Finishing Touches –The Sunflower Sampler

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank YOU all for joining me in the excitement about our new book!  It will make using the Tuesday Tutorials so much easier!  The first book (perhaps a sequel?) contains more than 61 of my favorite tutorials.  Because each tutorial has a number of photos, we were forced to limit the selection—but you still know where to find the rest!

Today we are finishing The Sunflower Sampler–just in time to get started on our Christmas projects!


If you are like me, not everything gets a full label…so I make sure to sign and date each quilt in FMQ.  Practice doodling your name first in one continuous line and then practice stitching it on a scrap of fabric.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler


Next fill in the corner squares with any motif you like. Either choice of thread will work. ( I used the thread from the center Sunflower–a solid thread.) I added a spiral with petals, but you could simply add a spiral or a wavy line.  Be creative.

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler


Add a one inch border pattern around the entire quilt.   I recommend using whichever thread you used for the Sunflower.  This gives the design balance.

Choose any border motif.  I used Braided Wheat.

Beginner Loops would look great as well.

Or use the Leaves we doodled last week.

Wheat Braid, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

When you get to the signature area,  make the motif a little smaller…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler


Add a simple binding.


I can feel the warmth!

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Here’s the original-stitched on a hand dyed fabric…

The center of the Sunflower is a little different and some of the motifs around the flower are different…

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler

Do YOU have a favorite?

Machine Quilting, Sunflower Sampler


Day One

Day Two 

Day Three 

Day Four 

Day Five

Day Six


Send photos of YOUR finished quilt (variations too!) to —By December 5th

Be sure to put “Sunflower Sampler” in the subject line.

We’ll have an online quilt shown with prizes for the “People’s Choice”.

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Sunny (not Snowy) Quilting,


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

10 thoughts on “Finishing Touches –The Sunflower Sampler

  1. I learn so much from your blog – I can honestly say I love free motion quilting and I bet you are 90% responsible!!! Thank you.

  2. Humph….. we wouldn’t mind if they printed/published an encyclopedia…”A to Z with Lori”. Every quilter and guild would need one. With annual addendums no less..
    Guess I am dating myself, along with carbon, RE encyclopedias. My question today: For 61 projects in the book, shall we get 61 blank vase quilts ready between now and March? Or will preparation be part of the tutorials?

  3. I love both sunflowers. Each have different motifs around the outer edge. You do such great work and I have really enjoyed your website. Thank you big time.

  4. Lori, congrats on your book! I can’t wait to buy it! You and your simple design style are such an inspiration to me. I first learned about you on Craftsy and now I so look forward to your blog. How you share what you know is so inspirational! Thanks so much!!

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