Craftsy Giveaway!

Craftsy, Lori KennedyHappy Friday, Quilters!

I am very happy indeed!  Happy, because THE CRAFTSY Adventure is now in its final lap–the amazing people at Craftsy are putting on the final flourishes and the video will be ready on August 10th!

Can I hear a big WOO HOO?

A little louder, please!!!

I’m very excited (and a little nervous) to see all Seven Lessons trimmed up and pretty (as quilters we might say– with the binding and label on…)Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

I really think you’re going to like Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space…It’s filled with tips, techniques, motifs, quilts, strategies, doodling…all in a video format–at long last…YOU’VE been so patient– waiting to see more than still life quilting!  AND once you purchase it, you keep it forever, adding bookmarks to your personal copy.

The one thing I’m MOST EXCITED about…there will be an easy way for YOU to post photos of YOUR quilts–something I have not been able to work out here on the blog.  So in many ways, I think this will be an extension of our little home here…

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU CREATE!
Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

 

Divide and Conquer Quilting

THE GIVEAWAY

To celebrate, we will be offering a GIVEAWAY!

One LUCKY winner will get the video for FREE.  Just click on the link below to enter.    The winner will be drawn August 9th and notified early on August 10th (launch date).

Enter the  Craftsy Giveaway HERE

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

Just 10 Days until we launch!

Good Luck, Quilters and Happy Stitching,

Lori

 

Doodling: Curls to Spirals

Doodle:  Curls to Spirals

 

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Quilt-Doodlers!

I have a BIG CRAFTSY announcement tomorrow…but first….

Today in our series “Better Quilting through Doodling”  we are doodling theUpward Curl that ranges anywhere from a slight curl to a tight spiral.

This little flourish finds it way into most of my doodles and most of my quilts.  Once you add this to your repertoire, I’m sure you will see it pop up even when you aren’t thinking about it.

Use lined paper to get started.

Start with the basic shape:  From the center, curve out then up adding just the slightest hint of a curl.   Echo back to the center and create the right side.

Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsDraw that shape many times (Many HUNDREDS of times if you like–I do!).  While you are doodling, notice how difficult it is to create the same shape on the right and left–in other words, how hard it is to be perfectly symmetrical.

Don’t worry about asymmetry–that gives hand drawing and quilting it’s unique look!
Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsOnce you are comfortable with the basic shape, try adding a little more curl to each shape.

Then try creating a fern by stacking the basic shape.Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsLater, combine the upward curl with spirals to create an even more interesting pattern.Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsWouldn’t this be a pretty piece of stationery?Doodle:  Curls to SpiralsAs you doodle, try to create larger and larger versions.  You will notice the movement becomes more fluent–that’s when you’re ready to try stitching it.

This may take thousands of repetitions…but that really doesn’t take long!

Commit to doodling every day-while you’re on your phone, or waiting at a carpool or when someone else is driving, while watching TV, waiting for water to boil…..a few minutes here and a few minutes there and you’ll have 1000 reps in no time!  (Notice I didn’t ask you for 1000 reps of burpees or pushups?)

Tomorrow:  The BIG CRAFTSY Giveaway Begins!  Woo HOO!

See you for more details!

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

 

Sailing Away with New Threads

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I hope your summer is going swimmingly!  The weather has been perfect here…well, perfect for any outdoor activity, not for quilting–(hence my inconsistently blogging–I’ll make up for it during the Minnesota Winter when I will be able to blog twice a day!)

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingI recently acquired several new threads, so I thought I’d make a Summer Sampler with Sailboats (say that three times fast!)

This project is similar to our Quilt-a-Long Project…see all the instructions HERE.

Instead of stitching the Spools, I stitched Sailboats, Tutorial HERE

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingI worked outside of my comfort zone–using variegated threads from Sulky

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingAnd metallics…This cone from Superior is called Halo and it is marked for use in the bobbin only, but I used a size 90 Topstitch needle and it stitched really well.

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingThis metallic cone is from EnMart, a new-to-me thread line.  It stitched up beautifully as well.

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion Quilting

 

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion Quilting
Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingThere are so many wonderful threads on the market these days…

Thread, Sailboats, Free Motion QuiltingWhat about YOU– have you tried any new threads?

Have YOU made any samplers?

We’d love to hear.

