Free-Motion Quilting Inspiration

Recently I was given the chance to work on a cute baby quilt project for one of my co-workers. A friend had already made the quilt top and binding, and provided me with all the materials I needed! I happily volunteered to quilt it all together.

pinwheel quilt block
Here is a close-up of the pinwheel blocks I’ll be working with.

pinwheel quilt top
More of the front of the quilt.

cute animal fabric
Cute animal fabric for the back.

butterfly quilt binding
She even made all the binding!

For this fun quilt, I want to do something besides quilting in a straight line. I’m going to try my hand at free-motion quilting for the first time! Now I just need some inspiration, and idea of how to get started.

Here are some photos I found around the web of some pretty designs on pinwheel quilts.

rounded quilt
Circle quilting. From here.

pinwheel for linda
See how the quilting adds movement on this one? From here.

sisters and quilters
Love this simple and large design. From here.

pinwheelquilt by honey bear lane
This pebbled texture also looks great. From here.

Next step for me? I need to purchase a darning foot, or free-motion foot for my machine since I don’t have one. Then I need to read up on free-motion quilting techniques and learn a little bit.

I will share some progress pictures once I get the hang of things and decide on a pattern to quilt on these fun pinwheel blocks. I hope this will be a quilt that my friend’s new baby girl enjoys for a long time!

Are there any quilters out there with free-motion tips for beginners?