Easy free-motion quilting motifs, simple as 1-2-3 (free tutorial + giveaway!)

If you’ve tried free-motion quilting but you’re still in beginner mode . . .

If you’re ready to try some fun new motifs . . .

If you simply aren’t sure how to progress from where you are . . .

Let machine-quilting pro Lori Kennedy take you by the hand and teach you everything she knows!

Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
Lori’s new book,
Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Let us tell you about Lori: she’s a BERNINA Ambassador, a two-time Craftsy star, and she regularly writes machine-quilting tutorials for American Quilter Magazine. She’s also filmed a two-part series about her machine-quilting techniques for Sewing With Nancy, which you can watch this September.

In short, she knows her sewing stuff!

Square Flower Variations quilt
Fun flower variations from
Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Lori’s book, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, is chock-full of easy free-motion quilting motifs that you can add to your quilts. You’ll see more than 60 designs close up throughout every step of the process, all in detailed photographs—not illustrations—so you can clearly see what you and your quilt should be doing under the needle. More than 400 photos will guide you to success!

From Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Learn to quilt flowers, leaves, tiny houses, and many more pictorial motifs, along with lots of easy-to-learn loops, spirals, circles, and squares. If you want your quilting to be as much a part of your quilt’s personality as your piecing, start with this book!

Speaking of personality, we love this quiltmaking quote from Lori:

Personality is more important than perfection

Don’t you agree?

As you’ll see in her guest post below, Lori’s enthusiastic and easygoing approach to free-motion quilting will inspire you to stitch right along with her. Welcome, Lori!

Lori KennedyI’ve been machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine for more than 20 years, and in that time I’ve concluded two things:

Free-motion quilting should be FUN!


Quilting motifs should add personality to our quilts.

Do YOU love machine-quilted feathers and stippling? Then you should cover your quilts in feathers and stippling galore!

But if you’re like me . . . I simply cannot stipple. I cannot stitch a wavy line that doesn’t cross over any other line and makes a quarter-turn every so often.

And I want more than feathers. I want my quilting lines to tell a story. However, I do NOT want to do a lot of marking.

I started designing my own motifs and sharing them on my blog, The Inbox Jaunt. Together, my readers and I quilted leaves and flowers as well as spirals and circles. But we didn’t stop there. We quilted stars, sailboats, hearts, and roses. We added schools of fish and little houses and trees surrounded by picket fences. All these motifs helped tell our quilting story.

Sailboat, fish, wave, and bubble quilting motifs
Sailboat, fish, wave, and bubble motifs

On my blog I’ve offered tutorials that are easy to follow and easy to commit to muscle memory. Suddenly, challenging motifs seemed simple—just one step at a time!

Spiral bindingThat’s how Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 was born—one “Tuesday Tutorial” at a time.  The book includes more than 60 motifs with step-by-step photos, all organized in six chapters for quick reference. A spiral binding allows the book to lie flat next to your sewing machine while you are stitching.

The first chapter will have you stitching in less than five minutes with my 12-step setup. Not sure about thread, batting, or marking pens? It’s all in here.

Next, you’ll find skill-building exercises to help you create the perfect stitch, as well as instructions on creating four different knots to tie off your quilting. You’ll discover why stopping points are important, as well as other tips that will refine your technique and elevate your machine quilting to the next level.

the perfect machine quilting stitch

Then the fun begins—stitching the motifs and variations! Find motifs to tell YOUR story—from beginner to advanced, modern to traditional, pretty to whimsical.

Motifs from Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
Motifs from
Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Not sure how to begin? Here’s a tutorial from the book that you can start with, and it’s my favorite: Flower Power!

Free tutorial for Flower Power free-motion quilting motif
Download Lori’s Flower Power tutorialprint it out and try it for yourself!

Meander no more—happy stitching!

Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3Thanks for sharing a peek inside your book, Lori!

Which free-motion motifs from Lori’s book are you excited to try on your quilts?

  • Loops, lines, and spirals
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Circles and squares
  • All of the above!

Tell us your pick in the comments and you could win a copy of Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and remember, when you buy the book at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free. Easy as 1-2-3!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Diane, who says:

“I love Lori’s leaves and flowers!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Diane—congratulations!












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