Doodle Thursday–Staggered Circles

Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy 

Good Morning, Quilters!

Wasn’t it fun to see Jana’s amazing quilting on her treadle sewing machine!?  Thank you to all of those who wrote in about another treadle quilter, Tim Latimer of  His quilts are also beautiful!  I know many of you have treadle machines–it might be a fun thing to try in the new year!


My 2018 calendar is starting to fill up!  Two daughters are getting married–which means two wedding quilts!  Book Two…More Free Motion Machine Quilting  will be launched sometime this spring and I have started writing Book 3.

I will continue writing for American Quilter Magazine (Subscribe HERE) and I have a new gig writing for the Craftsy Quilting blog.  Check out my first post:  What is Free-Motion Quilting? Plus 3 Steps to Get Started  –but then again, most of YOU could have written that post!


Musicians play the scales. Athletes lift weights.  Machine quilters doodle.  These are the drills that elevate our craft.  January is a great time to focus more attention on doodling.  Doodle every day!  Doodle every where!  Doodle often for short periods of time.


This week, doodle circles.

I drew a series of lines one inch apart and staggered circles along the lines.  This will help you learn spacing, and improve your circle and spiral motifs.

Circle Doodles, Lori KennedyNext, fill in the circles with simple lines.  Do YOU think you could quilt this?

Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy
Finally, see how many different ways you can fill the circles.

Really challenge yourself to create a variety of designs.
Circle Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Look through a book or a magazine for more ideas.  ( I found this vintage children’s book in the $1 bin at my local library!)Vintage Childrens Book

When you have time, give one of YOUR new doodles a quick spin on your sewing machine–treadle or computerized!

What about YOU?

Have YOU started a doodle habit?

Have YOU designed a quilting motif?

Has doodling improved YOUR quilting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Doodle Diarist,


PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…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!