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30+ Free Quilting Designs for Machine Quilting

Put away your patchwork and have some fun with these free motion quilt design ideas!

By: Jessica Nichols, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
Free Quilting Designs for Machine Quilting

When it comes to quilting, there are other options besides straight line quilting or sending your quilt to a professional longarm quilter. Get creative with one of our 17 Free Quilting Designs for Machine Quilting. You'll be surprised to see what beautiful designs you can achieve with your home sewing machine. Here are just a few of the many gorgeous free patterns available on our website.

Free motion quilting is popular because it adds a layer of texture and dimension to any quilt. Learn how to free motion interesting shapes like spirals, flowers, and feathers. One excellent tip is to mark out your free motion design with chalk before you begin!

Simple Quilting Patterns

If you're accustomed to hand quilting or simple straight line quilting, these simple quilt patterns are a great way to test the waters of free motion quilting.

Floral Quilting Designs

Cover your quilts in flowers and other flora with these beautiful quilting designs. It will give your quilts a floral flair.

Feather Quilting Motifs

Feathers are one of the most classic quilting shapes. The swirly apperance allows for continuous line quilting, which looks beautiful as an allover design.

  • Feather Wreaths

    This quilting video demonstrates how to quilt feather wreaths using a longarm quilting machine. To create these quilting stitch designs, the quilter traces the pattern onto a quilt using a fabric marker and stencil and then stitches over the pattern.

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  • Free Motion Feathers

    Next time you see the direction "quilt as desired," why not add some Free Motion Feathers to give all-over designs some added interest?

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  • Light As a Feather Free Motion Design

    This quilting feathers tutorial will guide you through the process of machine embroidery in no time at all. The video contained in this free quilting project is excellent because it explains free motion quilting with necessary detail.

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  • Echoed Paisleys Quilting Pattern

    This free motion quilting pattern takes its inspiration from classic paisleys but adds an echo for easy machine quilting.

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Quilting Patterns for Shapes

These quilting patterns will teach you how to make common shapes and motifs with machine quilting.

Swirly Quilting Designs

These swirling designs are fun to do, and they're great practice if you're just learning how to free motion quilt.

  • Arching Loop de Loops

    For a fun and fanciful quilting design that will look right at home within the stitches of many quilt patterns, follow this tutorial about Arching Loop de Loops.

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  • Baptist Fans Quilting Pattern

    With a circle cut ruler as a stencil, this pattern will be a cinch. Create a ripple-like effect on any of your quilt patterns with beautiful and consistent quilting stitch designs.

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  • Puzzle Pattern

    The fun thing about this free motion quilting pattern is that you can make the puzzle design in any way you'd like.

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  • Black Hole Free Motion Design

    This swirly free motion pattern is guaranteed to turn stares from everyone. If you're looking for solid free motion quilting tips, then this tutorial is for you.

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  • Low Tide Free Motion Design

    If you're making a nautically-themed project, then this Low Tide Free Motion Design is perfect for you. Learn the basics of how to free motion quilt with this simple and wavy design.

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  • Ocean Current Quilting Design

    The Ocean Current Quilting Design is a swirly, wavy pattern that fills in backgrounds with style. Create one wandering line of curlicues, and then double back to outline each of them for concentric swirls.

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Seasonal Machine Quilting Patterns

There is no better way to add that extra bit of cheer to a Christmas quilt or some spooky embellishments to a Halloween idea that add subtle machine quilting patterns. Celebrate your favorite holiday with these season machine quilting patterns.

What are some of your favorite free motion designs? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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I'm so glad that I found this collection. I love to machine quilt, but I need some inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Perfect timing, I just got a mid arm and frame. I'm going to try some of your motifs. Thanks "sew" much!

Thank you so much. I quilt on a domestic (old, with a small throat) and definitely can use these patterns. Just have to take that first scary step, gulp!


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