The Zippy Car-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I had a great time making Henry’s Baby Quilt–creating a village with a variety of cars and trucks. (See more about Henry’s Quilt HERE).  The machine quilting tutorial for Henry’s Trucks can be found HERE

Several of you requested a tutorial for The Car…

Boy Quilt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


In this sample, the lines are one inch apart–this will give you a start–but the motif can be adjusted to any size.

Begin half way between the bottom two lines.  Create two “steps” with rounded edges.

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Stitch a window, by stitching an elongated oval.

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Stitch another elongated oval to create a second window.

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Stitch two more “steps”…
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Stitch a short line parallel to the bottom line, then stitch a circle–one and 1/2 half revolutions-to create the tire.

Add a short dash (between the tires)…

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Add a second tire–1-1/2 revolutions–and a dash to the front bumper of the car.

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Echo stitch the bottom of the car and tires, add a little scribble “exhaust”  and you are ready to begin the next auto!

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Isn’t that zippy?

Once you know the Basic Car, you manufacture all makes and models by changing the proportions and angles…it’s fun and easy!



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10 thoughts on “The Zippy Car-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. Lori…. did you ever watch Friends? There’s one episode when Chandler can’t get the “whip” sound right and a frustrated Joey ends up saying to him “You can’t do anything!”. Well, this is the opposite, YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING!!! Thank you for another great tutorial 🙂

  2. That’s wonderful…Thank you. Working on a quilt l call planes, trains and automobiles.
    So this is perfect. Now maybe a train or , plane. Lol!! Your the best teacher and you give me such inspiration.

  3. Lori this is awesome. I have been practicing doodling for a week. Ocean waves. Not great but getting better. The flowers have to wait! This car is so cute. Will have to doodle it. I love your Craftsy video. Waiting for payday to get the second one. Determined to get do more that meandering. LOL! Have a great week.
    Aileen in Florida

  4. I love this quilt. There is just so much going on in it. I was drawn into it immediately. You must be a relative of Grandma Moses who painted scenes depicting whole “towns” and the different things going on. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

  5. Love your blog, Lori, and look forward to seeing it each day. I just finished a couch quilt for my daughter’s home and I used the Fabulous Flower motif on the borders. Not perfect, but each side of the border improved. Thanks so much!!!

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