The Caboose-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today we are finishing our Circus Train with The Caboose

1-2-3 Caboose!  1-2-3 Caboose ( A game we used to play to pass time while waiting for loooong trains in Chicago!)

You can find the Circus Train Engine HERE

and The Coal Car HERE


Before we get started…I want to say a big “Thank you” to Sandy from Hissyfitz Designs for reviewing  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3  

Read “You NEED This Book!”  HERE

An excerpt:

Sandy is a pattern designer, appliqué teacher and a fellow BERNINA Ambassador.  (Teapot collectors:  be sure to check out her Teapot Quilt Pattern HERE)

Thank you, Sandy!

  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (Available  HERE on Etsy)


Begin by drawing two lines 3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the bottom line.

Stitch two Silly Spirals, ending on the right side of the wheel.
Stitch over the wheel.   Stitch two to three stitches between the wheels and over the front wheel.   Circus Train, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch up and create a bumper….then stitch a straight line.  Add a rectangle.

Stitch an upper rectangle.

Stitch over and back to complete the top of the Caboose. Stitch to the left, and drop down to create a small window.Stitch a second rectangle window.

Stitch a straight line down to finish the Caboose.  

This would be an adorable border on ANY quilt!

Just a little doodling and lots of ways to personalize…

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….

I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I Could!

YOU can do this!!!


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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!