The Daffodil-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Before we run out of days…The Flower of the Month for March is The Daffodil.

(See January- Carnations HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorialand February-Violets  HERE)

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Violets

If YOUR birthday is in March–Happy Birthday!

Daffodils are the Birth flower for March birthdays.

Daffodils are also given for 10th wedding anniversaries, and are common as Easter flowers.

Daffodils represent joy and happiness.  As one of the earliest flowers of Spring, they also represent rebirth, hope, mirth and new beginnings.

Did you know…Bulbs from daffodils are harvested and processed for a chemical that aids in the treatment of Alzheimer’s?


Daffodils don’t grow on vines, but we are going to use a little “artistic license” here and make it a vine.  (Next week we will stitch another Daffodil motif that is planted in the ground like it is supposed to be…)

We are going to use a little machine quilting trick in the center of the flower so that we exit on the top of the flower….


To begin, stitch a Loose Screw  ending on the top of the spiral.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a wavy line back to the “vine”.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch three kite shaped petals, ending on the top of the flower.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now here’s the TRICK….

Stitch a wavy line on the right side of the spiral, back to the stem….Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then add the last two petals and trail off to begin the next flower on the vine.Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Complete all the Daffodils from edge to edge…

Then echo-stitch the right side of the flowers, adding the classic Daffodil leaf–a slim line with another bent, slim leaf…
Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add slim leaves between the petals and along the vine–anywhere there is a space that needs filling.

Repeat the echo stitch step on the other side of the Daffodil to complete the motif.

Daffodil, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


By stitching this motif in three passes–

  1. The Daffodils,
  2. the right-sided echo stitching and leaves, then
  3. the left-sided echo stitching and leaves

–you do what I call–“Layering In” –or developing a motif by adding details in different rows of stitching.

A daffodil always makes me smile!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite Spring flower?

We’d LOVE to hear!


Your Joyful Jonquil,


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Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

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Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy




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19 thoughts on “The Daffodil-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. My daffodils have been blooming about 3 weeks now. I brought some in the house of course.. I think I need a vase quilt with daffys on it… Yep !

  2. Who doesn’t love daffodils? Such a happpy flower and, speaking of happy, my DH got me your new machine quilting book for my birthday! Arrived this weekend and I intend to spend my actual birthday, 4/3, practicing from it…great book!

  3. Thank-you for this lovely daffadil. I have a soft pastel quilt top and I have been stumped trying to think of a stitch for it. This will be perfect. Also, befor I forget, I love your book!

  4. Received your book on Saturday and have been though it twice so far. It is WONDERFUL!!!!! Thank you.

  5. I love forsythia, but they don’t last very long. The fluttering petals always mark the start of spring for me. Though I don’t think they would lend themselves to a quilted flower. Love your new book.

  6. I love your daffodils. Tulips are my favorite spring flower. I have even used “tulips” as a password.

  7. My favorite spring flower would have to be the Trillium. When I see them coming up in the woods I know spring is here to stay! My birth flower is the violet which I also love the purple color and sweet smell it has.
    Thank you for the great tutorial on the daffodil flower. I am enjoying your flower series. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I received my signed copy of your new book yesterday and I LOVE it. Have already used three of the patterns on a table topper I was in the middle of quilting… Love the new ideas you have, I’m always looking for something different to do. Thanks again, I love your book.

  9. Hi Lori,
    I did receive my autographed book a few days ago and have totally enjoyed every page and it will be my go to book, Thank you! and also thanks for the flower of the Month, I’m a March baby, spring 3-21–. Love your flower design-s (I thought you forgot) I can’t wait to see what else you create with it?
    You are truly a great inspiration to me. I also have your Craftsy=Divide & Conguer, and enjoy revisiting it from time to time.
    Thank you 8-}
    Glenda Reece
    doodle doodle

  10. Thank you Lori ☺ I definitely need to get your book!
    My favorite spring flower,although it’s hard to pick just one, has to be the old fashioned lilac! Such beauty and heavenly smell… sigh. Enjoy your springtime, thanks again for sharing your talent with others! ???

  11. My mini-daffodils are almost done for, but my large singles and doubles are just starting to open. Love the daffies and your lesson today sure makes a neat one to try.

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