Halloween Treats-Open Line Friday

Blown Glass PumpkinsHappy Halloween!  It’s been a colorful month here in Minnesota (and at The Inbox Jaunt).  I will be sorry to turn the calendar page to November, though pumpkins, gourds and berries are still topical until Thanksgiving…

With the weekend upon us, perhaps you’ll have some time to TREAT yourself…

What will you choose as your treat?

Time to quilt?  Time to doodle?

I plan to take a little time to make this recipe…It made me laugh out loud when I saw it…

Blown Glass PumpkinsDoes anyone have any Fall books or movies they recommend?

I am currently re-reading The Last of the Mohicans…The Leatherstocking series is one of my all-time favorites to read in late fall.

Blown Glass Pumpkins(NOTE-The hand-blown glass pumpkin photos were taken on a recent trip to Cape Cod–Martha Vineyard Glassworks-a lovely place to visit…I had a pumpkin shipped home to me and I LOVE it.  You might enjoy the short video of how they make a glass apple.–it’s beautiful!  ..Their  hand-blown snowmen are adorable…PS— I am not affiliated with the store in any way.)

OPEN LINE FRIDAY

How will you TREAT yourself this Halloween?  AND do you have a book or movie to recommend?

Hope your Halloween is a real treat…

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Graveyard Quilting

Free Motion Quilting, Graveyard, Tombstones, Quilts, Doodle Yesterday we talked about being ready when inspiration strikes

This little doodle found its way to my sketchbook last week…

and with just 30 minutes to stitch…

I will change things a bit when I make this into a small “vase quilt”…The good news…I got the ideas onto fabric and I now I have and idea of what works and what doesn’t.  A good start…

It will have to wait until next Halloween…I’m already doodling Thanksgiving, Christmas….

Free Motion Quilting, Graveyard, Tombstones, Quilts, Doodle

 

Do YOU have twenty minutes to stitch today?

What are YOU going to stitch?

(You might try The Spider Web free motion quilt tutorial-it was a big favorite last year!   See the Spider Web quilt, too!)

Happy stitches,

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 with attribution to Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Build A Rock Solid Routine-Be Ready

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinWhen inspiration strikes are YOU ready?

You may have only 20 minutes….

If everything is ready, 20 minutes is enough...but ONLY if you are organized…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinDo you have a quilt sandwich ready?

Today’s assignment in Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting is to make 10 quilt sandwiches.

A nice quilt sandwich size is 18 x 20–a fat quarter.

12 x 12 is the smallest I would recommend.

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinYOUR ASSIGNMENT

Choose a size that works for you.  This is YOUR SIZE.  Write it down somewhere!  If you have a lot of fat quarters-go with 18 x 20″.

1.   Cut 10 -12 batting pieces.

Either use what you have or buy a twin size batting and cut it up into pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

2.  Cut 10-12 pieces of quilt top fabric in YOUR SIZE.

Make sure some of the fabrics are solids.  Choose seasonal colors.  Skip the muslin and  ugly colors -you won’t feel inspired by these fabrics and when your stitching looks fabulous you will be disappointed by the fabric.(NOTE:  If you have any “orphan blocks” they make great little projects for free motion quilt practice.  Use them “as is” or add a border.)

Fold the top fabrics neatly.

3.  Cut 10-12 backing pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

Again, this is no time to use up your “dogs”.  It is okay to use fabrics you don’t love anymore, but don’t use fabric you HATE...there is a difference.

Avoid white on white fabrics -they don’t slide well as backings.  Also, avoid very tightly woven fabrics like hand dyed and batiks.

Fold the backing fabrics neatly.

MIX AND MATCH WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES

You should have three neatly folded piles:

  • Batting
  • Tops
  • Backing

All mix and match (the sizes are all the same)…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinNOW you are READY TO GO!

Pick one from each pile and iron all three layers… (I don’t recommend ironing all the fabrics at once–they stitch best when ironed just before stitching…)

You only have 20 minutes to quilt you say?

