The Spooky Spider-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ002Good Morning, Quilters!

Are you ready to squirm and squeal??  Halloween is just around the corner–and what can give a fright faster than the dreaded…


I’m not sure which makes me shudder more–a mouse, a snake or a spider!

Today’s tutorial was inspired by a reader of The Inbox Jaunt–thanks, Jane!  When Jane saw the Dots and Daisies tutorial she recommended a slight variation to create this spider.

NOTE–Spiders have EIGHT LEGS!–In this tutorial, I’ve used a little creative license to make it a bit easier—(think of it as the other two legs are behind the spider and not visible)–Or stitch eight legs!


Begin by drawing a line or a series of lines if you are using this as a background fill pattern.

Begin stitching on the line.  Stitch a slightly wavy line and a circle or slight oval.

Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ004Stitch ON the circle several stitches to begin the legs…
Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ005Stitch a curvy line to create the first leg.
Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ006 Echo stitch back to the Spider body and then add two more legs in the same way.

Make each leg the same size or slightly smaller.Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ007 Stitch around the circle-ON the previous line of stitching.  (NOTE-the stitching is offset in the sample below for demonstration purposes only.)Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ008Complete the right side of the Spider with three more legs.
Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ009 Then add a line of web before beginning the next Spider.Spiders.LKennedy.FMQ010

Spiders, FMQ, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy, The Inbox JauntCreeepy Crawley!!!

Add this motif to The Spider Web Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

And check out the Spider Quilt HERE

You also might like Graveyard Quilting

And if you need a tuffet, read HERE!

From my Web to YOURS–


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Crawley 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!


Tuesday Tutorial–Two Spiders, A Web, and a Curse!

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Spiderweb

Welcome, Quilters!  Welcome to my haunted website.  Indeed, I believe I was cursed last week at my quilt retreat…we were talking about people who have stitched through their fingers!…And as I began this tutorial this morning, I did just that!  I stitched through my right index finger.  I was pinned ( no pun intended) to my sewing machine.  I had to sit for several seconds to compose myself before I was able to stretch my left hand across my sewing machine to reach the handwheel.  Then, in a small act of bravery (at least I thought so) I turned the wheel slowly to back the needle out of my finger!   (Fortunately, the thread was not jammed!)

Hopefully, this has never happened to you…and hopefully it never will!  (Incidentally, in the Victorian era, spider webs were thought to bring good luck to quilters--and they were frequently embroidered onto crazy quilts!)

Now that the commotion is over, let’s begin today’s tutorial!

Spider web, Free motion Quilting

Continue reading