The Oyster Shell-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial


Oyster Shell Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

In my continued efforts to feel warmer…more seashells!  (See last week’s The Sand Dollar-Free Motion Quilt tutorial)

Today we will be working on another all over or fill pattern.  It can be used to cover large areas in your quilt.  One shell builds on the previous shell and does not have to be stitched in a line.


Begin by stitching a small coil.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ002Reverse directions and echo stitch back to the beginning.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ003Continue echo stitching back and forth around the central coil.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ004Stitch three to five layers and then begin a new shell.

Oyster Shell Free Motion QuiltingThe  new shell can begin either on the right or left of the completed shell.


Add shells on top of one another and shells on each side.  Also, the initial coil can be stitched to the right or left…

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ006To add a little more design, add a row of scallops between the layers.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ007Mix the “fancy shells” in with the plain oyster shells.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ008Or add a few loop-de-loops between the rows.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ009A little star-shaped spikes…

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ010To make a long shell:  Start with the Basic Oyster Shell and stitch back and forth in a taper shape.

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ011This adds more interest to a beach full of plain oysters.


OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ013A grouping of Oyster Shells is a beautiful way to embellish any quilt.  Don’t limit this beautiful motif to beach quilts…

This design is just pretty and will make a beautiful texture on your next quilt!

OysterShell.LKennedy.FMQ015It’s easy and forgiving so give it a whorl!

From the beaches of Minnesota to you,

Happy Shelling,


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


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!