Pebbles-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Pebbles, BubblesGood Morning, Quilters!  Welcome to all the new quilters who have joined us and to all our long-time friends!

We have almost 5000 followers of The Inbox JauntThat’s a lot of quilt experience in one place!

Today we have a new Free Motion Quilt Tutorial:  Pebbles! Continue reading

The Bumble Bee – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Bumble Bee Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been a busy bee for the last few weeks.  I just got back from a lovely Ladies Week in Cape Cod and Martha’s VineyardIf I haven’t answered your questions–that is why.  I will answer all the questions over  the next few days.

Also, a few of you have contacted me that mysteriously, you are no longer receiving The Inbox Jaunt in your e-mail…please contact me if this is happening to you. (  This is a recurrent problem that I have to take up with the wizards at Word Press…last time the fix was only temporary… Thank you for being so patient!  Please continue to join us!

I am much better behind my sewing machine than under the hood of a computer!  Aarrgghhh!


This week we are going to do three short tutorials using the circles we have been practicing.  See Dots and Dashes and The String of Pearls tutorials.

Today’s tutorial is The Bumblebee

All of the tutorials this week will look great on any floral quilt and would be great to tuck into free motion quilted flowers.


Begin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is a bit smaller than a dime.

Next, stitch a straight line and a very tiny circle for the antenna.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch ON or VERY CLOSE TO the straight line and back to the circle.  Stitch over two stitches and repeat to create a second antenna.

Stitch halfway around the circle and stop at the “chin” of the bee.  (We all know that bees have knees–but did you know they also have chins?)

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

From the “chin” — Stitch two tear-drop shaped wings—then two stitches under the bee’s chin.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch two more wings on the right side–leaving a small opening for the bee’s body…

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch back and forth to create the body of the bee.  Make the center of his body a bit wider than the upper and lower body.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Add a triangle on the bottom,

then stitch back over the right side of the triangle to reach the bottom…

Add a twisted line…the bee’s line of flight….

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

That’s it!      Perfect!

Bumble bee, chases me, I PICK YOU!


PS…More garden fauna free motion quilting tomorrow and Thursday.

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 and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

NOTE-Stitched with Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin, Sulky 40wt Rayon on top on my Bernina 150–domestic sewing machine without a stitch regulator.

Dots and Dashes-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and DashesCIRCLES, CIRCLES, CIRCLES 

Good morning, Quilters!  Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday–and tomorrow we will have Tutorial Wednesday!

It’s Circle Week (Next week, too.)  We’re going to explore circles in ways you may never have imagined.  We are going to walk through the quilt exercises slowly, but methodically.  

There will be something for everyone in the next two weeks.  There will be boy patterns, girl patterns, modern motifs and traditional motifs..

All from the HUMBLE CIRCLE!


Though you may have seen videos or in-person demonstrations of quilters stitching circles at 100 miles per minute….circles require the beginner to SLOW DOWN!

Practice on paper first.  This is a good time to pull out your lined notebook paper…

Don’t worry!  We’re going to start slowly…Today’s tutorial is only three steps.  Please practice this a lot.  First on paper, then on your machine, then on paper again!

This will help you develop the MUSCLE MEMORY required as we work through all the tutorials in the next few weeks…

By the end of the month, YOU will be stitching circles at 200 miles per minute!

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes


To begin learning circles, draw two lines.  I recommend 1/2 inch or 3/4 inches to begin.  This size is neither too large nor too small…

Begin stitching in the middle, between the two lines…Stitch clockwise to create the first circle…Continue stitching clockwise directly on the previous line of stitching.  You will stitch 1 and 1/2 circles…

NOTE:  The image below shows 1-1/2 circles with the second row of stitching offset a bit–this is for demonstration only—you should stitch ON the previous stitching.

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

Continue stitching clockwise over the previous line of stitching.  When you reach the middle point (half -way between the top and bottom lines)–stitch a straight line…The Dash

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

For the next circle, stitch counter clockwise…

Continue on this way to the end of the line stitching a clockwise circle, a dash, a counter-clockwise circle…

This looks fabulous, but more importantly—it develops MUSCLE MEMORY for future motifs!

Free Motion Quilting, Dots and Dashes

By offsetting the Dots and Dashes, you can create a very modern background for any quilt!  I used this background fill on The Fabulous Flower Tablerunner--I think you will soon find many uses for this fabulous filler!


Once you are comfortable with Dots and Dashes–try different size circles from very large to very small.  Keep the clockwise-counterclockwise flow going…You’ll need it next week!

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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 Pin, Re-blog or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

PPS…The above tutorial was stitched with Sulky 40 wt on top, Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric with Warm and Natural batting using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my domestic sewing machine. (no BSR)

**PPPS…Morse code for…Happy Stitching, from Lori!