A Busy Week in a Busy Year

As for many of you, this is a busy family week…

I am so grateful for our ever-growing family.

First it was just girls…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printThen we added a brother…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printIn May, we added a second son-in-law…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printSo now there are TEN..

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TEN Kennedys to add to the already sizable brood…

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Wishing YOU and YOUR family health and happiness this Thanksgiving!

Lori

PS…You might also like Peggy’s paper piecing pattern of The Bride at the Window HERE

 

 

 

The Cool Cat – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingAre YOU a Cool Cat or a Cool Cat-Lover?

If you love cats, today’s Tuesday Tutorial is for YOU.

Whether you choose to stitch a single cat in the center of each quilt block or stitch a clutter of cats along the border, this motif is sure to please all Cat Fans!

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing a circle head and an oval body.

In the sample below, the head is approximately one inch and the body is twice as big-two inches.

The quick sketch will help keep the cat proportional, but don’t fret about this too much–there are Fat Cats and Skinny Cats–everywhere.  It’s more fun to have cats with personality than cats that are perfect.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStart stitching at the top of the circle.  Stitch around the circle twice and stop at the top.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStitch two double triangles to create ears.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingNext stitch several stitches around the left side of the circle.

Stitch IN to the center of the circle.

Then stitch ON TOP OF those stitches and OUT of the circle.

Stitch over those stitches to end in the center. (IN-OUT-IN)

End in the center of the circle.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion Quilting

From the center point, stitch out and in five more times to create all the whiskers.

End in the middle of the cat’s face.

Finally, stitch out along one of the whiskers and around the head to begin stitching the cat’s body.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the cat’s body twice and  spiral into the center.

OR be creative here and stitch a flower or other design.

Stitch to the bottom of the oval and stitch two paws.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch to the right or the left to create the tail-a curved line and echo back to the bottom of the cat.

Now that’s one Cool Cat!

Stitch five more Cool Cats and you’ll have a clowder.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingWouldn’t this motif look great along the bottom of a skirt or on a small pillow?

Make the cat much bigger by maintaining the proportions and adding more detail to the cat’s body–add a mouse or a ball of twine and you’ll have a small whole cloth quilt.

Or use The Cool Cat to tie YOUR next quilt.  (See Tying Quilts with Free Motion Quilting)

THANKS, BEA

Special thanks to our friend, Bea who provided the idea and inspiration to create The Cool Cat…she was persistent but patient!

Hope you have a ball with this new design!

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

 

Hedgehog Pin Cushion

Hedgehog Pin Cushion

A GREAT LITTLE GIFT

I love pincushions and this pin cushion makes me smile every time I use it.

It was a gift from my sister.

It’s nice to have sisters-especially sisters who know how to knit.  (I’ve never indulged.)

She found the pattern on Ravelry.

Hedgehog Pin CushionPerhaps YOU have a sister (or a sewing sister) who needs a little something…

If you don’t knit, you might like this pin cushion tutorial from early days of The Inbox Jaunt.

MORE PIN CUSHIONS?

What about YOU?  If you know of any great pin cushion tutorials, please leave a link in the “Comment” section.

 We’d love to hear!

Happy Pinning,

Lori

You might also like:

Pin Cushions

Halloween Pin Cushion

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of 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!

And the Winner Is…

Free Motion QuiltThank you to all of you who entered Wednesday’s giveaway of Molly Hanson’s new book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t…

QUILTING TIME/WEEK

I was impressed to hear how many of you quilt 20 or more hours per week!

(I was also impressed to hear how many insomniac-quilters we have in this group!)

I include myself in the group that quilts about 10-15 hours/week.

MY BEGINNER VASE QUILT

In honor of Molly’s book, today’s quilt sample is one of my beginner vase quilts.  I was experimenting with several free motion quilting techniques:  following a stencil, echo quilting, different threads-and  binding—OH that binding-those corners make me cringe! As you can see–this quilt is FAR FROM PERFECT!  Yet I love it and use it all the time..

OVERLOOKING IMPERFECTIONS

What about YOU?

Can YOU overlook some of the warts and wobbles in YOUR free motion quilting and enjoy your practice pieces!?

We’d love to hear how YOU use YOUR practice pieces!  (And how YOU overcome perfectionism…)

Lori

CONGRATULATIONS, HELEN!

PS…And the winner is….Helen Lawrence–Congratulations, Helen! (Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.)

If you did not win FMQ for Beginners…it is available at Amazon  and at YOUR local quilt shop.

