Loose Screws-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I don’t want any commentary from the peanut gallery–(especially family…)–about the name of today’s tutorial…

Before we get to work…


Many of you have received your copies of The Book…

Now the question is…how many of YOU read it thoroughly?

Did YOU read the Dedication page?  (It’s one of the last pages of the book….?)

I’m not telling….YOU will have to see for yourself!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Personalized copies from, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE


We continue our “Make New Friends” series with the BERNINA Ambassador blog tour…

Yesterday we met Kelly Ashton, Lynn Carson Harris, Diane Doran and Melody Crust...

Today you are in for a real treat!

Kathy Delaney (Appliqué)

Christa Watson, (Modern piecing and machine quilting), and

Mandy Leins, (Modern Long Arm quilting)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now don’t be gone too long….

We have a FEW LOOSE SCREWS to Machine Quilt!

Begin by drawing parallel lines–In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Stitch a wavy line along the drawn line, then stitch a clockwise loop.


Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitch clockwise…

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Around and around…as many times as you like.

Two or three looks nice…

But so does five, six, seven….

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

As you approach the drawn line…stitch another wavy line and begin a counter clockwise spiral…

(Does this look musical to anyone????–we may have a new motif in the works!?!)

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a full row of Loose Screws from Edge to Edge…

Then add more rows…

The spirals can be all different sizes.

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Be sure to Doodle first! 

And get right on this one–we need it for next week’s tutorial–The Daffodil!

If you like Loose Screws--you may also like Silly Spirals

They are similar-Silly Spirals are a little easier to learn because there is a place to stop and think before your begin the Spirals.  On the other hand, Loose Screws are a little more challenging to learn, but once you do, they are faster to stitch!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I know I say this all the time…but I think both of these motifs are my new favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any new favorites?

We’d LOVE to hear!


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!

Make New Friends-A Blog Hop

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Afternoon, Quilters!

I’m off to a late start…

First, I want to thank all of you who have purchased my book--Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  It is sellin’ like hotcakes!  And getting rave reviews

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Please consider writing a review on Amazon (even if you didn’t buy from there)  it really helps!!

Personalized, autographed copies are available from my Etsy shop, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

(Be sure to include the names of who you want the book autographed “to”…makes a great gift for your quilting friends!)

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE

And be sure to check YOUR local quilt shop!  I know Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake has copies!!!

Bernina Ambassador Reunion


My motto for 2017 is Make New Friends…I would like to try new things, learn new techniques and think in new ways…

But I also love to meet new people.

This week we are going on a blog hop with a few of the BERNINA Ambassadors!  Each day, I will include links to a few new friends!

I am certain YOU will find inspiration along the way!

Today…please hop over to meet Kelly, Lynn, Diane and Melody–Read their stories and discover their passion!

Be sure to leave a comment here and there!

They all want to meet YOU too!!!

Monday March 20

Lynn Carson Harris
Kelly Ashton
Diane Doran
Melody Crust


Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy

Happy Hopping…

But be sure to hop right back tomorrow…I have a really fun tutorial for YOU!  (and more friends to meet!)