Open Line Friday…Pot Pourri

Free Motion Quilted FlowerHappy Friday, Everyone!

Today is Open Line Friday–Any Questions this week?

I will start by answering a few questions that came up in the “comments” this week.

ABOUT THE FLOWER QUILT

A bit more clarification about the little floral quilt from Wednesday’s :  Free Motion Quilting:  Playing with Scale

The large flowers were stitched across the entire piece first, then echo stitched to make them “pop” more.

The Happy Blossom filler from Tuesday’s Tutorial was added last.

Free Motion Quilted FlowersRAW EDGE APPLIQUE

When stitching with Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed, I used a Schmetz Topstitch 90 needle.  A Topstitch 80 would work as well.

A note about needles:  Increasingly, I find myself using the Schmetz Topstitch 90 for all of my free motion quilting.  For most of my projects it has been trouble free.  For more about needles:  How to Chose a Needle for Free Motion Quilting.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge AppliqueTHE CIRCUS

Last week, I wrote about a jaunt to The Ringling Circus in Sarasota, Florida…One of our readers, Mardi Carter,  shared the link to her quilt, “Bigtop”.

Her gorgeous circus quilt won the 2014 Hoffman Challenge for Mixed Best Machine Work!

Congratulations, Mardi!

AS THE SUMMER WINDS DOWN

I’m a little distressed about the end of summer.  It’s back to school on Monday…

I had a very busy summer, but still didn’t do/see half the things on my list…kayaking, fishing, Willow River State Parkhike Taylors Falls–see the potholes…

What about YOU?  What are your plans for the weekend?

What summer activities do you have left on YOUR list?

We’d love to hear!

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

 

 

 

 

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

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Whenever I get a chance to sneak up to my sewing room on a Saturday, I allow myself a little “play time”…A chance to experiment with new techniques or new materials…

Last week I found some hand dyed fabric that was fused in small sheets and I cut out flower and leaf shapes…NO PLAN…I just worked intuitively…

This week, I played with compositions using the flowers and leaves and then fused this bouquet.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

I used this Robison-Anton Twister Tweed  (Two ply thread-one white, one black-love the effect!) to raw edge appliqué this flower in place…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Can’t wait until Saturday, for more time to play…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Wishing YOU some free time–just for “PLAY”,

Lori

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

 

Free Motion Quilting–Playing with Scale

Free Motion Quilted FlowersWelcome back, Happy (Blossom) Quilters!

Thanks to all who shared the Happy Blossoms Free Motion Quilt tutorial!   We seem to be getting the word out to #banthestipple and #meandernomore…with fun and fresh patterns like the Happy Blossom

I WOKE UP WITH AN IDEA

… a little experiment in scale using only the Happy Blossom quilt motif….

Free Motion Quilted FlowersI worked on a little practice piece early in the morning…I think my subconscious was working on it during the night…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersNot perfect, but I think with a little tweaking (and a little coffee to wake me up more)  this could be lovely…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersA CHALLENGE-

Use The Happy Blossom or any of the FREE free motion quilt motifs and play with scale…

Try stitching the motif in three sizes and then work on ways to combine them.

Work quickly–it helps YOUR intuitive brain work better.

Then send us a photo–preferably to Flickr, Instagram–#theinboxjaunt, #banthestipple, #meandernomore,  or send a photo to me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

MORE QUILTING

Tomorrow–a little more about Improvisational Quilting  and Open Line Friday–bring YOUR questions…

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

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!  Today is Tuesday!–Free Motion Quilt Tutorial Day!  A Holiday in the middle of the week!

Today, we are working on a background filler–a stipple banishing–background filler.  (Those who have followed for some time know that my goal is to BAN THE STIPPLE–it’s not pretty, it’s not easy, it’s not necessary…

To this end, I have been offering FREE free motion quilt tutorials every week for more than two years!

Today, we have a pretty little posy for you…The Happy Blossom.  Don’t you think some flowers look HAPPY, while other flowers, like roses, seem rather serious?  (Perhaps it’s part of my “pareidolia“???)

THE HAPPY BLOSSOM TUTORIAL

This motif could be stitched in a row–in a border, or stitched as a background, all-over, or “fill” pattern.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialBecause this is a fill pattern, we will not begin with any lines or “rails” as we do in most of the tutorials.