PS…All information, tutorials 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, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

 

 

A Family Tree Quilt

Family Tree QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers,

Today I offer a sneak-peek of a Christmas present I am making for my niece and her husband.

I was inspired by the Woodgrain motif in Molly Hanson’s new book:

 Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t (There’s still time to enter yesterday’s Giveaway!)

Tuesday’s Tutorial was Woodgrain.

Woodgrain can be used to add texture to any quilt and is very “au courant”.

With Winter upon us, I was inspired by the leaf-less trees in our yard.

Family Tree QuiltingToday’s small quilt includes my niece and husband’s wedding date along with the birthdates of their boys.

(As you can imagine-it’s a very busy house!)

Family Tree QuiltingI think I will frame this quilt…

Or maybe a simple binding and give her a wooden bowl for apples on her table…

What do YOU think?

Signed,

Lori Appleseed

NOTE-This quilt was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton with Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top  and 50wt Aurifil in the bobbin.  50 wt Aurifil was also used on top to stitch the background leaves, etc.  This was stitched on a domestic sewing machine, a Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.

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

Beginner Quilters: An e-Book Giveaway!

FREE MOTION QUILTING WITHOUT FEAR

As you all know, I have done everything I can to remove the fear and provide the inspiration for YOU all to begin free motion quilting…

If you’re still searching for something more–I think you’ll enjoy a newly published book written by a friend of The Inbox Jaunt:  Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly Hanson:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners

Molly’s new book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners-and Those Who Think They Can’t is a step-by-step guide to getting started.   It is a real CAN-DO book which takes the fear out of free motion quilting.  From choosing thread to setting up your work space, Molly walks the reader through the process with easy explanations and  many photos.

Molly believes in keeping supplies and set up to a minimum.  Simple is best.

Molly includes several motifs in her book.  Yesterday’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Woodgrain was based on a motif in the book.

Molly Hanson's Woodgrain

There are several small projects in the book including two projects which highlight the Woodgrain motif:  A Laptop Sleeve and a Messenger Bag.

Quilted Laptop Sleeve


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You can find Molly’s book at Martingale Publishing, on Amazon, or in YOUR Local Quilt Shop!

GIVEAWAY

Molly is also offering a free e-book copy to ONE LUCKY reader of  The Inbox Jaunt.

To enter:  please answer this question in the comment section:

How many hours per week do you spend quilting?

THE BLOG-HOP

Several blogs are participating in Molly’s blog-hop.  For more quilting fun, check out these blogs as well:

1. Martingale http://blog.shopmartingale.com/ November 11th

2. Amanda Jean http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com November 13th

3. Amy Friend http://duringquiettime.com November 14th
4. Angela Walters http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com  November15th
5. Juliet van der Heijden The Tartankiwi  November 17th
6. Lori Kennedy http://theinboxjaunt.com  November 19th
7. Cindy Weins http://www.liveacolorfullife.net November 20th

8. Thermoweb http://thermoweb.com/blog/ November 21st

TOMORROW

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a sneak peek of The Woodgrain  in a Christmas project–HINT-It’s a Family Tree.

FRIDAY

The winner of Molly Hanson’s e-book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t….announced.  Good luck!

Lori

PS…All images used today are used with permission of Molly Hanson and Martingale Press.

 

Woodgrain-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Today’s tutorial:  Woodgrain is a motif I saw while reviewing a book for Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly’s book, Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can’t) will be released very soon.

(Later this week we will review Molly’s book and ONE LUCKY READER of The Inbox Jaunt will win an e-book version of Molly’s book!)

WOODGRAIN-A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Begin by drawing a few straight lines.  The lines will serve as a reference to keep motif relatively straight.

Start at the bottom of the quilt and stitch a wavy line.  Echo stitch back down.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

 

Stitch another wavy line, shorter or longer than the previous line of stitching.  Echo back to the bottom.

NOTE:  Avoid ending the wavy lines at the same height.  This looks unnatural.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After adding several lines add a “knot”.  Instead of echo quilting, add a pointy spiral.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral in, then spiral out again.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After stitch the spiral, stitch to the bottom line and begin adding echo lines again.   Continue this way from left to right until the width of the quilt is stitched.

Then begin stitching back to fill in the area above the first set of stitches.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

This is a very forgiving motif.  The lines are very irregular and mistakes are easily hidden-just like in nature.

THIS WEEK:

I have a project I stitched with Wood grain that was inspired by a project in Molly Hanson’s new book.

A book review and a GIVEAWAY.

Another busy week…

Lori the Lumberjack,

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