The Shaggy Dog-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Dog Lovers!

After a very busy end of summer, the Tuesday Tutorials are back!  Hooray!


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Today’s machine quilting tutorial (great for long arm quilting too), The Shaggy Dog, is inspired by my daughter, Nora’s doodles. (Nora is a dyed-in-the-wool doodler.  You might like Nora’s Rose HERE)

Nora has always loved Scottie Dogs–her inspiration for this doodle!


This adorable little dog would be a perfect border motif. If you’re a dog lover, add The Shaggy Dog to the center of a quilt block or tuck one into the rest of your quilting as a hidden surprise.  Wouldn’t it be cute to add a Shaggy Dog in to your quilted signature–as your symbol?

BEGIN by marking three lines equidistant apart.

For machine set-up, try using Aurifil 28 wt on top(gray spool)–This heavy weight cotton thread shows well for quilting focus motifs like our Shaggy Dog.   For the bobbin, try 50wt (orange spool) Aurifil cotton.  The extra long staple thread is low lint and because it is lightweight it lasts longer in your bobbin than the heavier weight cotton (28wt) would.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch four narrow zig zags.Stitch up from the bottom drawn line to midway between the top two drawn lines.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog TutorialAdd three or four more zig zags.  Be sure the zig zags drop below the center line–otherwise the Shaggy Dog’s head won’t look like it is attached to his body–sad! Add a small round nose.Stitch up and over the dog’s head and add a curved ear.Stitch down and over the dog’s body, adding a curved tail.  Stitch down to the bottom line.Stitch under the dog and add a simple dog house….Or machine quilt a border of Shaggy Dogs!  Woof!  Woof!Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Good puppy!

You might like to give your Shaggy Dog a quilted Dog Bone HERE!

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Happy Dog Grooming!

Lhasa Apso Lori

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17 thoughts on “The Shaggy Dog-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. That is really cute! My daughter’s dog just died and she is very upset. I am planning a memorial quilt using photos of her dog and quilting little words and phrases that remind us of the dog. These motifs will be perfect to put in here and there. You did it again, Lori!

  2. This makes me want to jump out of bed and quilt! How cute😀 After trying it out, I might try to adapt it to other dog breeds…Pomeranian?

  3. Too cute! I tried doing a reindeer with this and it worked as well. Thank you for all the inspiration you create for us!

    • Melissa, I would love to see a picture of your reindeer, or have it explained how you made it. That sounds so clever.

  4. Looks just like my Scottiedog, Sadie. Perfect for the Christmas Scottie quilt I have been working on for 3 xthat 4 years. Loved the iron comparison. Had several Amish at my garage sale laughing about an old hand drill being cordless.

  5. I can actually do this! I am so pleased! Almost instant gratification. I definitely do better learning in steps! Thank you so much!

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