Ruby and Roxie

Ruby and Roxie, Australian ShepherdsI thought my two Australian Shepherds could use a little exercise so I showed them this short video…

This was their response:

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

What made YOU laugh today?

Signed,

Lori-the-Lady-with-the-Lazy-Dogs

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A Fall Vase Quilt

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingIt’s a little bit cooler and the days are shorter, which means it’s time to bring out the Fall Quilt Collection…

This Vase Quilt–(I love small quilts to put on my tables underneath bowls and vases)–is one of my favorites.

It started with an orphan block that I made at a class several years ago.

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingDo you recognize The String of Pearls from Tuesday’s free motion quilt tutorial?

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingHere it is combined with a variation of The Welsh Leaf in a very effective border.

Fall Vase Quilt, Free Motion QuiltingI bet YOU have an orphan block or two?!

Just add a bowl of apples and your house will be ready for fall!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

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The Best Way to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting

Sewing DoodlesI know I say this a lot, but one of the best things you can do to improve your quilting is to DOODLE!

Sewing Doodles

Doodling helps build the muscle memory for free motion quilting.

When you sit down at the sewing machine, you should already know each motif and be able to draw it without hesitation.

Sewing DoodlesIt is much much more difficult to stitch  THE MOTIFS by looking at them on the computer while free motion quilting.

Sewing DoodlesBuy yourself a sketchbook and a ream of typing paper and Doodle away!

If you only take one thing from The Inbox Jaunt, let it be:

“If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”…and it’s corollary–

“If you can’t doodle it, you can’t quilt it!”

The Diva of Doodling,

Lori

You might also like:

Doodlers are Smarter

Doodle Stationery

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String of Pearls-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Good morning, Quilters!

Now that the kiddies are back at school I hope everyone has a little more time for quilting!

Last week, we started our own lesson plan…to learn the Humble Circle.  Like most simple things, The Circle is challenging to get just right.  It takes a lot of practice.

We started with the  Dots and Dashes Free motion quilt tutorial last Tuesday (Tutesday?)

While Dots and Dashes is a fabulous pattern in its own right, it is also a SKILLBUILDER pattern.  It helps build muscle memory for other circle patterns.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Dots and Dashes teaches four things:

  • Clockwise circles
  • Counter-clockwise circles
  • Stitching around a circle one and 1/2 times
  • Stopping in the middle of the circle –to start the dash…

If you are new to circles, try Dots and Dashes first, then move on to today’s free motion quilt tutorial, The String of Pearls.

THE STRING OF PEARLS TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines.  For this tutorial, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching in between the two lines.  Stitch a full clockwise circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Stitch over the previous line of stitching around the circle to the midpoint on the right side of the circle.

(NOTE- In the sample below the stitching is offset–this is for demonstration only.)

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Instead of stitching a straight line — as in Dots and Dashes–Stitch a curve toward the bottom line and begin the counter-clockwise circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Stitch over the previous line of stitching, back to the mid-point and begin another circle.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Continue stitching clockwise and counter-clockwise circles to create a String of Pearls.

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

Once you are comfortable with the String of Pearls, try varying the size of the Pearls.  (This will help when we try another circle tutorial–The Circle Filler also known as Pebbles.)

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,

String Pearls, Free motion quilting,Circles look simple, but they require a slower pace and full concentration…(You may notice, that I lack focus frequently!)

The clockwise, counter-clockwise method allows the quilter to develop a regular rhythm and this will help with both consistency and speed.  Again, Circles take practice!

THIS WEEK

I have decided to delay the circle tutorial planned for tomorrow.   Practice Dots and Dashes, The String of Pearls, and changing pearls (And of course, the Race Car)

We’ll add some really fun motifs next week…then a tutorial on “Pebbles” --the Circle fill pattern later in the month.

So many ideas, so little time…

I’m off on a JAUNT!–Can’t wait to tell you about it!

Lori

PS…The above tutorial was stitched on my Bernina 150 (A domestic sewing machine) without a stitch regulator, using Aurifil thread in the

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Hans Heysen — A Pattern for Paper Piecing or Applique

Happy Monday, Quilters!

I hope you have some free time today, this week, this month…

Earlier this month, in our Saturday series, Seamstresses in Fine Art, we looked at Hans Heysen’s portrait of his wife.

It was a favorite among readers of The Inbox Jaunt and we heard from several of you who live in or have travelled to Australia and have seen the house and the painting.

Peggy–our paper-piecing pattern friend, loved the image,too–Lucky for us!

