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

Doodle.FMQ

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

THE SILLY SPIRAL-A FREE MOTION, MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

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!

Signed,

YOUR Silly Seamstress,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

Hugs and Kisses–A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to give you Hugs and Kisses!

This adorable motif is perfect for any quilt you are giving as a gift–Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Christmas…Send your love with your next quilt!

Begin by drawing two parallel lines–any distance apart–from very large to teeny tiny.  (In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the lower line.  Stitch an angled-line to the top line.

Echo stitch halfway back–to the center.

Stitch an angled line (up and left) to the top drawn line.

Echo stitch this line and then stitch across the middle to the bottom drawn line.

Echo stitch the bottom of the “x”

Then stitch under the “x” to begin the next motif.

Stitch over several stitches–so you are in the middle of where your “O” will be placed.

Stitch a full circle.

Then echo stitch the interior of the circle.

 

Exit underneath the “O” and stitch along the bottom line to begin the next “X”.

LOVE!!!

Hugs and Kisses from ME to YOU!!!

Lori

PS…Does anyone know…is the X a hug and the O the kiss?  How did this ever get started?

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Machine Quilting Valentine’s Day–Round Up

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day?

From my earliest schooldays–when we got to decorate a Kleenex “mailboxes” with doilies -I have LOVED everything associated with Valentine’s Day.

Here is a round-up of Valentine’s motifs– (more coming in the next two weeks)

Spiral Heart Border

Spiral Heart Border

Doodle Heart

Free Motion Quilted Heart

Heart Leaf Vine

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-The Heart Leaf Vine

Double Heart Vine

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial, Double Heart Leaf Vine

Extra Sweetheart Border

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Here is a little quilt I made for my mother–with one of her favorite songs…

The Extra-Sweet Heart Border Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

One of my earliest “doodle quilts”:

Free Motion Quilting, Hearts

If YOU are planning to make a quilt for YOUR Valentine–

Remember to DOODLE FIRST!

Doodle, Valentines, Zentangle

And while you’re at it—make a few cards for your sweethearts…

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Plain envelopes with red markers or white gel pens on brown paper…

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?

Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day?

Do YOU love to doodle? (I hope so….)

Do YOU love to machine quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!