The Football–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted FootballGood Morning, Quilters!  Are you ready for some football?

Do you have any boy quilts in your stash?  Many of you have requested more “boy patterns”.  Earlier this month we stitched The Race Car.  Last month, we stitched The Baseball and today, we will stitch The Football.  Combine any of these patterns with The Jigsaw Puzzle or any geometric design like Diamonds are Forever or The Greek Key for your next quilt…Sure to please…

Free Motion Quilted Football

PK in action. September 2014

THE FOOTBALL FREE  MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three lines equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 3/4 inch apart.

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Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a curved line up to the top line and back to the middle line.  Stop at the middle line and stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted FootballStitch ON the previous line of stitching several stitches to the right.

Stitch a curved line from the top to the bottom of the football.  Stitch over one stitch and echo quilt back to the top line of the football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch along the top of the football ON the previous line of stitching, then stitch another set of curved lines.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch to the right point of the football.

Next, stitch a curved line back to the starting point.

Free Motion Quilted Football

Stitch ON the middle line again, then stitch a zig-zag to create the laces.

Stitch to the right point of the football and begin the next football.

Free Motion Quilted Football

You might want to create a small trophy quilt–like The Home Run Quilt–as a gift for a coach or ask your player’s teammates to sign.

OR use The Football to tie a quilt –see TYING A QUILT The Free Motion Quilt Way….

Free Motion Quilted FootballCombine The Football, The Baseball and any of your own motifs to make a personalized quilt for the Sportsman in YOUR life!

Free Motion Quilted Football

I think this motif is a TOUCHDOWN, don’t YOU?

Signed,

Left-tackle, Lori

PS…This tutorial is stitched with Aurifil 50wt  cotton in the bobbin and Aurifil 28wt cotton on top–for a casual look.  The motif was stitched on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle, Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric.

PPS…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 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 Questions and Answers…

 

Free motion quilted Bumble Bees

Happy Friday, Everyone!  It’s Open Line Friday…everyone asks…everyone answers…so buzz right in…we want to hear from YOU!

First, I had a question about connecting several Bumblebees from Tuesday’s free motion quilting tutorial…. Instead of starting from the head, start between the wings.

Everything is the same, just the order is changed.

Stitching order:

  1. Left set of wings
  2. Head and antenna
  3. Right set of wings
  4. Body
  5. Triangle Tail
  6. Twisted flight path.

NOTE-The Twister Tweed thread from Robison-Anton is perfect for these little bees!

Free motion quilted Bumble Bees

 

OPEN LINE FRIDAY

To get the bees humming…I have a question for YOU-

I often get notes saying “I love this motif—I think I’m going to try free motion quilting one of these days…”

MY QUESTION:

What is stopping YOU from trying free motion quilting TODAY?

Is it fear?     Is the process overwhelming?     Are you unsure of your sewing machine?

Can you break it down for us…so we can get YOU to join all of us in the FUN?

Free motion quilted Bumble Bees

 

As you all know, my favorite part of quilting is Free Motion Quilting…I really want ALL OF YOU to enjoy it, too.  That is my goal….

How can I get YOU there???

From my hive to yours,

The Queen Bee,

LCK

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

 

 

Crawley Bugs-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free motion quilted antCRAWLEY-BUGS

We’ve been embellishing our flower gardens with flying fauna–The Bumble Bee and The Dragonfly--all created from the Humble Circle…

Today, we are going to add a few creepy-crawley bugs for our garden…The Ambitious Ant and the Curious Caterpillar.

THE AMBITIOUS ANT

Begin by stitching a large, counter-clockwise circle, followed by a smaller clockwise circle.

Free motion quilted ant

Stitch over the top of the second circle, and stitch another, smaller circle.

Free motion quilted ant

Add two small antenna…

Free motion quilted antStitch ON your previous line of stitching to get back to the lower half of the center circle…

Then add six “L” shaped legs.  (five legs are okay, too.)

NOTE-In the sample below, the ant is upright.  To make the ant walking straight, simple align the first two circles horizontally and add the head slightly above.

Free motion quilted antTHE CURIOUS CATERPILLAR

Easy–just a series of clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with a set of antenna!

Free motion quilted ant

Just add the garden fauna in between any floral motif for a little character and a little  free motion quilted “Eye Spy”.

Try The Happy Blossom or The Dizzy Daisy or The Spiral Flower

Now we’re really getting CREATIVE and PERSONALIZING OUR QUILTS!

Fun, Fabulous and Fearless Free Motion Quilting!

