How to Quilt Super Spiral with Walking Foot and Longarm Quilting

Ready to quilt one of my all time favorite quilting designs? Let's learn how to quilt Super Spiral together on both a home machine and on the longarm!

Quick Links to things in this tutorial:

Marking Pencil

Quilting Gloves

Isacord Thread

Grace Qnique Longarm

Tips for Machine Quilting Super Spiral

I love quilting Super Spiral because it's such a simple design, but it can make a huge impact on your quilts! 

How to quilt Super Spiral

On a home machine, you can quilt one Super Spiral over your entire quilt. This simple circular texture is the perfect way to finish a quilt top with busy fabrics and prints.

Jelly Town Baby Quilt Super Spiral Quilting

I quilted the Jelly Town Baby Quilt with one massive Super Spiral starting in the center of the quilt. It was a bit tough to quilt right in the center, but as the spiral expanded, the design became easier and easier to manage. Click Here to find this pattern.

Just remember to always quilt in a clockwise direction when quilting Super Spiral on your home machine. That way you will have less quilt in the arm of the machine with every ring you stitch and the quilt will feel progressively easier to move.

Mega Pinwheel Star Walking Foot Workshop

I quilted an even bigger Super Spiral on the Mega Pinwheel Star quilt and it was tricky with a thick batting and fluffy minky backing fabric. Click Here to join the Mega Star Walking Foot Workshop to learn even more about walking foot quilting on really big quilts.

Quilting on a Longarm Machine

When quilting Super Spiral on a longarm frame, you won't be able to expand the design to cover an entire quilt, but you will be able to quilt it much faster. Rather than having to take one stitch at a time through the center, tightest section of the spiral, I was able to swing the machine around super fast.

how to quilt super spiral on a longarm

While it's definitely faster, I'll need a lot more practice in order to quilt this shape smoothly without wobbling. It's far from perfect so I threw more thread at it and quilted back into the center of the spiral to add more lines of quilting to the design. I think this turned out great!

how to quilt Super Spiral on a longarm

Click Here to learn more about this longarm machine.

I hope you can see there are upsides and downsides to both forms of machine quilting. Which is the best for you? Try quilting Super Spiral and decide for yourself!

Would you like to create a big, beautiful quilt AND learn how to machine quilt lots of different designs? Then you should join in the fun and make the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt with me!

marvelous mosaic quilting sampler quilt

We're quilting all 30 designs from the book Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day and we're going to connect together the best 20 to create the Marvelous Mosaic Quilt. Find the quilt pattern and detailed instructions in the book, available in the following formats: 

Explore Print Edition

Explore Ebook Edition

Explore Kindle Edition

Click Here to find all the walking foot quilting videos I've shared so far. We're making three quilts together from this book and you can join in the fun and follow along anytime!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

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  • Leah Day - June 12, 2018

    Hi Terri – Great question! I don’t think it will work to pull your guide bar that far out from your foot. It might not hold very securely and wobble on you, which will not be helpful creating a smooth spiral. Of course, please test it to see for yourself.

    My suggestion would be to look for another guide bar that’s longer or modify the one you have by maybe taping a second bar to the end. Again, it might not be the most secure option, but it should work in a pinch. Another suggestion would be to mark the spiral on your quilt. That will ensure it’s the size and shape you want and then all you have to do is quilt on the line!

  • Terri - June 12, 2018

    I’m going to do a super spiral on my quilt. I don’t want to quilt the lines too close to each other. It’s a twin size quilt and I want it to be soft. I want to do 2.75 distance apart. I’ve moved the needle over to the farthest distance away from the guide. The guide for my walking foot only goes out to 2 inches. Can I extend the guide by pulling it further out which would take the guide out of one of the slots that hold it in? Or do you have any ideas of how I can get more distance between my spirals?

  • Leah Day - June 05, 2018

    Hi Linda – I think using a bedsheet is perfectly fine! I know there are a lot of quilters out there that turn their noses up that this idea and claim it’s terrible and it will ruin your quilt, but honestly – why not?? If it’s 100% cotton fabric and it feels like it’s good quality fabric, then that should be perfectly fine. That’s just my opinion though! Test it out with a baby quilt, wash it 100 times, and let me know what happens!

  • Linda - June 05, 2018

    I have done 6 Mosaic blocks so far, really enjoying it. I have a question- when doing QAYG walking foot blocks, what would be your thoughts on using a bedsheet for backing material?

  • Leah Day - June 02, 2018

    Hi June – The template is on page 79 for the Jelly Town baby quilt. I didn’t mark the design on the longarm because honestly I forgot about that template! LOL! I had kept that one made in freezer paper, but completely forgot where it was so I just decided to free hand it. Often when I’m shooting videos on the longarm it’s a bit haphazard and always in a hurry because I never know when I’ll be interrupted in the house. Always an adventure!

  • June - June 02, 2018

    Found the template and directions for how to make it. Thank you.

  • June - June 02, 2018

    What page in the book is the information on the template? I have the ebook if that matters. Scrolling thru I can’t find it…. Thank you.

  • June - June 02, 2018

    This was interesting to see you do the design on the two different machines. Wondering though why you did not mark the design for the second one? Is it too difficult to mark or/and too difficult to follow lines? Thank you.

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