Open Line Friday–Favorite Craftsy Videos–and a FLASH SALE!

 

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line FridayEveryone Asks, Everyone Answers!  With more than 7500 readers of The Inbox Jaunt, we have a wealth of information, experience and skill out there–so let’s share!

BACK TO SCHOOL

When school starts every fall, don’t YOU want to dive into some new class or project as well?  (Maybe it’s just an excuse to buy new supplies?)  Or maybe it’s hard-wired into our DNA that September is a time to learn…

START TODAY—If you haven’t signed up already… I am  offering Divide and Conquer-Creative Quilting for Any Space at 50% off…Today through Monday!  (This link will allow you to register for Divide and Conquer at 50% off until Monday)

CRAFTSY SALES…

THIS WEEKEND –Craftsy will be offering a sale on several quilting classes starting tomorrowCraftsy Quilt Sale Link:  August 29 – 30.  (This link will allow you to register for several quilting classes at 50% off Saturday and Sunday).

BIG LABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE

Most of the Craftsy classes will be discounted next week–so let’s be prepared!

Many of you have taken a lot of Craftsy classes.  One reader told me she’s taken more than 100 Craftsy classes!

Please share YOUR favorites!

Any category–quilting, knitting, cooking, photography–we’d love to hear!

Pin Cushion Free Motion QuiltingA couple of my favorites are:

Ann Petersen’s--Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results--Great tips on spray basting and stitching the large quilt!

Edyta Sitar’s Mix and Match:  Scrappy Quilts– A great class with lots of project ideas and piecing tips and tricks.  There’s something for everyone in this great class!

The Perfect Cupcake–The chocolate cupcake is THE BEST cupcake I’ve ever baked!

Vietnamese Classics:  Pho, Noodles and Beyond.  Andrea Nyugen is a delightful instructor and the recipes are easy and delicious.  My entire family loves her Shortcut Chicken Pho (and she even tells you how to pronounce it!)

Christina Cameli’s-Free Motion Quilting Essentials–Several new motifs and I love how she modifies her gloves!

and I just signed up for two FMQ classes-

Leah Day’s The Free Motion Effect

and Pat Delaney’s Quilting Linear Spaces

I can never get enough Free Motion Quilting!

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quilting

TODAY’S MOTIFS

Try the Pencil and The Tomato Pin Cushion on your next quilt.

Happy Quilting…and Sewing…and Cooking…and….

THE DEAL

You can order my video, Divide and Conquer TODAY and SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Several quilting videos will be on sale SATURDAY and SUNDAY-

Late next week, most Craftsy videos will be on sale!–Details and links to follow!

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!

Doodling a Wedding Ring Quilt

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Every Thursday is doodle day!  Get your pencils and paper ready, so when a busy weekend hits, you’ll still feel like you’re quilting!

I am currently working on a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt.

(I will be showing lots of images of this quilt as I demonstrate how to design and stitch “The Big Quilt”.)

PLAN WHILE YOU PIECE

As you are piecing, think about how you want to design the free motion quilting.  

This allows plenty of time for the ideas to percolate…

–and hopefully, by the time the last border is stitched in place, you’ll be excited about the quilting phase!

For the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I plan to do minimal stitching on the rings and a fun design in the center of the rings.

I copied this shape–it is the odd shaped center from a Double Wedding Ring–LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

and  then traced the shape onto several pages in my sketch pad…
LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Whenever I had free time, or a new idea, I doodled the possibilities.
LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI used the motif library:  Free Motion Quilt tutorial Page and tried a variety of different ideas…

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Some motifs work better than others…

I like Grid Pop in the center along with The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI also like this version of The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

I never settle on one motif until I try a wide variety of options.

Here’s The Bow:LKennedy. Double Wedding RingAnd the Fleur-de LisLKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Once I settle on a few motifs, there’s still more planning to do…like stitch order and thread, etc…but there’s still plenty of time!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  1. Pick a quilt top you’d like to finish and start planning the quilting.
  2. Trace the shape of one of the blocks–or a part of a block.    (Avoid thinking about THE WHOLE QUILT–let’s just bite off one small piece at a time—Think of it as “Divide and Conquer”–sound familiar???)
  3. Make several copies of the shape or trace them into your sketchbook.
  4. Search for a few motifs you think would work.
  5. Get doodling!  Try as many combinations as possible…
  6. It is best to do this over several sessions–it’s surprising how one idea will lead to another especially when you give your subconscious creative brain time to work.

