Free Motion Friday – Peacock Swirl & Border


Happy Friday! I’ve got a new logo this week… this time with my name spelled correctly!  Yahoo!!

This week, the design I’m currently obsessed with…


What I call my Peacock Swirl.


We start with a nice easy swirl,


And add a hook on the way out.


Then I add two hooks on my way back up on the echo,


And echo around the hook and the swirl, until I’m in the “V” the swirl makes with the stem.


Then, I add another hook,


And finish the echo down the stem.


I used this design on Jasmine’s Aviatrix Medallion, and I think ti worked pretty awesomely :D.

Right now I’m quilting a quilt for my Dad, and using a variation of this design as a border design:


To do this


I start by quilting a wavy line. I don’t mark this or measure or anything… I try to get my wave as even as possible, but I’m not to worried if it isn’t perfect.


Then, I echo the bump of the wave, and do a swirl in the valley,


I swirl out, echoing back the way I came,


Then hooking in and echoing around my swirl.


The, two hooks, echoing the swirl.


Then, I echo over the hill, and do the same thing in the next valley.


Then back the other direction — I’m moving in the opposite direction from last time, so my swirls are facing opposite directions.

Anyways, that’s it for me this week! If you’d like your quilt to be a part of FMF, email a picture of it to kathleen(at)

Later days!

Free Motion Friday is Sponsored by Sparrow Studioz and APQS Canada!

Free Motion Friday is Sponsored by Sparrow Studioz and APQS Canada.




9 responses to “Free Motion Friday – Peacock Swirl & Border

  1. This is a great design, thanks so much for breaking it down. I can see a lot of ways to use this one. In fact I have a “boy” quilt that this would look great on.

  2. Kathleen, I love your peacock swirl and your step by step instructions are what I need. I have been admiring your work and wonder what is your favorite batting and thread, brand and weight. Also, do you use a stitch regulator ? If not, why not. Thanks in advance for your reply. I have an APQS Millie, I keep practicing new designs, and strive to improve every day and willing to put in the time and energy, persistence to become as good as I can be. Thank you ‘sew’ much, Lauretta Smith San Antonio, TX

    Sent from my iPhone


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