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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Sewing with Nancy-A Behind the Scenes Laugh

Nancy Zieman, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

By now many of you have seen my episodes of Sewing with Nancy on your public television station.  (Also available FREE from Nancy here:

Part One HERE

 Part Two HERE

If you have seen the shows, I think you will appreciate this story.
Nancy Zieman, Lori KennedyA little background…

My daughter, Faye and I traveled to Beaver Dam last February for filming two episodes of Sewing with Nancy.  After spending a preparation day at Nancy’s office in Beaver Dam, we travelled to the PBS station in Madison, Wisconsin for filming.  The day started with a little “hair and makeup” then we moved to the studio.  Nancy explained a few things and we started–no rehearsal.

I was a little nervous…whenever (on the very rare occasions when) I am sitting across from someone I admire greatly and I have five cameras pointing at me, I get a little nervous…

Not bad nerves, but a definite surge of adrenalin…

YOU get the picture.

We started at the coffee table for a little on-camera conversation.  (Sure, just two BFFs chatting over coffee!?)

Then we moved to the sewing machine where I definitely felt more confident and comfortable.

Nancy showed a few quilt samples and then it was my turn.

I started by talking about the importance of doodling.  Then I demonstrated doodling…


Oh dear!

(Surge of more adrenalin)

From the control room….“We can’t see the doodles.  Lori’s hand is in the way”

After several minutes of adjustments, the solution was that I needed to hold up a clipboard with my left hand and hold the pencil at the eraser end with my right hand.  And I had to rotate my right hand up while I doodled. (Okay,sure, whatever helps…)

On 3-2-1…”

So I launched back into my spiel and started doodling…

Now my little nervousness at the eraser end of the pencil looked like seismic tremors at the business end!!!

My doodles were a shaky mess!

Is anyone gonna call CUT????  Please!???

But no one did…so I continued…

You will notice if you doodle long enough your lines will get smoother”  (and my doodles did get smoother–a bit)

(I hope this gets edited!!!)

Seismic tremors were not cut from the final edit…

Sometimes, you just have to laugh!

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy


To add to the hilarity, Faye was up in the control room with quilt designer, Paul Leger from Paul Leger Quilts who was also filming that day.  After I finished stitching the segment, he leaned over to Faye and said “Wow, your Mom is a lot better quilter than she is a doodler!” LOLOLOLOL!

I find a sense of humor really helps in these moments!

What about YOU?

Have YOU had an embarrassing moment lately?

(Was it on film?!)

How did YOU handle it?  Laugh? Cringe? Cry? All of the above?

We’d LOVE to hear!

LOLOLing Lori

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The Shaggy Dog-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Dog Lovers!

After a very busy end of summer, the Tuesday Tutorials are back!  Hooray!


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Today’s machine quilting tutorial (great for long arm quilting too), The Shaggy Dog, is inspired by my daughter, Nora’s doodles. (Nora is a dyed-in-the-wool doodler.  You might like Nora’s Rose HERE)

Nora has always loved Scottie Dogs–her inspiration for this doodle!


This adorable little dog would be a perfect border motif. If you’re a dog lover, add The Shaggy Dog to the center of a quilt block or tuck one into the rest of your quilting as a hidden surprise.  Wouldn’t it be cute to add a Shaggy Dog in to your quilted signature–as your symbol?

BEGIN by marking three lines equidistant apart.

For machine set-up, try using Aurifil 28 wt on top(gray spool)–This heavy weight cotton thread shows well for quilting focus motifs like our Shaggy Dog.   For the bobbin, try 50wt (orange spool) Aurifil cotton.  The extra long staple thread is low lint and because it is lightweight it lasts longer in your bobbin than the heavier weight cotton (28wt) would.

Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch four narrow zig zags.Stitch up from the bottom drawn line to midway between the top two drawn lines.Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog TutorialAdd three or four more zig zags.  Be sure the zig zags drop below the center line–otherwise the Shaggy Dog’s head won’t look like it is attached to his body–sad! Add a small round nose.Stitch up and over the dog’s head and add a curved ear.Stitch down and over the dog’s body, adding a curved tail.  Stitch down to the bottom line.Stitch under the dog and add a simple dog house….Or machine quilt a border of Shaggy Dogs!  Woof!  Woof!Lori Kennedy Quilts, Shaggy Dog Tutorial

Good puppy!

You might like to give your Shaggy Dog a quilted Dog Bone HERE!

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Happy Dog Grooming!

Lhasa Apso Lori

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