’t have time to stitch it, doodle it!  This motif would look great on anything you are making for Christmas, but don’t limit yourself…Wouldn’t it look great on a quilt for your cabin?

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialThis pattern begins a little differently than most of our motifs.  Instead of drawing straight line “rails”,  we begin by drawing circles.  I used a two inch circle from this special drafting tool I found at the office supply store, but use whatever is around–your coffee mug, a CD or DVD…or one of the patterns from the  ornament tutorial last week…(see the tutorial HERE).  The circle is just a guideline for the top of the pinecone.  In nature, some pinecones are round, but others are elongated.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialBegin stitching a straight line stem on the top of your drawn circle.  Then stitch a partial spiral–like the letter “G”.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch out from the spiral to the drawn circle.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch scallops around to the left side of your drawn circle.  Stop here and change directions.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch a row of scallops back to the right side of the pinecone, contouring down in the center.  (See more about contouring HERE.)

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialContinue “scalloping” back and forth until you reach the bottom of the circle.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd a little tip at the bottom of the pine cone if desired–and a little bow if you like!

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialIf you would like to add The Pine Bough or Holly Leaf on top of the pine cone, add it before you begin the pine cone or knot off and begin again at the top.

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Pinecone, Free Motion Quilt TutorialGive this motif a quick whirl and then back to the wrapping…Santa’s elves never disappoint!


PS…There’s a lot more quilting to come in 2013….however, this is the last Tuesday Tutorial until January!

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