Have fun with this.  If one block doesn’t inspire you right now, try a border or a sashing.  

ONE MORE THING…

Several months ago, I started this process with the question “Can you teach someone to doodle?”…

We are now 15 lessons into this experiment and I’d love to hear how this is going for everyone.    Have the Doodle Lessons helped?  Should we continue?  Which lessons have been the most useful?  Any other comments/questions?

LOVE TO HEAR!

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!

Step by Step: From Doodle to Quilt

PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.004Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Remember this doodle exercise from last Thursday?

Circle Doodles, LKennedyI couldn’t resist the question:  Can this doodle become a quilt?

I did not trace the page of doodles…the idea was enough.

Instead, I used these circle templates–purchase at an office supply store-to compose right on my fabric.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesI stitched all of the circles in dark purple thread. Aurifil 50 wt cotton

Aurifil 50 wt cotton was perfect!

And of course, I was stitching on my domestic sewing machine–the lovely BERNINA 770QE.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt Circles

LKennedy CirclesOnce the circles were complete, I changed to a heavier weight, white thread–Superior’s Magnifico.

Superior's Magnifico Thread

I stitched flowers into all of the circles.Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesNext, I used Pixelles–from Signature–in a variegated purple to fill in between the flowers!PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.007

 

LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.FMQThis was finished in a flash–because the ideas were all worked out in the DOODLING PHASE!!

To learn more about using Thread as YOUR palette-continue to follow The Inbox Jaunt…

And watch Craftsy:   Divide and Conquer-Creative Quilting for Any Space @ the bargain value of $10.00 off HERE

MORE ABOUT DIVIDE AND CONQUER ON CRAFTSY

Thank you to all of you who have written reviews on the Craftsy platform–we’ve received all FIVE STAR REVIEWS!

Also, Thank you to Paula at Sweet P Quilting and Creations for her blog post about the Craftsy Video!

Paula claims to be my #1 Fan–(but I’m taking auditions–LOL!)

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO QUILT A DOODLE

Today’s step by step of how to quilt a doodle is just ONE way this doodle could have been interpreted.

What about YOU?  Have you stitched any of your doodles?

We’d love to HEAR–and love to SEE!

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!

 

The Delicious Apple-A Free Motion (Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s always sad to see the school buses round the corner…

It’s Back to School here in Minnesota-a bit earlier this year.

Honestly…it’s mixed emotions for most of us--It means more quilting time!!!

Let’s kick off the school year with a Delicious Apple!

A NEW GRADING SYSTEM

Starting today, I’ll be giving each tutorial a Grade–Beginner, Easy or Intermediate

See all the FREE MOTION QUILT Tutorials HERE

I plan to grade ALL of the tutorials so that you will be able to search for your skill level.  (This will take some time.)

***Did you know there is a “Search” box on the right side of every page just above my portrait??***

Also, if YOU disagree with a grade…Please let me know!

Today’s tutorial:   The Delicious Apple =  EASY

THE DELICIOUS APPLE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  (The lines in this tutorial are 1-1/4 inch apart.)

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch a fat letter “c” –brush the top line and end below the top line.

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

 

Stitch straight up to create the stem.  Stitch across two-three stitches then back down to the drawn line.  Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Add a leaf with a small vein. Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Finish stitching the stem, then stitch the right side of the apple by mirroring the left side.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

When you reach the bottom line stitch a slight wave to create the bottom of the Apple.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Stitch on the bottom line back to the right to create the next apple in the chain.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Or add a little something extra!Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Now wasn’t that EASY?

Makes a great border on any quilt, or computer cover, or school bag, OR

Combine it with the EASY as PIE tutorialand you have a theme going!!!

With the kiddies off at school…

Let’s get some deep housecleaning done

Let’s do our paperwork

Let’s go to the gym

Who am I kidding!?

 Let’s QUILT!!!

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!

 

Back to School

AlphabetHello Quilters!

Are YOUR students back to school?

Here’s a little inspiration from the Windham Fabrics booth at Quilt Market 2015.

And if you have a little spare time today…they have a huge library of FREE QUILT PATTERNS…

Here’s one I really like….Pencil Box--It recommends DOODLING!!

See you tomorrow, when we’re ALL back in school with a fun Tuesday Tutorial!

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!

