Free Motion Quilt Tutorial: The Feathered Leaf

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialGood morning, Quilters!

I hope you had time to create a little rose garden using Nora’s Rose free motion quilt tutorial last week…

Today, I have a gorgeous free motion quilt leaf pattern for you:  The Feathered Leaf.  

This pattern is a Beginner free motion quilt pattern…It can be used on a border or as a background motif...

THE FEATHERED LEAF FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines or “rails”.  Rails are drawn lines that provide guidelines for our free motion stitching.  In the sample below, the lines are two inches apart.

In the middle of the lines, add “tick” marks every four inches.  This will be the length of the leaf.

(NOTE:  In the sample below, I stitched horizontally from left to right, but you could stitch from right to left or vertically--whichever works best for you and the quilt on which you are working.)

Begin stitching on the first tick mark.  Stitch a curvy line and end at the second tick mark and STOP.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNext, stitch close to the wavy line a short distance to create a point, then stitch scallops back to the beginning of the wavy line.  Stitch the last scallop to a point at the beginning of the wavy line.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialNow stitch the scallops on top of the wavy line…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialAgain, stitch a point at the right end of the wavy line…That completes the first Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Now stitch the next wavy line to begin another Feathered Leaf.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOnce the entire row of Feathered Leaves is complete, echo stitch and add a little spiral occasionally.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialStagger the Feathered Leaves in a row to fill a large space.

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialOr stitch angled Feathered leaves

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialIn a border…

The Feathered Leaf Free Motion Quilt TutorialThis is an elegant free motion quilt pattern that would look great on ANY quilt!

TOMORROW:  A small quilt featuring The Feathered Leaf in the border…

See you then,

Leafy Lori

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Procrastination and The Creative Process

 

Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingAfter reading,  “Franz Kafka was a Great Procrastinator” by Mason Currey- a discussion of creative rituals, I started thinking about my own work process…

In the article, Mr. Currey asserts that creatives procrastinate on their projects in order to “ratchet up the pressure, which is bad for the nerves, but good for the work.”

When it comes to creativity,  I’m an inveterate procrastinator…

Creativity takes conscious and subconscious thinking time…

Procrastination often pays off…

Most of my quilts languish at several stages along the way…time to consider the possibilities…

I call it “incubating”…it is a necessary part of MY creative ritual.

Consider your creative rituals… Do YOU procrastinate?

Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingI’m off…but first, a few hours minutes on Pinterest…

Hmmm…Maybe M. Currey has a point!

Signed,

Lori the Lollygagger

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

 

 

Open Line Friday–Favorite Inspirational Books

Art & Fear, Bayles, OrlandWelcome to The Inbox Jaunt …and Open Line Friday…Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers…As you know, it’s my favorite post of the week.  I love to hear YOUR ideas, favorites, what works for you, what doesn’t…

Just to get things rolling…I’ll start…

FAVORITE BOOKS

I love books about quilting, art, and the creative process…whichever one I’m currently reading is my  favorite.

However, if I had to chose ONE FAVORITE–the book that is the most encouraging and inspirational, I would have to pick Art & Fear, Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.

Described as “An Artist’s Survival Guide” by authors David Bayles and Ted Orland:  Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way”.

This is the Introduction:

This is a book about making art.  Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like:  all art not made by Mozart.  After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people–essentially (statistically speaking) there aren’t any people like that.  But while geniuses may get made once-a-century or so, good art gets made all the time.  Making art is a common and intimately human activity, filled with all the perils (and rewards) that accompany any worthwhile effort.  The difficulties art makers face are not remote and heroic, but universal and familiar.

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Do not mistake Art & Fear for a pop psychology self-help book — we’re not interested in freeing your inner child! This is a book about what it feels like to sit down at your potter’s wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. What we’ve tried to do is illuminate the obstacles you face, and offer some artistic strategies for getting past them.

If you have any doubt about quilt making as ART and your struggles as a “quilt-artist” than this book is for you!

What about YOU?

Do you have a favorite book -one that is encouraging, inspirational, thought-provoking?

