In the Beginning…

Lollipop Flowers, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

It has been an extremely busy summer for my family-and I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties…(It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about YOU…)  I just haven’t had much time to stitch and photograph tutorials or projects.  So I thought we would change things up for the next few weeks.


The Plan–We will review some old content, quilts and tutorials.  Think of it as a semester review.  For those of you who have been here for the past five years, you may recognize some of the quilts, but we will look at everything with fresh eyes.

 After all, we’ve all learned a lot in the last few years!

We will look at “The BEST of…”  “YOUR Favorites”  and “New Lessons from Old Quilts”


This little red quilt was what started it all–my obsession with machine doodling and whole cloth quilts.

An idea kept swirling in my head….next it was an absent-minded doodle…. then all of a sudden, I felt compelled to drop what I was doing (probably  dusting) and get it onto fabric, quick!  There was an urgency that this  fleeting thought would vaporize  if I didn’t work fast!


The tension is terrible–the stitches are unbalanced and the center of the flowers puckered because the tension was sotight.

I didn’t iron the fabric–and the wrinkles torment me in these photos.

Look at those zig zags!  egads!


I love the Lillipop Spiral Flower (it’s even included in my book–p.91)

I like the idea of the zig zags (the execution, not so much).

I like the square composition with the flowers pointing into the center.

When I  learned more about thread, tension and composition, I stitched this version:

(Still need to learn about pressing before stitching–argh!)Lori Kennedy, FMQ, Spiral LollipopEvaluating Every Quilt

We learn something from every quilt.  I highly recommend that you evaluate every quilt by asking three simple questions:

What worked?

What didn’t work?

What would I do next time?


What about YOU?  Have YOU ever had a thought or idea that you had to get down on fabric or on paper as quick as a bunny?

Do YOU evaluate your completed quilts?

Have you looked back lately to see your progress?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Feeling nostalgic,


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