Silly Spirals-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Valentine’s Day, Quilters!

 

Today we have an EASY–BEGINNER quilt motif!

As you know, I LOVE Spirals, but they are challenging…

(Read Four Steps to Perfect Spirals–my first ever online tutorial—HERE)

To help Beginners get the look of Spirals without the stress, I added The Messy Spiral Rose HERE

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy

Doodle.FMQ

And now I’ve discovered another EASY Spiral for everyone (beginners and advanced) to enjoy:

THE SILLY SPIRAL-A FREE MOTION, MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing parallel lines–any spacing that suits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the line.  Stitch a short line and stop.  This stopping point will be the center of the Silly Spiral.

Then begin stitching a circle–clockwise or counterclockwise-whichever is easier for YOU!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitching revolutions around the stopping point…

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add as many layers as you like–two, five, seven…..

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once the spiral is complete, stitch to the drawn line and stitch along this line.  Remember, wherever you stop will be the center of the next spiral–so be sure to allow enough room.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it!

This motif is easy–because the spacing between rows is easier than for regular spirals.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Doodle Silly Spirals first…then get right to your sewing machine…

We will make a small change to this pattern to create another motif I call “Loose Screws”–coming soon!  So be sure to practice!

Signed,

YOUR Silly Seamstress,

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Silly Spirals-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. Love these. I especially love the messy rose. I really like this type of line fmq because it is so easy to do a few and stop and you are not stopping in the middle of the quilt, your starts and stops can be off the quilt, and you feel you have accomplished something if you only have an hour or so to quilt. I just love your quilting demos! Gosh you are so talented!!

  2. Roundie-Round Spirals….love circles and all things ROUND. This gives me a fabulous idea for quilting the wonky squares on my mom’s quilt I’m making. MUCH THANKS!!! ***smiles***

  3. thank you for another great (and easy) quilting idea. I have been expanding my stitching because of your tutorials! Thanks again.

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