How to Free-motion Quilt the Busy Bee Motif

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif

The Busy Bee is a delightful motif to embellish any floral quilt and looks fabulous when stitched among applique flowers.

I’m Lori of Lori Kennedy Quilts back with another free motion quilting motif. This simple bee motif also combines well with other FMQ motifs like Nora’s Rose.

To create the slightly fuzzy texture, I stitched the Busy Bee with a heavy weight wool/acrylic thread. (Aurifil wool) When stitching with heavy weight thread, be sure to use a large needle size. In this case, I used a size 90 Topstitch needle.

In the bobbin, I used 50 wt cotton thread and lowered the upper tension on my BERNINA 770 QE to 3.0 to create a beautiful stitch.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step one

Begin by stitching a circle. Stop on the top of the circle and add a short line with a curl. Stitch back over the curl to the circle.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step two

Stitch another short line with a curl and travel on the previous stitches back to the circle to complete the antennae.

Next, stitch along the circle and stop at the bottom.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step three

Add two loops on the right side to create wings.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step four

Stitch two loops on the left side and stop just below the circle.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step five

Add four or five scallops to create the bee’s body.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step six

Add a triangle “stinger” to complete the Busy Bee. Stitch a loopy line to embellish the motif or to connect to the next bee in the swarm.

How to Free-motion quilt the Busy Bee Motif-step seven

To create the beehive, stitch a large upside-down scallop and add a wavy line to embellish.

That makes YOU the Queen Bee!  Bzzzzz….

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