Scrollwork-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

My daughters, Faye and Olivia are mirror-image identical twins.  One is right handed, the other left handed.  (Read more HERE)

Today, we are going to use mirror-imaging to turn a simple quilting pattern into gorgeous Scrollwork!

Mirror Image Twins


Begin by drawing three vertical parallel lines, equidistant apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.

Stitch on the line a few stitches and wave to the right line.  Stitch on the right line a few stitches.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Taper down a few stitches and echo stitch back to the center line.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Stitch a right spiral and stop.
Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the center line and begin the next motif in the pattern-stitch to the right line.

Continue by stitching the right side of the entire border, then knot off.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial


Begin stitching on the center line.

Wave to the left line and stitch on the left line several stitches.  Taper down and echo stitch to the center line.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Add a left-sided spiral.Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

As you spiral out, sweep the middle line and begin the next motif.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

When the two sides are combined–gorgeous Scrollwork!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial


Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Scrollwork, Tutorial

Twice as lovely!

Faye and Olivia, Mirror image Identical twins

You may find that one side looks different than the other–it is difficult to create perfect mirror image spirals.  Don’t fret–the asymmetry gives the design more interest and character–just like Faye and Olivia have different personalities…

IMHO— life (and quilting) are more interesting that way!


Happy Stitching,


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24 thoughts on “Scrollwork-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. I have been a big fan–of both your blog and your Craftsy classes for a while now and have been actively adding your motifs to my quilting projects. On your recommendation, I also bought and just received “180 Doodle Quilting Designs” which is quickly becoming a favorite. It was not, however, quilting that inspired me to send you a message today. I just wanted to say “hi” from the mom of one set of mirror-image identical twins to another. How cool! Although I’m sure there are many of us out there, you are the first mom of mirror-image twins I have ever had contact with. So a great big HELLO to you, Faye and Olivia from Dianne, Emily and me!!…and thanks so much for all the quilting inspiration you so graciously share!!

      • They’re 29. I had done research on twins when I was pregnant and saw an article about mirror-image identicals. So when one looked like she might be a lefty, I asked our pediatrician if they could be mirror-image twins. He snickered and asked where in the world I had heard that–I felt kind of silly. It wasn’t a year or two later, however, that he himself wondered at a check-up–hmm, wonder if they’re mirror-image identical twins. We had the opportunity a few years back to have their DNA tested–now we’re sure. 🙂

  2. Your twins are adorable. I never heard of that term before. My family has 3 sets of twins- my Dad (fraternal) my Mom’s sisters (identical) and my Mom’s uncles (identical)
    But I don’t think the identicals were mirror b/c they were easy to tell the difference, at least for me.
    None of the next generation, or the next, has any twins. We thought surely one of us would but it didn’t happen. I had 2 very close though- seemed like twins lol 🙂

  3. How would you turn a corner if you wanted to do this in a border? I have a quilt I’m about to sandwich and I would like to use this, but just wondering before I start doodling myself if you have any ideas. Thanks!

  4. They look great your twin daughters, and for the first time I tiptoed with respect on your family photos and how gorgeous you are all looking on the photo of your daughter’s wedding ! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I just love the scroll work. I can’t wait till I have the opportunity to use it. After a lot of doodleing I made the sale boats and sun rises etc on dark blue and made it into a pillow. Thanks so much for your tutorials. They have given me the courage to be more creative and break down the patterns. Simplify them.

  6. My best friend is the mother of mirror image twin sons. I had never heard of that until I met her. The similarities don’t end there either. Their first jobs were with the same company, they both were transferred to CT, the one that was living there first was in a condo. He got a message from his brother saying he was also looking online at a condo & the more he described it the more familiar it seemed. Turned out it was right next door to his brother!

  7. I am one of a twin too, identical supposedly but my twin is my brother, he is better looking than I am, drat, hahahaha! But even though he lives 18,000 miles away from me on the other side of the world I hold him close! Love yours!!!

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