From Sunflowers to Poinsettias

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Good Morning, Quilters!

Hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!

And I hope the fridge is stocked with leftovers so you don’t have to cook tonight because I have a great project to kick off Christmas!

With just a little razzle dazzle,  The Sunflower Sampler becomes the Poinsettia Sampler!

(For those of you who haven’t been here in awhile, The Sunflower Sampler was our recent quilt-a-long.  You can find all the instructions for The Sunflower Sampler HERE.)

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

Substitute the Poinsettia FMQ tutorial HERE for the Sunflower center.

Choose alternating curvy and linear motifs around the center to fill the background.  I used Spirals  and The Twist free motion quilting tutorial –and alternated the two motifs in sections around the poinsettia.

By using matching thread, the background recedes and allows the poinsettia to “pop”.

FMQ, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Christmas

For a simple border, I added wavy lines-one inch apart- and echo stitched each line for more emphasis.

When I finished  the border, I realized this would have been the perfect time to have used a Twin Needle–but we’ll save that lesson for another day–coming soon!


Please send photos of YOUR Sunflower, Poinsettia or other sampler for our online quilt show.  We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes!

To enter send one photo per quilt–as many quilts as you like–to  Please add “Sunflower Sampler” to the subject line so I don’t miss it–by December 5th.

We can’t wait to see what YOU create–AND you will have a great Christmas present ready to give!


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We have lots more quilting all week!

And I can’t wait to show you a new project I’m working on…

Happy Stitching,


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