Lori Kennedy (nee Crawley–no kidding)

PS…All information, images and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. PLEASE SHARE, PIN, and RE-Blog–The more the merrier–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Dragonfly–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Good Morning, Quilters!  We’re back to work today with another circle tutorial in our progression.

While circles look easy, they are challenging to master.  In order to ensure success, we have been learning circles in a step-by-step progression.  Each motif builds on the previous technique to develop the hand-eye coordination and the motor planning necessary to advance to the next level.  (Race cars were just thrown in for fun–not really necessary for the progression.)

Today we have another fun motif for your free motion quilting net–The Dragonfly.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyBegin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is the size of a pencil eraser.

Stitch an antenna with a curl on the top.

Stitch back over the antenna to the small circle, then stitch over one or two stitches to begin the second antenna.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyStitch another antenna.  It’s fun if the second antenna is a little larger…

Stitch around the head of the dragonfly and stop at “the chin”…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyNext, stitch another circle, slightly larger than the first circle.

Stitch a loop-de-loop set of wings…

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Stitch ON the stitches of the lower part of the larger circle to get to the right side then stitch another set of loop-de-loop wings.

Stitch down to the base of the second circle.

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Then stitch a String of Pearls–with each circle getting progressively smaller.

Finish off with a twirling flight line.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyLovely!  Just the perfect touch for YOUR next quilt…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyWe have a few more bugs to net tomorrow…

Next week we’ll work on Pebbles–the most challenging of the circle motifs–Not to worry…it will be EASY for YOU because you have done your homework!

Did you know that some cultures associate the Dragonfly with evil spirits while other cultures love the Dragonfly as a symbol of change…

To me The Dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the beautiful days of autumn.

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…Don’t forget to DOODLE FIRST!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on Kona cotton on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.

PPPS…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!

The Bumble Bee – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Bumble Bee Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been a busy bee for the last few weeks.  I just got back from a lovely Ladies Week in Cape Cod and Martha’s VineyardIf I haven’t answered your questions–that is why.  I will answer all the questions over  the next few days.

Also, a few of you have contacted me that mysteriously, you are no longer receiving The Inbox Jaunt in your e-mail…please contact me if this is happening to you. (lckennedy@hotmail.com)  This is a recurrent problem that I have to take up with the wizards at Word Press…last time the fix was only temporary… Thank you for being so patient!  Please continue to join us!

I am much better behind my sewing machine than under the hood of a computer!  Aarrgghhh!

THREE TUTORIALS THIS WEEK–GARDEN FAUNA

This week we are going to do three short tutorials using the circles we have been practicing.  See Dots and Dashes and The String of Pearls tutorials.

Today’s tutorial is The Bumblebee

All of the tutorials this week will look great on any floral quilt and would be great to tuck into free motion quilted flowers.

THE BUMBLE BEE TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is a bit smaller than a dime.

Next, stitch a straight line and a very tiny circle for the antenna.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch ON or VERY CLOSE TO the straight line and back to the circle.  Stitch over two stitches and repeat to create a second antenna.

Stitch halfway around the circle and stop at the “chin” of the bee.  (We all know that bees have knees–but did you know they also have chins?)

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

From the “chin” — Stitch two tear-drop shaped wings—then two stitches under the bee’s chin.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch two more wings on the right side–leaving a small opening for the bee’s body…

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Stitch back and forth to create the body of the bee.  Make the center of his body a bit wider than the upper and lower body.

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

Add a triangle on the bottom,

then stitch back over the right side of the triangle to reach the bottom…

Add a twisted line…the bee’s line of flight….

The Bumble Bee Free Motion Quilting

That’s it!      Perfect!

Bumble bee, chases me, I PICK YOU!

Lori

PS…More garden fauna free motion quilting tomorrow and Thursday.

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

NOTE-Stitched with Aurifil 50wt in the bobbin, Sulky 40wt Rayon on top on my Bernina 150–domestic sewing machine without a stitch regulator.

Seeing Faces–Cape Cod Style

Lobster Trap Face

Like many of you,  I have Pareidolia- I see faces everywhere…

In July, I saw the face below on a wood-join while visiting a friend’s cabin in Wisconsin–

Last week, I travelled to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard …and saw the above face in a lobster trap.

I have lots more to share about my trip to Massachusetts…but for now, I’m knee-deep in laundry!

Face on a Woodjoiner

 

Follow me on Instagram (theinboxjaunt) for more photos of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod…and add your creative faces #theinboxjaunt…

BUSY QUILTING WEEK

We will have three short tutorials this week as we continue to work with circles.  Keep practicing Dots and Dashes as well as The String of Pearls so you are ready to move on!

See you soon!

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!