Fantasy Flowers-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Here in Minnesota, winter is already upon us!  The temperatures have been below freezing and we’ve even had several snowfalls…Argh!!!..I am not ready for winter!

The only flowers left are in my imagination–so today we have “Fantasy Flowers“!

Stitch a bouquet of Fantasy Flowers on a child’s quilt or a Modern quilt.  (Of course, don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional quilt as well–the unexpected bit of whimsy adds personality to your quilts!)

The Fantasy Flower is shown here as an all over motif, but it could easily modified for a border.


Begin by stitching a short, straight line.  Add a counter-clockwise spiral over the top of the stem line.
Stitch one and a half revolutions, and stop near the stem line. Add a squared off petal stop before reaching the spiral–leave a small gap here.Add more petals around the spiral.Complete the flower–again leaving space around the spiral.
Travel around the spiral…then add a straight line to begin the next Fantasy Flower.

NOTE-by leaving the space around the spiral, you can travel anywhere within the flower and begin a new flower between any of the petals.  This is very helpful when stitching all-over motifs.

Doodle first and this motif will be a breeze!

Or use your imagination to create your own “Fantasy Flower”!


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What about YOU?

Are YOU ready for winter?  (Or is it summer where YOU live?)

What do you do to prepare for winter?

Do YOU quilt more in winter?

We’d LOVE to hear!



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From Doodle to Stitch

Doodles, Flowers
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Last week, I traveled for the first time to Houston for Quilt Market and when we arrived we realized we were in for a special treat–the Astros were playing in the World Series just a few steps from our hotel!  The city was abuzz with Astro Fever and Quiltmania!   The streets were jammed with quilters carrying bags of fabric and notions and baseball fans sporting their teams colors.   The excitement and energy were palpable!

As I was doing a quilt demo and book signing, a reporter and camera crew came along.  They were doing a segment comparing quilting and baseball!  It is a fun, short video…see if you recognize my free motion quilting!?

World Series of Quilting

Doodles, Flowers


Do you remember this Doodle Lesson?  

We glued a piece of fabric to our notebook and used it to jumpstart a doodle design.

LilQuilter shared  this idea and the article from Machine Quilting Unlimited  

Take the doodle one step beyond.  Add the fabric slice to a quilt sandwich and quilt the design!

Doodles, Flowers

Have fun with this exercise.  Spend at least twenty minutes–the average amount of time it takes to move from left brain (logical and analytical) to right brain (intuitive).

See what develops!

What about YOU?

Do YOU ever just play and experiment with machine quilting?

What works for YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!


Little League 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  Thanks!

New Craftsy Class!

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s an exciting day here at The Inbox Jaunt as we are launching our third Craftsy video:  Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt (click here to see the 90 second preview!!!)

This class is SHORT but SWEET and is classified as a Craftsy mini-course and is available for just $9.99!!!

In less than an hour you can learn a wide variety of tips for transforming YOUR quilt tops into family heirlooms!



Be sure to download the Class Materials–they are a very important part of this class.  You might even want to make several copies right away–and work through them for each quilt you are planning.

If you don’t know where to begin the quilting process, consult the Quilting Roadmap!

If you aren’t sure what motifs to choose, narrow the focus with the Design Worksheet!

And check your progress with The Final Evaluation (not a test, but a way to make constant, steady improvement with your quilting!)

Craftsy, Creating a Quilting Plan


The class begins by choosing an “Approach to Quilting” for every quilt–Basic (simple outlining of blocks), All Over (one or two? motifs!) or Custom (a design plan for each area of the quilt)

Not every quilt needs custom quilting, so we look at easy ways to make Basic and All Over quilting more interesting.



We also discuss how batting, thread and motifs work together to create the look and feel of your quilt.

Craftsy, Craftsy Approaches, Ghost BlocksTECHNIQUES FOR A VARIETY OF QUILT STYLES

And we look at how to quilt a variety of quilt styles including embroidered, appliqué and quilts with a lot of negative space.

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy


Learn about stabilizing, machine guided outlining, free motion outlining, how to cut the bobbin thread when tying, and much, much more!


This class does not include a lot of doodling or stitching of quilt motifs. If you are looking for quilt motifs, try my other two Craftsy classes (50% 0ff this week!)

 Divide and Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space or

Creative Free Motion Techniques: From Doodle to Design

And you won’t learn what motifs to choose for YOUR quilts–only YOU can choose…but WE WILL help YOU think about the process and help YOU decide the best motifs for YOUR quilts based on your skill level, the time available and who the quilt is for!

Lori Kennedy, Craftsy


If you are looking for a quick jumpstart to get you rolling on quilting YOUR UFOs and turning them into family heirlooms–this class is for YOU!

This class is less than one hour!!!  YOU can learn so much in ONE HOUR!!!

Once YOU start quilting, YOUR own ideas will percolate and YOU will be the designer!

So, as they say at Craftsy...”Let’s Get Started!”

Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt–$9.99

May ALL YOUR quilts be heirlooms!