I can’t wait to see what YOU do in 20 minutes!

(For  ideas and inspiration…check out the entire library of free motion quilt tutorials…)

Happy Stitches,

Lori

You might also like other posts in this series:

Build a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine Supply List for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine:  Machine Set up for FMQ

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Free Motion Quilted pumpkin

 

 

Trick or Treat! The Sweet Candy Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting CandyDid you buy your candy for Halloween Trick or Treat yet?  Only days left…

Perhaps you might snatch a few pieces for inspiration for today’s tutorial:  Sweet Candy!

THE SWEET CANDY FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines or “rails”…just to keep things tidy.   In the practice piece below, the lines are two inches apart.

Begin stitching inside the drawn lines.  Stitch a rounded rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch around the corner and sew a squiggly line.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch out from the squiggly line to create a triangle.  A wavy triangle is best.

Free Motion Quilting CandyStitch into the triangle.  Then stitch two long loops.  Stitch out of the triangle under the squiggly lines and into the rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting Candy

Stitch along the length of the rectangle, curve back and forth and stop on the outer right edge of the rectangle.

Free Motion Quilting Candy

Repeat the squiggly line, the wavy triangle and the loops inside the triangle.

Then stitch out and under the piece of candy.

SWEET!  The first piece of candy is ready to EAT!  

Free Motion Quilting CandyFor the next piece…stitch a spiral…

Free Motion Quilting CandyOr…YOUR favorite candy!

Free Motion Quilting CandyBe creative, fill the basic candy shape with any decorative stitches.

OR …change the shape of the candy...

Also, use this pattern as an All-over motif by adjusting the lines connecting the candy.

Free Motion Quilting CandyRemember, it’s YOUR candy—YOU get to choose!

(Tootsie Rolls— for ME!)

May YOUR stitches be sweet,

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin -Topstitch 90 needle -on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.  (The Bernina 150 is a standard, domestic sewing machine.)

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Winners-American Quilter Magazine!

Pumpkin QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  Happy Monday!

Thank you to all who entered our American Quilter Magazine Giveaway!

It was very interesting to read about the wide variety of sewing machines used for free motion quilting.   We will talk more about feed-dogs UP and feed dogs DOWN in a coming edition of The Inbox Jaunt.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:  THE WINNERS:

  • Liz Horgan
  • Katrina (kwfiberarts)
  • Annie of Blue Gables
  • Cindy Schultz

Congratulations, Winners!  Please send your mailing address to  (lckennedy@hotmail.com) and I will send your SIGNED copy today!

Pumpkin QuiltingOTHER WAYS TO WIN…

Remember, YOU ALL can be winners of the American Quilter Magazine--The November issue is on news stands now. It is chock-full of fun quilting and inspiration, including Christmas and Winter FMQ motifs and projects by YOU KNOW WHO…

Better yet, get a subscription to American Quilter right HERE!

TODAY’S QUILT

The above small quilt was a commissioned piece I stitched early this fall for The Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm in California. (In my haste to send it on time, I failed to take a photo of the final quilt!)

If you live in the area–it looks like a gorgeous place to get your “Pumpkins with Personality.”

Happy Stitching,

Lori

 

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Giveaway-American Quilter Magazine!

American Quilter MagazineAre you looking for Christmas or Hanukkah gift ideas??

Winter projects?

A brand new free motion (long arm) motif to try?

AmericanQuilter.Giveaway.LKennedy003Are you interested in Improv piecing?

Just looking for inspiration?

You’re in luck–because the November issue of American Quilter (featuring a free motion quilt column by Yours Truly) is on newsstands now!

American Quilter MagazineEven better–YOU can WIN a copy today–four lucky winners will receive a signed copy of American Quilter.  

TO WIN:

Answer this question:  What sewing machine do YOU use for YOUR free motion, long arm, or mid arm quilting?  Make and model….Also, does your machine allow you to drop the feed dogs?  (I’m wondering if I need to do a tutorial on FMQ when you can’t drop your feed dogs…)

Please leave your answer in the comment section.  Four winners (US and Canada only) will be announced on Monday…

Good luck!

