Free-Motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly

Whether you are quilting a Christmas quilt or adding a quick embellishment to your Christmas towels and napkins, Pine Boughs and Holly are the perfect motif! Stitch the leaves in a circle to create the perfect wreath for a small wall hanging or to fill a large quilt block, or stitch the pattern in a row to create a fabulous border.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly

Creating the perfect free-motion stitch is easy on BERNINA sewing machines like my BERNINA 770 QE—just lower the feed dogs and adjust the top tension until you can see individual stitches. Use a single-hole throat plate for best results and try my favorite foot for machine quilting, the BERNINA Free-motion Embroidery Foot #24. I like it because it is open toed and offset for greatest visibility.

For more tips see my recent post on WeAllSew:  Twelve Steps to Free Motion Quilting

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Begin the Holly leaf by stitching scallops

Begin the Holly leaf by stitching scallops.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Stitch the right side of the leaf

Stitch the right side of the leaf by mirror imaging the first side. Leave a slight gap at the base of the leaf to exit later.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Begin echo stitching the inside of the Holly Leaf.

Begin echo stitching the inside of the Holly Leaf.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Echo Stitching on the inside of the leaf

Continue around the inside of the leaf.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-stitch into the center to create a vein

When you reach the base of the leaf, stitch into the center to create a vein.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Closely echo stitch the vein

Closely echo stitch the vein and out the gap at the base of the leaf, adding circle berries before adding another Holly Leaf.

FMQ Pine Bouhgs and Holly

If you are creating a border, stitch through the center of the leaf instead of echo stitching back to the base of the leaf. Continue through the tip of the leaf to add berries or swirls and then add another Holly leaf.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-creating a border

To stitch the Pine Bough, stitch a short straight line and echo stitch back.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Stitch another short line to the right

Stitch another short line to the right and echo stitch back to the center.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-Continue stitching short, echo-stitched lines, alternating sides

Continue stitching short, echo-stitched lines, alternating sides.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly- stitch shorter lines so the bough tapers at the tip

As you progress, stitch shorter lines so the bough tapers at the tip.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-stitching the top

At the top, stitch a single straight pine needle, then stitch through the center of the motif and back to the base of the Pine Bough to begin the next motif in the design.

Free-motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly-combine holly, leaves and bouhgs

Combine Holly Leaves, Berries, Spirals and Pine Boughs to create a beautiful design element for your next project.

For more machine quilting motifs, tutorials, and inspiration, visit me at www.theinboxjaunt.com.

Merry Christmas!

Lori Kennedy

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69 thoughts on “Free-Motion Quilting Pine Boughs and Holly

  1. Thank you for the step by step tutorial. This holly and berries is a free motion technique I’d like to practice and learn as well as couching while doing free motion.

  2. Wonderful tutorial!! I am fairly new to free motion so I am not sure what techniques there are to learn ; ) I am happy to learn anything! Thanks for the chance to play : )

  3. I think I’ve mastered vines and leaves but beyond that I still struggle with a smooth consistent stitch. Feathers are okay but flowers and sharp images are a struggle.

  4. I would love to learn a border design of several different Christmas trees
    I am hooked on Lori Kennedy’s blog on free motion quilting, I read it daily And have learned so much!

  5. What FMQ technique would I like to learn?
    Through Lori’s blog lessons I’ve become pretty good with doodling and quilting on small projects. Larger projects are a problem. I’d like to learn how to handle the bumps and slowdowns crossing seam lines causes. I get bogged down and lose the rhythm. Some help would be appreciated.

  6. As an artist, I have been able to use my sewing machine as my drawing tool. I aught myself thread painting & free-style quilting & use these techniques quite a lot in my art quilts.

  7. I can hardly wait to try this. I am so ineffective with FM that my New Year’s resolution it to practice , practice, practice. Especially since I have a quilt I made, that needs to be quilted, and it will just be used at my house for “tummy time” for grandchildren.

  8. Feathers, Feathers, Feathers. I’m trying to practice them every day, but sometimes I only see teardrops, and at other times, they are looking pretty good. When does the consistency kick in?

  9. Everything. I know that sounds odd but I am a beginner and haven’t attempted any free motion techniques at this time. I feel my dealer didn’t really explain enough about this technique to me when I had my short lesson on this.

  10. I’d like to improve the flames or waves. I don’t make many wall hangings and like the quilts to be relaxed, draping softly. Seam rippers are never far away from me. Never can have enough of them.

  11. I am fairly new at FMQ but am so enjoying the learning process! I recently began learning to make feathers. I have a ways to go but want to become proficient. I want to eventually be able to design and make a whole cloth quilt.

  12. I am petrified of free motion quilting…..to the point I won’t even try it. I have had a BSR for many years and have still not attempted. Your demonstration makes it look easy, maybe I will finally have a go of it.

  13. Actually, I want to learn this! I am going to be looking for some fabric scraps tomorrow to practice with. I used to draw holly and red berries on letters many years ago, but somehow never thought of stitching them.

  14. Thank you for all of the wonderful instructions and ideas. I would like to learn both the feathers in free motion and ruler work for a domestic machine. I have a QE 750, that I absolutely adore.

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