You’ve Got to Try This!

Free Motion Couching FlowersAfter writing a post on embellishing wool leaves with the couching foot that came with my Bernina (read HERE)  a follower told me about Bernina’s #43 Couching Foot.  It allows free motion stitching while couching!  

Couching is an embroidery technique in which a heavier thread is laid on top of the fabric and stitched over with another thread to secure in place.

The couching foot that came with my Bernina only allowed straight stitch couching so the design options were limited.  The #43 foot allows  much more design flexibility.

Free Motion Couching FlowersI experimented with several different yarns and cords–more on that in a future post.  Some yarns shredded like– the finger weight yarn below, and some worked pretty well.  My favorite was a nylon twine I found in my basement–probably purchased from the hardware store.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

To use the #43 foot, thread the sewing machine for normal stitching.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

Next, thread the cord or yarn into the side of the foot and down into the bottom of the foot.  After the foot is threaded, attach it to the machine and start stitching (with a straight stitch).   Here’s a  short Bernina video of the process.

Free Motion Couching Flowers

I love this technique, but do have a few more issues to work out–like how to tie the ends of the cord and more experimenting with threads.

Free Motion Couching FlowersI am so excited to think of all the new ways the free motion motifs can be adapted to couching!    Wouldn’t this be great for a pillow, or a table runner, or….

I need to go lay down on the couch and think about it!


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Flower Power-A Free, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted FlowersGood Morning, Quilters!  Welcome to another addition of Tuesday Tutorials.  For more than one year–The Inbox Jaunt has been offering free-free motion quilt tutorials.   You can access all the tutorials by clicking the Red Apple on my sidebar or in the  “Quilts” tab above.  My goal is to get everyone free motion quilting on their domestic sewing machines–it can be done!

There is one thing YOU can do for Me— TELL YOUR QUILTY FRIENDS about us!  The more, the merrier.

Last week, I posted a photo of this pattern along with a Free Motion Quilting Dexterity Exercise, and several readers asked for a tutorial.  So here it is:  Flower Power!


This pattern is a filler or all-over pattern. Use it to fill in large spaces on your next quilt.  Or use it as an all over pattern in place of meandering or stippling.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Because this is a fill pattern, there are no “rails“.  Start anywhere that is convenient-the middle of the quilt or the corner of the quilt.

Begin by stitching a tail and a 3/4 circle.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Next, stitch petals around the circle…

Free Motion Quilted Flowersand more petals down the tail.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Stitch another layer of of petals around the first layer.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

Continue adding more layers of petals and then start a new flower by adding a tail and semi-circle and begin the process again.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

It does not matter where in the flower you veer off to add the next flower.  It can be at the base of your flower–as above, or it can be in the middle of one of the layers-and will depend on where you need to travel as you are stitching.  Also, it looks nice if some of the flowers have more layers than others–just like in nature!

It is easy to change the scale of this pattern.  If your quilt is large and you are using this as an all-over pattern, scale up the flowers.  If your quilt is smaller (like a table runner)  or if you want to use the pattern to fill a small section of your quilt, you can make the flowers smaller.  Determining the scale of the free motion quilting pattern is both the art and the challenge of free motion quilting.

Free Motion Quilted Flowers

NOTE-The above quilt was stitched on Kona cotton using Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon on top, using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820 (domestic sewing machine–without a BSR)—My most frequently asked questions….

When Mother Nature gives you cold, snow, white, wind…we have to make our own #flowersinwinter!

From my green thumb (on blue skies) to yours,


PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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 or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!