The Dizzy Daisy-A FREE, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting


Good morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday…time for another FREE, free motion quilt tutorial!

From the moment this pattern appeared on my sketchbook, I knew it would be one of my favorites.

And, yes…it did appear as if by magic. Serendipity happens sometimes when one doodles aimlessly-

Another reason for YOU to doodle frequently!

Today’s pattern would look great in the background of any quilt.  It is modern, but sophisticated enough to be included in the most formal of quilts.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitching in the corner of the quilt–along a border.

Begin by stitching a spiral

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the spiral and take two straight stitches along the border.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral around as many times as you would like.  Make some of the spirals large and some small-this makes the pattern more interesting to “read”.

Next, begin stitching another spiral by sweeping away from the first motif.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the new spiral…whenever you reach the first spiral, take two stitches–parallel to the first spiral and stitch back around…the outer rotations will not be full circles…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingContinue adding new spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingAn entire background could be filled with just the connected spirals.  Gorgeous!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingTo add a little “daisy” to our “dizzy”….add the petals from The Happy Blossom Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingThen add more spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

In not time at all, you’ll be “Dizzy with Daisies” and your quilt will be complete!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

I think this is my new favorite….

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBut then again, I say that every week…

I’ve stitched so many Dizzy Daisies…I feel faint…I think I’ll take a little nap…THEN I’ll go clean the house?!


PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric using Aurifil 28/2 cotton thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The batting is Tuscany Silk–new for me, I’m giving it a whirl and a twirl and spin….I’ll let you know what I think.

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

76 thoughts on “The Dizzy Daisy-A FREE, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

  1. I wasn’t real impressed with the spirals, but with the daisies added it pops. Thanks for the tutorials.

  2. Good grief! that is so dang cute!!! I love this!
    Dizzy….I’m so dizzy my head is spinning…Sorry… for those that know this your will have it stuck in your head all day trying to remember the words…LOL!
    Bought a treadle in Stillwater!! Will be there Thurs. to pick it up. What was the name of the quilt shop you like to go to? I’m excited! If you have time for a coffee let me know!
    Thanks for another great tute! 🙂

  3. Your work is so fabulous, but I sure would like to “watch” your tutorials on video. Any chance of that happening?

  4. I can see why it may become a new fav. Right now I am doing square flowers on an ugly quilt. They are making it less than ugly. Thank you for your tutorials.

  5. This is a variation of one of my favorite designs to do! My mom is still raving about her scrappy trip around the world quilt I did this on.

    I like how you added more spirals – it adds more interest.

    For anyone who is not a fan of the spirals, you could just do less of them.

  6. I really enjoy all your posts. Your step step designs are very helpful to a “newbie” FMQer! Thanks Lori!

  7. Wonderful, thanks for your fantastic ideas. I print them out and share them with my quilting friends who have long arm machines, yes I said long arm. We love what you do on a domestic and put the ideas to good use on our machines. THANKS

  8. This is a cutie! I love your tutorials. I am learning to FMQ, and your work is very helpful to me. Keep those ideas flowing, please.

  9. Beautiful and fun. Could you say why you are using the 28/2 thread on top. I love Aurifil 50, but have not thought of using such heavy thread for top. I was able to draw it out, now to get my desktop domestic to dance with the fabric crunched in the neck.

    • I like the fuller look of the Aurifil 28/2. It shows up a little more, but it is not over-powering. I like Aurifil 50 on top, but I think the 28/2 is a bit better for some projects. Every project is different–but I have been trying to explore more threads.

  10. Rosemary B here:
    This is the cutest thing ever. I am going to try it.
    I love every single one of your free motion motifs. Every single one, Lori!!!
    Thank you for sharing on your blog. You are an inspiration to all of us!

  11. I practiced this today and it came out beautiful – not quite like yours, but for a beginner, I am pleased. Will try again! I’m not ready to explore the different threads yet, but am paying close attention! Thanks for all you do!

  12. This is a happy pattern–love it. Is your bobbin thread the same blue as the fabric? Is it showing on top like couching? Nice! The batt looks rich in the photos. Thank you for the amazing photos!

    • Hi Janet, The bobbin thread is also white. I think the blue you see is actually a photographic artifact–the blue is almost reflecting on the white thread…

      • Thank you Lois. I’m happy to learn a little about photography as we go along. Photographing quilts is an art.

  13. Wow! It amazes me to see how such intricate looking designs can be made simple with your step by step tutorials. I have tried my hand at free motion embroidery but not quilting. I’m not ready yet but when I am I will be pulling out one of your tutorials that I have saved. Thank you.

  14. I really, really like this one. I have just the quilt that this is going on. Thank you Lori for sharing your wonderful talent with us all.

  15. My first thought when I saw this is that it is kind of a modern feather design. It’s wonderful, as always!

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  17. Awesome design!! Thanks for sharing it! I just found your blog and am in heaven! I teach FMQ classes at our guild and like to point the ladies to good blogs for further information and designs! The Inbox Jaunt is now on the list of blogs to follow! THANKS!

  18. I absolutely love the dizzy daisy! I thought perhaps the feather with the twirls & swirls was may favorite, but this is a beautiful design that you can play with and enjoy in larger of much smaller areas and still look wonderful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

  19. Lori – Thank you for the tutes (as Ness says), You are fantastic and a real inspiration. I’m actually going to give it a try again. Lots of doodle practice first though. I love these daisies but I’ll try one of your simpler ones. Don’t think I can ever make them look like yours but, wow I’d like to!

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  22. love the tutorial on spirals and daisies. Would you please talk about why you use the wt of thread that you use for this tutorial, meaning the top thread and the bobbin thread. Thank you so very much.

    • Hi Linda, I like 40 wt thread because it is a little heavier and shows up better. I like 50 wt in the bobbin because it is finer and lasts longer. Also because Rayon is slippery (top thread), I use cotton in the bobbin –it’s not slippery so the combination knots better.

      • Thanks for you tutorials. I will be looking for YouTube tutorials next. I really enjoy your work and glad I found your blog.

    • Hi Janet, Because this is Free Motion Quilting, we control the size of the stitch by how fast we move the quilt and how much “gas” we give the sewing machine pedal.

  23. Just found this site by accident and I’m relatively new atFMQuilting….. strictly self taught. How much of your information have I missed? Do you have a book? Also never heard of that thread brand. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for all the tips, hope I can find all this again. I operate mostly from my NOOK. Thanks, Joan

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