Good Morning, Quilters!

Sunshine Free Motion Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

For only the third time in two years, I am not prepared for today’s Tuesday Tutorial…

The weather in Minnesota has been too beautiful to be inside.

Please accept my apologies…

The motif above is a sneak preview of next week’s Tuesday Tutorial.

Your regularly schedule program will resume tomorrow.

Hope the sun is shining wherever YOU are today,

Lori

 

Open Line Friday–The $75 Quilt Room Challenge

 

Quilt TablesWelcome back to Open Line Friday…Last week we discussed books that have inspired us.  Thank you to all who recommended books.   I ordered several books and can’t wait to read YOUR favorites!

As you know, on Open Line Friday, ANYONE can ask ANY QUESTION, and WE ALL ANSWER!.  There are so many quilters at The Inbox Jaunt and so many ideas to share

I will start the ball rolling with a question from my sewing room…

Several weeks ago, I stitched this little quilt to decorate my sewing room which inspired me to do a bit more to spruce up the old sewing studio…So for today’s Open Line Friday Question:

If you had $75 to spend on your sewing room–not on sewing supplies or fabric–something to improve the efficiency or beauty of your sewing room…what would it be?

Quilt TablesLast week, with a little assistance from my husband, I created a large ironing board by covering plywood with two layers of wool batting and Duck cloth.  (Home Depot cut the plywood to size for me.)

I have two banquet tables in my sewing room and there was enough plywood from one sheet to cover them both.   I will use one as an ironing table, and the other  to hold my Bernina 150.  (The Bernina 820 is in a Horn cabinet.)

Quilt Tables

For less that $75, I covered the two tables…Yeah!

Quilt TablesHere’s an idea and photo from Ness–a follower of The Inbox Jaunt-spray paint small frames in bright colors and frame vintage patterns.  Darling!

Framed Sewing PatternsAnother reader told me she has a framed photo of the woman who taught her to quilt hanging in her sewing room–love that idea, too!

What would YOU do with $75?  We’d LOVE to hear!

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

Thread Samples for Free Motion Quilting

Nora's Rose Free Motion Quilting thread samplesThe weather has been beautiful in Minnesota for the past two weeks and I have been out and about exploring our wonderful park system…

Good for me, but bad for the quilt-blogging business…

Today, just a gentle reminder to make thread samples before every project!

Read more about recommended quilting Threads.

(NOTE This sample is Nora’s Rose-See the tutorial for Nora’s Rose free motion quilt pattern.)

Also, Please note:  The free motion quilt tutorial page has been updated and all the motifs are available!

Enjoying the weather while I can,

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.

The Feathered Leaf: A Mini Quilt in Free Motion Quilting

The Feathered Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingYesterday, we worked on The Feathered Leaf, a free motion quilt pattern…

Once I got started, I just couldn’t stop…the house was quiet, the laundry complete…I was on a roll!

The Feathered Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

I drew a grid with simple flowers in the center…(I will create a tutorial for this fun flower later this summer…)

Then I stitched The Feathered Leaf in the border.

The corner treatment with this leaf was very simple–see below:

The Feathered Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingHow are YOU going to use The Feathered Leaf?  I’d love to hear!

Now I’m off to the garden to pick some daisies!

Lori

NOTE:  This 20 inch square quilt was stitched on Robert Kaufman, Kona cotton using Warm and Natural Cotton batting, Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon on top on my domestic sewing machine–a Bernina 820.

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

Free Motion Quilt Tutorial: The Feathered Leaf

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialGood morning, Quilters!

I hope you had time to create a little rose garden using Nora’s Rose free motion quilt tutorial last week…

Today, I have a gorgeous free motion quilt leaf pattern for you:  The Feathered Leaf.  

This pattern is a Beginner free motion quilt pattern…It can be used on a border or as a background motif...

THE FEATHERED LEAF FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines or “rails”.  Rails are drawn lines that provide guidelines for our free motion stitching.  In the sample below, the lines are two inches apart.

In the middle of the lines, add “tick” marks every four inches.  This will be the length of the leaf.

(NOTE:  In the sample below, I stitched horizontally from left to right, but you could stitch from right to left or vertically--whichever works best for you and the quilt on which you are working.)

Begin stitching on the first tick mark.  Stitch a curvy line and end at the second tick mark and STOP.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch close to the wavy line a short distance to create a point, then stitch scallops back to the beginning of the wavy line.  Stitch the last scallop to a point at the beginning of the wavy line.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNow stitch the scallops on top of the wavy line…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialAgain, stitch a point at the right end of the wavy line…That completes the first Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch the next wavy line to begin another Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOnce the entire row of Feathered Leaves is complete, echo stitch and add a little spiral occasionally.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialStagger the Feathered Leaves in a row to fill a large space.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOr stitch angled Feathered leaves

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialIn a border…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialThis is an elegant free motion quilt pattern that would look great on ANY quilt!

TOMORROW:  A small quilt featuring The Feathered Leaf in the border…

See you then,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procrastination and The Creative Process

 

Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingAfter reading,  “Franz Kafka was a Great Procrastinator” by Mason Currey- a discussion of creative rituals, I started thinking about my own work process…

In the article, Mr. Currey asserts that creatives procrastinate on their projects in order to “ratchet up the pressure, which is bad for the nerves, but good for the work.”

When it comes to creativity,  I’m an inveterate procrastinator…

Creativity takes conscious and subconscious thinking time…

Procrastination often pays off…

Most of my quilts languish at several stages along the way…time to consider the possibilities…

I call it “incubating”…it is a necessary part of MY creative ritual.

Consider your creative rituals… Do YOU procrastinate?

Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingI’m off…but first, a few hours minutes on Pinterest…

Hmmm…Maybe M. Currey has a point!

Signed,

Lori the Lollygagger

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