Lori

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

A Modern Wholecloth Quilt for Autumn

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak Leaf

It’s another glorious autumn morning here in Minnesota-the best days of the year!  I love all of the motifs of autumn-leaves, trees, pumpkins, corn…

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI stitched this Modern Wholecloth Quilt with several Tuesday Tutorials:

Grid Pop

The Perfect Pumpkin

The Oak Leaf and The Acorn

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafThis Harvest quilt is small–just 15 inches square, but I know it will be used frequently throughout my house.

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI used Aurifil cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt Rayon in off-white on top–on a Bernina 150, domestic sewing machine, without a stitch regulator.

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafThe acorns are in there, but because I stitched contour lines within the body of the acorns (see options in the Oak Leaf and Acorn tutorial), there is not enough contrast to see them clearly.  (I would leave them open next time so they “pop” like the Oak Leaves and The Grid.)

NOTE-Look closely to the left of the image above–an upside down acorn is visible.  On the right-the acorn with the contour is stitched, but not visible–not enough contrast….

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafI’m almost ready for Halloween! Hopefully there’ll be some candy corn left by October 31!?

Happy Harvest Stitching,

Lori

PS.  All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Grid Pop-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Grid Pop, Pumpkin Free Motion Quilting

 

Good Morning, Quilters!  Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday.  Today we have two tutorials in one…

THE BASKET WEAVE AND GRID POP

To make a Grid Pop, start with the classic and beautiful Basket Weave.

The Basket Weave has been a perennial favorite among hand quilters and machine quilters alike.

It looks great behind any appliqué and fills in any background.

Grid Pop is more popular among machine quilters– you’ll see why once we get started.

THE BASKET WEAVE AND GRID POP TUTORIALS

Begin by drawing a grid.

For practice, a six-inch square is perfect.  (If your ruler is a bit bigger, go for that–make your life easy!)

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingBegin by drawing a square.  Then use a ruler to draw a diagonal line across the square.

(I love this 3-D Ruler purchased from an office supply store or drafting store.  It’s easy to grip.)

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingDraw one inch lines parallel to the first line across the square.  I like the Fons and Porter or SewLine mechanical pens and the Clover chalk wheel.  Frixion pens by Pilot are nice too.  (See Marking Pens)

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingRepeat the process in the opposite direction.

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingA diagonal one inch grid ready to stitch:

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingStart stitching on the center diagonal line.  Stitch right next to the line and  echo stitch back to the corner.

Next, stitch on the outer square to the next diagonal line and repeat the double row of lines.

Continue this way until the corner.

(NOTE-Because these lines are short, I decided to free motion quilt them.  You could use a straight stitch foot and sew the lines with feed dogs in the normal, UP position.)  I recommend you try one free motion quilting style and then make your decision based on the project…

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingContinue  across the top.   At the corner, switch directions and  stitch the perpendicular lines.

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingThe view from above:

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingContinue working around the square – filling in the double lines.

A Perfect Basket Weave!  

It’s gorgeous!  Stop here and your quilt will look great….OR….

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingGo for the GRID POP!

At the corner, stitch back and forth parallel to the top line to fill the 1/2 triangle on the side.

Continue down to the next triangle and repeat.

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingAt the bottom of the first row, stitch across one set of squares and begin filling in the first full row of squares.

Cut across the top and repeat until every other square is filled.

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingThis motif is one of my favorites–(Do I say that every week?)

The open squares just POP!  creating a stunning texture!

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingCLOSE UP:

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingThe Basket Weave (Upper Left)  and Grid Pop (Lower Right):

Grid Pop, Free Motion quiltingTomorrow:  The Rest of the Pumpkin, Oak Leaf, Acorn, and Grid Pop quilt…

Thursday:  Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting:  Episode Four

I’m off to my sewing machine-and hoping that you are, too!

Pop-py sewing to YOU,

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 share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!