How to Free-motion Quilt Chicks

How to Free-motion Quilt a Baby Chicks Motif

Free-motion stitched baby chick

Happy Spring, machine quilting fans! I am Lori Kennedy from LoriKennedyQuilts.com. They say you can’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, but you can count on the baby chicks motif to add charm to your next quilt! Stitch one baby chick in the center of a square block or stitch a row of chicks to create a fun border. For a more whimsical design, add a few flowers and an eggshell or two. Doodle the motif several times to develop the muscle memory for smoother stitching and to determine the best scale for the chicks in your project!

Machine Set up for Free-motion Quilting

Free-motion stitched baby chicks motif

For this project, I used my BERNINA 770 QE. First, I attached a single hole throat plate and the #24 Free-motion Embroidery foot and lowered the feed dogs. Next, I inserted a size 90 Topstitch needle and threaded my machine with 28wt cotton thread on top and 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin. For more information on how to set up your machine for free motion quilting, check out Twelve Steps to Free Motion Quilting.

Free-motion Stitching the Baby Chicks Motif

FMQ Baby chicks - begin by stitching a clock-wise circle

Begin by stitching a clockwise circle. Closely echo stitch the left side of the first circle.

FMQ Baby Chicks - stitch counterwise circle

 

At the top of the first circle, stitch a counter-clockwise circle.

FMQ Baby chicks - closely echo stitch the right side, stopping on top of the circle

Complete the second circle, and closely echo stitch the right side, stopping on top of the circle.

FMQ Baby Chicks - Add three small loops

Add three small loops.

FMQ Baby Chicks - add a large oval and a small circle within it

Stitch into the center of the top circle and add a large oval and a small circle within it. Double stitch the small circle to accentuate the eye.

FMQ Baby Chicks - add two triangles to create the beak

Closely echo stitch (or stitch on top of the previous stitches) the left side of the circle for 3-4 stitches, then add two triangles to create the beak.

FMQ Baby Chicks - add a loopy line through the center of the chick’s body

Stitch below the beak, then add a loopy line through the center of the chick’s body.

FMQ Baby Chicks - Add three loops on the right side

Add three loops on the right side.

FMQ Baby Chicks - FMQ Baby Chicks - Add a loop for the front foot

Optional-Add a loop for the front foot.

FMQ Baby Chicks- Add a loop for the back foot

Optional-Add a loop for the back foot, and stitch underneath the chick to begin the next motif.

Free-motion stitched baby chick

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