Open Line Friday-Best Posts for Beginners

Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

I recently received a note from a new follower of The Inbox Jaunt.  She said she was enjoying poking around but wondered which were the best posts for beginners...

It was one of those lightbulb moments for me…something that has been percolating in the back of my head…a project for fall–

I need to read my blog as if I was new to it and as if I was a beginner…
Green Quilt Squares, LKennedy

Needless to say, blogging is not linear.  I didn’t start at the beginning and discuss the ins and outs of free motion quilting…those posts are randomly spiced over the last three (yes, three years!)

Starting in September, I will be remodeling The Inbox Jaunt to make it more navigation-friendly and more Beginner-friendly

That is a lot of back story for today’s question:

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which posts have been most helpful to you as a quilter?

(Which ones did you Pin to Pinterest or share with friends or write down in a notebook?)

What would you like to see more of going forward?Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyYOUR QUESTIONS

And of course, we always have time for YOUR questions!

Thanking you in advance for YOUR help on my back-to-school organizational quest!

May your bobbin always be full!

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!

Let’s Doodle a Circle Composition

Circle Doodles, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today is Thursday, and as we get ready for the busy weekend, let’s add a notepad and a few pens to our bags so we can squeeze in a little doodling!

Even if you are very busy…

There’s always time to doodle!

Today we are going to create a composition with circles.

Start by drawing a large square or a rectangle on your paper.

Search out a few circle templates in your house…

Spools of thread, CDs or DVDs, lids to plastic containers, cups and saucers…

I also use a set of circle templates I found at an office supply store.

START TRACING

Trace the circles in a random order.  For the first composition, don’t overlap any of the circles.

Circle Doodles, LKennedyNext, overlap a few of the circles.Circle Doodles, LKennedyThen fill in the whole page with circles…

Circle Doodles, LKennedyOnce you have several pages of Circles… consider making copies of your favorites by tracing or at your local office supply.

Now the real fun begins…Use your markers and start filling in the circles and the spaces.

Don’t limit yourself to flowers…Circle Doodles, LKennedy

Who needs adult coloring books when you can doodle!

See all the Doodle Tutorials HERE

I wanna doodle-all-day!

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!

Choosing a Bobbin Thread for Free Motion Quilting

Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

It was a very rainy day in Minnesota yesterday which meant two things:  I had a lot of “indoor time” AND it was a low-energy day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not terrible creative on rainy, dark days…

However, I still had enough energy to stitch, so I finished this little quilt that I started months ago.  The Nora’s Rose motif was already completed in the center and the grid was started…I just needed to stitch all the “pop” filler lines–perfect work for a low energy day…repetitive lines, not a lot of concentration involved.Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQ

One of the most frequent questions I receive is…“Why do use different threads in the top and the bobbin?”

The conventional wisdom is to use the same thread top and bobbin for the best tension.  This rule works great for conventional sewing, but not so well when you are using decorative or heavy weight threads.

DECORATIVE THREADS -NOT ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE IN THE BOBBIN 

First of all, decorative threads are often heavier–which means they won’t travel very far in the bobbin.

Second, decorative threads can be (not always) more expensive–so it’s more cost-effective to use cotton in the bobbin.

Third, many decorative threads (like Rayon) are slippery which means they don’t knot as well.

MY BOBBIN CHOICE

Most of the time, my choice for a bobbin thread is Aurifil 50 wt cotton.  It is a great all-purpose thread for piecing and appliqué, and it is a great bobbin thread.

I like it because it is very strong and lint free–it’s an extra long staple cotton thread.  Because it is a medium to light weight thread it goes a long way in the bobbin.

I recommend you try different threads (brands and fibers) to see what works best for you and your sewing machine.

Cotton and polyester are the most commonly used fibers for the bobbin, though many people also like nylon or polyester invisible threads.  (I have not had much luck with invisible threads.)Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQADJUSTING TENSION

Whenever you free motion quilt, you will likely need to adjust your tension even if you have the same thread in the top and the bobbin.

Make friends with your sewing machine manual and all the tension dials on your machine!Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQNORA’S ROSE MINI QUILT

This little quilt contains several motifs you might recognize…I stitched all of these motifs on the Craftsy Video

They are also available as FREE step-by-step tutorials–Can YOU name any of them?

Nora’s Rose

Grid Pop

Bunting

The Wide Leaf–Craftsy video only

Straight Line Quilting

What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

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