Hans Heysen, Sewing

A NOTE FROM PEGGY

I really did like Saturday’s art print so tackled it as a multi-method piecing project.
I simplified the lines and shapes of Heysen’s painting, using straight line sewing when possible, but adding curves to give it warmth and life. The resulting project can make use of raw edge applique, or regular applique, or layered-landscape applique. Or paper piecing with some curves and applique thrown in. Or classic template piecing (there are 89 shapes). Lines of free motion quilting can be used instead of the fine color variations in the curtains, dress, and sewing fabric, further reducing the number of pieces. FMQ might even make some interesting repeating designs for wall paper!

There are 3 PDF files:
One full-sized line drawing ( on 6 pages) for an approximate 20″ x 20″ project;
One set of all 89 individual pieces with 1/4″ seam allowances, each named with orientation, location and colors. (13 pages).
One 2 page PDF that shows a color project picture, and a second page on suggestions for breaking it into piecing sub-sections. The two JPGs attached are these same two pictures.
I’ve provided no color chart this time but expect the color photo and original artwork will provide enough guidance, and allow for personal choice.

Enjoy!

Peggy

2014Sept6HeysenSewing full sized line drawing Peggy Aare for TheInBoxJaunt-6 pages ntx

Paper Pieced pattern-Hans HeysenColor Pattern HERE

2014Sept6HeysenSewing Piecing Templates Peggy Aare for TheInBoxJaunt-13 pages

Sectioned Pattern, Heysen

Sectioned Pattern, Heysen

Download the Sectioned Pattern HERE

Thank you, Peggy for all your hard work creating this fabulous pattern.

If you have stitched any of Peggy’s fabulous patterns, WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE!  Please post them on our Flickr group–see the sidebar, or e-mail the photos directly.

The Heron was stitched by Donna Gennick–Thanks for the photo, Donna!

Here’s the link to The Heron.

The Heron, Donna Gennick

The Heron, Donna Gennick

Happy Stitching, Everyone!

Lori

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Eyebrows and Free Motion Quilting

EYEBROWS ARE SISTERS

Make up artists say that your eyebrows should look like sisters–they don’t have to look like twins.  Read Beauty Tips HERE.  The same is true for free motion quilting.

Free Motion Quilted Oak Leaves and Acorns

FMQ PATTERNS ARE SISTERS, TOO

Whenever free motion quilting a pattern that has a right and left side-like feathers or leaves…it is impossible to make them perfect mirror images–that’s okay!  Don’t fret–our goal is “sisters, not twins”.

Your quilt and your quilting will still look beautiful!

LKennedy.FreeMotionQuilting001Most things in nature are not perfectly symmetrical or perfect mirror images.

For an interesting view of how asymmetrical faces are, check out these celebrity photos on Left Face, Right Face.

If nature is not symmetrical , I would argue, our quilting need not be either…

Lori

You may find the  Oak Leaf free motion quilt tutorial HERE and the Open Leaf free motion quilt tutorial HERE

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Special Delivery-A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Batting Tricks

Special Delivery-A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip: Batting Tricks

Free Motion Quilting QUICK TIP–Specially Delivered to YOU! Wool batting is great!  It has great loft, washes in the washing machine beautifully and gets better with age… Sometimes its too lofty for small projects.  (Vase quilts, etc.) Wool batting can be … Continue reading 

The Race Car–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

Welcome back to Circle Month here at The Inbox Jaunt and another FREE, Free Motion Quilt tutorial--The Speedy Race Car tutorial.

No, you are not confused…it IS Wednesday.  We are working on two tutorials this week(and next) as we explore the Humble Circle…

Yesterday, we worked on Dots and Dashes.  I hope you had time to practice.  Today, our pit crew is going to put Dots and Dashes to work.

THE RACE CAR TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing a rectangle 4 inches wide by 3 inches.

Add a second line, 1/2 inch above the bottom line.

Begin stitching on this line.

Stitch a dash, dot, dash, dot, dash….EASY!

 

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext curve up and around to make the front fender–about 1/2 inch below the top line

Curve down and back up to create the “seat” of the race car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen curve back down to close the car… Perfect and SPEEDY!

This simple car stands alone.  No further embellishment is needed…Echo stitch the bottom of the car and begin another car…(NOT SHOWN)

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialFor a “souped up” car…Stitch next to the first “dash” into the wheel of the car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a star inside the wheel, then stitch out of the wheel and around the top of the back wheel and into the front tire…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch a star in the front wheel, then stitch over the front wheel and echo stitch the front of the car, adding a racing stripe if desired.  Continue echo stitching until you reach the car seat.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd a steering wheel, then continue echo-stitching…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a number and some “exhaust”…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Plain or “souped”….A SPEEDY RACE CAR sure to please…

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Have fun!…Add your child’s name or his favorite number…Write a message in the “exhaust”…

Keep doodling, keep practicing circles…

Two more circle tutorials next week…

And oodles of more fun this week…

Stay tuned.

Lori

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