Silly Spirals-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Happy Valentine’s Day, Quilters!


Today we have an EASY–BEGINNER quilt motif!

As you know, I LOVE Spirals, but they are challenging…

(Read Four Steps to Perfect Spirals–my first ever online tutorial—HERE)

To help Beginners get the look of Spirals without the stress, I added The Messy Spiral Rose HERE

Christmas Rose, FMQ, Kennedy


And now I’ve discovered another EASY Spiral for everyone (beginners and advanced) to enjoy:


Begin by drawing parallel lines–any spacing that suits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the line.  Stitch a short line and stop.  This stopping point will be the center of the Silly Spiral.

Then begin stitching a circle–clockwise or counterclockwise-whichever is easier for YOU!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitching revolutions around the stopping point…

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Add as many layers as you like–two, five, seven…..

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once the spiral is complete, stitch to the drawn line and stitch along this line.  Remember, wherever you stop will be the center of the next spiral–so be sure to allow enough room.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it!

This motif is easy–because the spacing between rows is easier than for regular spirals.

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Doodle Silly Spirals first…then get right to your sewing machine…

We will make a small change to this pattern to create another motif I call “Loose Screws”–coming soon!  So be sure to practice!


YOUR Silly Seamstress,


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My Quilt Adventure–Sewing with Nancy!

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back from my Quilt Adventure–a trip to Wisconsin to meet Nancy Zieman and record two episodes of Sewing with Nancy!

And what an adventure it was!

My daughter, Faye joined me for the trip.

We arrived in Beaver Dam at Nancy’s office and home of Nancy’s Notions Catalog warehouse and retail store– where we were graciously greeted by Nancy and her wonderful staff.

We spent the day writing a script and preparing a few extra samples.

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Nancy had an advanced copy of my book, Machine Quilting 1-2-3— (Available March 21!)


The next day, we traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to the Wisconsin Public Televison studios where we met Big Bird!

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

And then went straight to work preparing the studio set.

It was fascinating to see “behind the scenes” of a TV studio!

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Soon it was   Lights!  Camera!  Action!

I was a little nervous–but Nancy is a pro–she’s recorded nearly 800 episodes of Sewing with Nancy since 1982 -making it one of the longest running TV shows!

You can watch full episodes of Sewing with Nancy online HERE.

And be sure to check out her blog, HERE

Nancy has a wonderful way of making her guest feel welcome and calm.

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

After several hours of demonstrating both doodles and quilting…

the control room declared:  “That’s a wrap!”

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting 1-2-3 on Sewing with Nancy will air on September 11, 2017–

And Faye and I will always remember our time with Nancy Zieman, her husband, Rich and her staff, Donna, Emily, Vicki, and all…as one of our most exciting quilt adventures  ever!

Thank you, Nancy!