Fantasy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Here in Minnesota, winter is already upon us!  The temperatures have been below freezing and we’ve even had several snowfalls…Argh!!!..I am not ready for winter!

The only flowers left are in my imagination–so today we have “Fantasy Flowers“!

Stitch a bouquet of Fantasy Flowers on a child’s quilt or a Modern quilt.  (Of course, don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional quilt as well–the unexpected bit of whimsy adds personality to your quilts!)

The Fantasy Flower is shown here as an all over motif, but it could easily modified for a border.


Begin by stitching a short, straight line.  Add a counter-clockwise spiral over the top of the stem line.
Stitch one and a half revolutions, and stop near the stem line. Add a squared off petal stop before reaching the spiral–leave a small gap here.Add more petals around the spiral.Complete the flower–again leaving space around the spiral.
Travel around the spiral…then add a straight line to begin the next Fantasy Flower.

NOTE-by leaving the space around the spiral, you can travel anywhere within the flower and begin a new flower between any of the petals.  This is very helpful when stitching all-over motifs.

Doodle first and this motif will be a breeze!

Or use your imagination to create your own “Fantasy Flower”!


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What about YOU?

Are YOU ready for winter?  (Or is it summer where YOU live?)

What do you do to prepare for winter?

Do YOU quilt more in winter?

We’d LOVE to hear!



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13 thoughts on “Fantasy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. I bought your book and purchased your free motion class on Craftsy. I enjoy your approach and feel like I am learning not to be intimidated byFMQ. I love waking up each day to read your blog. Thanks so much.

  2. Yuk, winter! We’ve had two sad attempts at “S” (I refuse to use the whole word yet), which is very early for us here on Canada’s west coast. It has definitely driven me indoors more to quilt, and I guess it can be considered guilt-free quilting, as you can’t work outdoors anyway … the only upside to bad weather. I’ve assembled four quilt tops in the last few weeks … nothing too challenging. Now on to the quilting.
    Love the flowers, hmmm, I wonder if I can make them work on one of those quilt tops.

  3. Hi Lori, As always, your methods and designs are super awesome. I so love watching your Craftsy classes and your books are right by my longarm, as these tutorials work just as well! I admire your imagination and how well you execute to instruction. Amazing. THANK YOU!

  4. I live in Wisconsin. We left for Mexico just before the temp dropped to 10 degrees. Leaving tomorrow for home. Not looking forward to winter when we get back. We plan to deer hunt and then I’ll be able to do some quilting. First quilting I have done since I got here— doodled this flower! Love your tutorials.

  5. Since taking up quilting/sewing a couple years ago, I find the weather outside is not as frustrating to me. Actually, it is the heat in our St Louis summers that is the hardest, and as I like to garden, I was often frustrated. Now, I just switch gears and spend the afternoon downstairs in my quilting area and count my blessings that I have fun work to do inside where it is cool. As soon as the weather cools, we like having a fire in the wood burning stove, and it is lovely to work outside in the moderately cold weather and come back in and warm up. Love your motifs and easy way of making them, Lori! Will check out that Craftsy class. Cheers!

    • Ditto, Linda. Summers are really the time for quilting here in Houston. Our hot, sticky summer weather limits outside activity so it is the perfect time for indoor projects. The fall weather we are finally getting makes me feel like gardening and outside clean up.

  6. I bought your book and have enjoyed it so much (as I do your blog). I used several of the ideas when quilting my son-in-law’s Labrynth Walk. That is a beast to put under a dsm. Thanks for all your ideas.

  7. I LOVE fall and winter! The summer heat here in Eastern PA can be awful; high temps, high humidity and no breezes. I like doing a little gardening and just can’t in the heat. So, in the summer, I’m mostly in my sewing room with the A/C. I like being outside in the fall, getting the garden ready for winter and raking our leaves into the woods behind our house. My machine sits in front of a window so I can watch the leaves change and if we have it, the falling snow – gorgeous! I love working at my sewing machine making pretty things and using the wonderful ideas and tips you share – they’re awesome! Thank you for being so generous with your skills.

  8. i got your last class on having a quilting plan and must say that I think it is very good. I haven’t had a chance to use the knowledge gained yet . I am sorting out my littered studio so I have room to work easily.

  9. I can find an excuse to quilt regardless of the weather – Spring: allergies keep me inside; Summer: heat limits the time I can be out, along with lingering allergies; Fall: I find myself more inclined to be outside when the beautiful leaves are dropping, begging to be collected and I abide by paraffin dipping to retain their color a bit longer for decorating; Winter: Too cold for me to leave my toasty sewing and quilting rooms to be outside – rather watch the rain and snow from the warmer side of the window.

    • Lol!! There is evidence that doodling actually makes you more attentive to the meeting as well! Win-win!!

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