Happy Sewing, Happy Sailing,

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

 

 

The Sweet Cherry-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU prefer sweet or sour cherries?  My family is split…but one of our favorite places to visit is Door County, Wisconsin known for it’s sour cherries and delicious cherry pies, salsas, salad dressings, etc.  Since visiting The Door over the Fourth of July, I’ve had bushels of cherries in my Doodle Book.  Today’s tutorial is dedicated to cherry lovers everywhere.  (Next week will be dedicated to pie lovers…)Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QETHE SWEET CHERRY FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

You may like to begin with a rectangle to keep the spacing even.  Use whatever size fits your quilt.  In the tutorial below, the rectangles are 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall.

Stitch a horizontal leaf near the top of the rectangle.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch another leaf to the right of the first leaf.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch a diagonal line to create the first stem and add a small upward curve at the end of the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the previous line of stitching, along the curve.  Add a right sided curve.  Stop here.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Stitch a counter clockwise circle – stitching right over the stem and around.  Stitch over the previous line of stitching and back to the stem.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEStitch over the stem–creating a double-stitch on the stem and back to the pair of leaves.

Stitch down to create the next stem and the next cherry.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QE

Two cherries look great together, or you may add a third cherry.

When you’ve completed three cherries, stitch back to the top and stitch a small triangle to create a stem above the leaves.
Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEYou may want to tie off after every cluster or simply add a loop-de-loop to begin the next cluster.Cherries, Free Motion Quilting, BERNINA 770QEThis is a very cheery cherry--(Shoot! that’s what I should have called this tutorial!)–

Don’t limit yourself to using this only on quilts.  Wouldn’t this be perfect on the hem or pocket of an apron or on a tablecloth?  Be creative!

I’m off to bake  to stitch a pie for next week’s tutorial!  Way less calories!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE- A fabulous sewing machine with a gorgeous stitch, using Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.  Aurifil has a lovely light sheen that I love on my backings and it always sews like a dream!  I stitched with a size 80 Topstitch needle without a stitch regulator.

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

A New Favorite Quilt Notion

Baltimore AppliqueGood Morning, Quilters!

Now that I have finished my Craftsy Adventure, I have had a bit of time to work on an old project and my second favorite part of quilting-hand appliqué.

Several years ago, I started this appliqué project called Friends of Baltimore by Sue Garman.  As I was working on the borders, I had some difficulty laying out the pieces- and that was enough to put it aside for more than a year.

Baltimore Applique

I am determined to finish this challenging project and reinvigorated by a new supply I found.  This ring of threads by Superior Threads.  Brilliant idea-now I don’t have to carry around a huge bag of appliqué threads!

Baltimore AppliqueIt seems like a silly reason to give up on a project (a little frustration)…Baltimore AppliqueAnd a silly reason to return to a project…Baltimore AppliqueBut WE ALL know,  Quilters LOVE new toys!

You might also like The Eagle  and  The Ship, Friends of Baltimore

Happy Stitching,

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

Poppies-The Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Collectors!

I really enjoyed reading about all of YOUR collections on Open Line Friday last week.

I did have a favorite though–Eliz, the quilter whose HUSBAND collects sewing machines and has more than 55 machines  stashed everywhere!  I wonder if my husband has a Featherweight or two stashed somewhere???

POPPIES-The Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

I have decided to challenge myself to work a little larger with my free motion quilting.  The Poppy tutorial is part of that challenge.

This motif looks very nice on a small scale, but it also looks great when stitched much larger.  I think I could make a very large whole cloth quilt in no time at all just filled with a field of poppies.  Wouldn’t it be a great quick project?  I’m going to wait for a rainy, day where I have nothing else to do….???  Okay, maybe just a rainy day…

I just LOVE the color RED…Hmmm….Maybe I’ll just cancel life tomorrow and stitch this right up…Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingBegin by stitch a short stem with a curl.Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingStitch several pointed rays around the spiral-it doesn’t matter how many.Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingStitch clockwise around the star back to the stem.  This row is just a shaggy line around the star.
Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingStitch counter clockwise, another shaggy circle.Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingFor the next row, add rectangular shaped petals.  Between each petal create a small “v” shape.Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingContinue stitching rows of petals and then spiral off to begin another Poppy.  Poppies, Free Motion Quilting

Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a few small Poppies in between the large Poppies and add a leaf or a swirls to fill in the space.Poppies, Free Motion QuiltingOnce you get going, you won’t want to stop…

This could be an excuse to pull out the crockpot!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770 QE with it’s fabulous tension adjustment and gorgeous looking stitch using Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top using a size 90 Topstitch needle.

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