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

 

 

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Free Motion Quilting -Quick Tips

Free Motion Quilting - TipsGood morning, Quilters!

Today–A Free Motion Quilting Quick Tip:  Escapes

Adding this little skill to your “bag of tricks” can dramatically improve the look of your free motion quilting!

Whenever stitching a “shape-within-a-shape”  motif–for example,  a leaf with stems in the center, or a flower with a stamen…

Leave a small opening in the bottom of the shape.  It will still “read” as a closed shape…

Free Motion Quilting - TipsLeaving this small gap allows the INNER stitching line to exit without a stitching over any previous line of stitching.

Free Motion Quilting - TipsThe “closed leaf” below looks messy with “overstitching”…

Free Motion Quilting - Tips

 

Free Motion Quilting - TipsFor other examples of leaving an “escape”  take a look at The Basic Leaf,  The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, and many of the other motifs found on The Free Motion Quilt Motif Page.

Using an ESCAPE to avoid “stitchovers” will give YOUR quilts an instantly improved appearance!

Give it a try!

Happy Stitches,

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

Nora’s Rose-A Free Motion Vase Quilt

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion QuiltWere you digging in the mud yesterday or in your sewing room garden?

I hope you had a little time to plant Nora’s Rose a free motion quilt pattern from yesterday’s tutorial!

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

I found this gorgeous piece of red fabric and did a little late night gardening….

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

 

“Love planted a rose and the World turned sweet.’  

-K. Bates

Nora's Rose-A Free Motion Quilt

 Plant a Nora’s Rose today…and make the world a little sweeter!

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

Nora’s Rose-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good morning, Quilters!  Welcome to my sunny garden…it’s a bed of roses…Nora’s Roses

This pattern is named after my oldest daughter, Nora Rose …I first saw this pattern on a scrap she doodled. (It’s really a shame Nora doesn’t free motion quilt–her doodles are AMAZING!)

The other reason…her name is Honora Rose  or Nora Rose for short.

So let’s get started on this beautiful and versatile flower…

NORA’S ROSE TUTORIAL

Nora’s Rose is a BEGINNER free motion quilt pattern to stitch-—-(but an advanced pattern to explain in words…so bear with me…)

Begin by drawing a square.  This rose will morph into any size or shape, but for today, we’ll start with a 3 inch square.

Begin sewing in the middle of the square.  Stitch a rounded triangle and then stitch beyond your starting point…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialStitch counter-clockwise around the triangle…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep stitching counter-clockwise around..

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialAdd “waves” and “bumps” as you stitch around and around…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialKeep moving in a circle around the center, re-shaping as you make each pass around…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialThen add a leaf…Stunning! An award-winning rose–YOU be the judge!

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialNOTE–In the sample below, the stitches echo the previous line of stitching–perhaps too much…

To my eye, the rose above is prettier…less uniform, more interesting…

Again, YOU be the judge…

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

You won’t be able to plant just one Nora Rose!    You’ll have a full rose bed in no time at all…

And the best thing…NO WEEDS!!

Nora's Rose-Free Motion Quilt TutorialNOTE-In the Garden above….after completing the first rose, stitch a long trailing line to start the next flower.  Then stitch clockwise AND counter-clockwise, never crossing over the long, trailing line…

TOMORROW–See the mini-quilt I made with Nora’s Rose!

Signed,

Master (Free Motion) Gardener,

Lori

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

Creative Rituals

Free Motion Quilting, Spool and flowers

MONDAY–

I start every Monday with a “creative ritual”—

I make a cup of coffee, feed the dogs, sharpen my pencils and sit at the computer…

Pinterest?  Read Blogs?   Design Quilts?  NO!

I do paperwork, bills and phone calls.  I call this a “creative ritual” because if I don’t do it (or make my bed)…I can’t relax enough to be creative!

For a short, amusing account of Creative Rituals, you might like:  “The Best Creative Ritual:  Begin” by Walt Kania at thefreelancery.com.

Happy Stitching,

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