Adding On: Circle Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Last week we doodled circles of different sizes and we filled the inside of the circles.  See Staggered Circles HERE

Adding on to Circle Doodles

This week we will start with Staggered Circles again, but let’s leave the center blank and design the outside of the circles.

First, draw lines equidistant apart on a sheet of paper. This helps keep the pattern from looking too random.

Then add staggered circles in a variety of sizes.

(NOTE–Several people asked about my large calendar pad–It is from Russel+Hazel–find HERE on my Amazon Affiliate link)

Lori Kennedy Circle Doodles

Add shapes to the outside of the circles.  Create a variety of petal shapes to design your own flowers.

Then switch gears (pun intended).  Add shapes to the outside to make gear like designs and patterns that don’t look like flowers.Lori Kennedy Circle Doodles

How many different designs can YOU create?

Small changes can create dramatic differences in the overall design.

Choose one or two favorites and repeat this exercise alternating the two designs.

Stitch your favorite on a sample fat quarter!

Lori Kennedy Circle Doodles

Doodlers make better quilters…

And stay awake during boring football games!


Your ChicagoBears-TurnedVikings Fan,


PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

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12 thoughts on “Adding On: Circle Doodles

  1. I am piecing a mountain/polar bear top right now for my arriving soon granddaughter and these stars/snowflakes/flowers will be perfect hanging in the sky above the mountains and bear! Very timely for me, thanks Lori!

  2. Love circles, Lori! I’m not so disciplined with doodling, but I find a little helps before beginning to quilt. I’m in the midst of using dots and daisies as an all over design on a quilt. Big beautiful daisies! Thanks for this fun, easy design! Spring is just around the corner you know! 🌼🌼

  3. Well, your fans and followers bought up all the calendars, Amazon says this is unavailable and it’s not known when and if there will be more! Haha!
    But I’ll try doodling the circles elsewhere!

  4. Hi Lori, I love, love, LOVE your posts! I went through your archives and almost believe that, I just may be able to learn how to do this! I couldn’t get interested in it before. It all seemed too complex. But as I read through your archives, I got really fascinated about learning how to do it. Maybe I will discover that it is fun. I especially like working on small quilts, so making quilt sandwiches to practice on is appealing. Anyway, thanks for teaching about this doodling and free motion quilting. I so appreciate your blog.

  5. I love your posts. I also love my Boogie board. Went and bought one and use it almost every nite cuddled under a quilt and watching TV. My doodling has improved and using it on the latest quilt where the houses are all different , it helps to work out the design.

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