Begin by stitching a curved tail and an open circle.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch a loopy petal.  Stitch over two small stitches and begin the next petal.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep adding petals around the center.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdding as many petals as necessary to surround the center– four, five or six…

The key to this flower is the small stitches between each petal.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialOnce the flower is complete, stitch across the stem, and sweep underneath the flower to begin the next flower…PERFECT!

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor more interest, add a leaf anywhere along the stem.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialOr add a leaf or two between the petals.

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialWhen stitching this motif as a background, there are several ways to travel to the next flower. (See above and below…)

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialIt takes practice to stitch background patterns.

Take your time, stop frequently and plan.  When you get trapped, simply knot off and start again–like any Happy Blossom would!

 

Signed,

Happy Blossoms-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

NOTE-Today’s tutorial is stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, with Aurifil 28 cotton on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 150-Quilter’s Edition–(My Bernina 820 is in for a cleaning…)  No stitch regulator…

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, Pin and tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

Start Today–Open Line Friday

Free Motion Quilting, Fonts

Hoooooray!  It’s Friday!  It was a busy week at The Inbox Jaunt!

I loved hearing all the circus stories–One of our followers, “Boo Grandma” wrote about her  four uncles who were trapeze artists–And Boo actually travelled with the circus once!

I’m sure there’s a circus free motion quilting motif in our future…

On Tuesday, it seems we were all ready for more Fun in the Sun with the Sunshine Free motion quilting variations

Wednesday was especially busy with two posts in one day–(oops!)—Thank you, Peggy for The Girl Sewing Paper Pieced pattern–it was very popular…

And a little improvisational appliqué

WHAT IS IMPROVISATIONAL APPLIQUE?

Several people asked me about improvisational appliqué process.  So let’s begin Open Line Friday…

Improvisational quilting is…basically…working without a pattern or a real plan…just “winging it”

Improvisational quilting is intuitive quilting--doing what “feels and looks right” at the moment.  For example, this week my only plan was to use the fused fabric I had on hand to cut out shapes.  I have no idea what the final project will look like…(I might hate it, I might love it…) that’s part of the fun!

Free Motion Quilting, FontsOPEN LINE FRIDAY—MY QUESTION TO YOU 

Is there some skill, quilting or non-quilting that you would like to learn?  

What if you could give that skill just 15 minutes per day?

I KNOW if you gave Free Motion Quilting or Doodling 15 minutes per day for one year–you would be THRILLED with your progress…

Free Motion Quilting, FontsWHAT WILL YOU START TODAY?

Lori

PS…Today’s sample was stitched on my Bernina 820 (without a stitch regulator) with Aurifil 28/2 cotton on top and Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 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 reblog, pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you, kindly!

Improv Applique–A Sneak Preview

Fusible Flowers Project

Good morning, Quilters!

I found a box of fused hand dyed fabrics on my shelves and spent a little TV time cutting up flower shapes.

I don’t know where this is going…A little improvisational appliqué…

I think I’ll use Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed to outline the shapes?

Fusible Flowers ProjectDeveloping…

Are YOU doing any improv quilting?

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

A Girl Sewing, A Paper Pieced Pattern

Girl Sewing, Paper Pieced Pattern Last Saturday, in our Seamstresses in Fine Art series, we featured this beautiful portrait, A Girl Sewing by Danish artist,  Vilhelm Hammershoi.

Today, our friend Peggy is offering a 55 piece pattern of this lovely girl for YOU to make.

The finished size of the pattern is 20 x 21 inches.

Hammershoi, Girl Sewing

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Girl Sewing Color Chart (2 pages) Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 8.18.37 AM   Girl Sewing Piecing Blocks  

Girl Sewing-Reversed Full Size Block Sections for Freezer Paper Piecing

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MAKE IT YOUR OWN

While I absolutely love the mood created by the muted colors for which Hammershoi was known, I could also imagine this in brighter colors

OR leave the girl in subdued colors and add YOUR current quilt material to the fabric she’s stitching.

Perhaps this could be YOUR portrait or a portrait of a sewing sister…

I can’t wait to see what YOU make…

What ideas do YOU have…I’d love to hear.

THANKS, PEGGY!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information found here today are the property of Peggy Aare and The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!