My Home Town Quilt

Home Town Quilt, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s a happy day in My Home Town (Stillwater, Minnesota)…

This little quilt (12 x 20 inches) was stitched in less than an hour.

Remember the Doodle Lesson on Wavy Lines?

I started by drawing wavy lines across my fabric.

Doodles, LKennedyThen I added Home Sweet Home from yesterday’s, Tuesday Tutorial-

Home,FMQ, LKennedyPretty soon, I had an entire village!

Home Town Quilt, LKennedyI had so much fun that I think I will make this into a larger quilt.

I could add motifs like the Race Car

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAnd perhaps a few trucks…(Is anyone interested in a tutorial for this?)Free Motion Quilted TruckI think with a little doodling this little village…Home Town Quilt, LKennedyCould be developed into a really fun city!

Hope YOUR doodles are helping you create more imaginative quilts!

Happy Street-Cleaning!

Lori

NOTE-This little quilt was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE  with Sulky Rayon 30 wt on top, Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin, using a size 90 Topstitch needle.

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

Home Sweet Home-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet Home

Good Morning, Quilters, Homemakers and Doodlers!

Are you frequently drawn to certain motifs?  Some people like butterflies (I do not…) or horses, or cats or dogs…

I love flowers–I bet you guessed already…

And sewing notions--who doesn’t?…

I also love any fabric or design that contains lettering.

Another motif that I always find appealing is houses–and I’ve done a few tutorials of houses:

We have the Row Houses tutorial and the Town House tutorial.  We even have a Birdhouse free motion quilt tutorial.

THE HOME SWEET HOME TUTORIAL

Today’s Home Sweet Home free motion quilt tutorial is the EASIEST–and (for now) it’s my favorite.

So let’s move right in!

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy

Begin by drawing parallel lines.  Draw the bottom line, then a line 1-1/4 inches above that line and another 1 inch above the second line.

Begin stitch along the bottom line.  Stitch straight up to the middle line, then stitch four or five stitches to the left.  Stop here.

Next stitch at an angle to the top line.

Home,FMQ, LKennedyStich down at an angle to the middle line.

Stitch on the middle line stopping one stitch short of the previous line of stitching then closely echo stitch back…stop four-five stitches before the right point of the triangle… (NOTE–in the photo below I stitched a tad too far.)

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeStitch straight down to create the right wall of the house.

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeStitch along the bottom line several stitches.  Stitch up and over and down to create the door.

Stitch directly under the door and the right side of the house and continue along the bottom line to begin the next house on the street.

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeOR…add a few simple trees or a flower…

Home,FMQ, LKennedy

Just like that you’ve built a house!

This would be a sweet motif on a child’s quilt or for any quilt that has a house theme.  Home Sweet Home could be used as a border or to fill a single square.

Once you have the basic pattern, refer to your doodles in Change One Thing….and create Better Quilting through Doodling!

TOMORROW

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see “My Little Village”…an irresistible little quilt!

 

Happy House Warming!

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770 QE using Sulky Rayon 40 wt thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.

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

 

FMQ Quick Tip–Throat Plates

ThroatPlate.LKennedy002Good Morning, Quilters!

Recently, I was stitching along and my quilting just didn’t seem right…

The needle had a hard time penetrating the fabric and I thought I had a dull needle.

The real culprit:  I had the wrong needle plate!

Most machines come with a zig-zag needle plate.  The hole is wide enough for the needle to create zig zag or decorative stitches.

However, this is not the BEST choice for Free Motion Quilting or for normal piecing.

The BEST choice is a single hole throat plate.  It supports the fabric better and allows the needle to penetrate the fabric more readily.

This leads to better stitch formation–in other words…PRETTIER STITCHES!

Single Hole Throat PlateOnce I realized the error…

Everything was better.Single Hole Throat PlatePretty stitches!

Hope YOUR stitches are happy today!

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

Open Line Friday–Favorite Craftsy Videos–and a FLASH SALE!

 

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line FridayEveryone Asks, Everyone Answers!  With more than 7500 readers of The Inbox Jaunt, we have a wealth of information, experience and skill out there–so let’s share!

BACK TO SCHOOL

When school starts every fall, don’t YOU want to dive into some new class or project as well?  (Maybe it’s just an excuse to buy new supplies?)  Or maybe it’s hard-wired into our DNA that September is a time to learn…

START TODAY—If you haven’t signed up already… I am  offering Divide and Conquer-Creative Quilting for Any Space at 50% off…Today through Monday!  (This link will allow you to register for Divide and Conquer at 50% off until Monday)

CRAFTSY SALES…

THIS WEEKEND –Craftsy will be offering a sale on several quilting classes starting tomorrowCraftsy Quilt Sale Link:  August 29 – 30.  (This link will allow you to register for several quilting classes at 50% off Saturday and Sunday).

BIG LABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE

Most of the Craftsy classes will be discounted next week–so let’s be prepared!

Many of you have taken a lot of Craftsy classes.  One reader told me she’s taken more than 100 Craftsy classes!

Please share YOUR favorites!

Any category–quilting, knitting, cooking, photography–we’d love to hear!

Pin Cushion Free Motion QuiltingA couple of my favorites are:

Ann Petersen’s--Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results--Great tips on spray basting and stitching the large quilt!

Edyta Sitar’s Mix and Match:  Scrappy Quilts– A great class with lots of project ideas and piecing tips and tricks.  There’s something for everyone in this great class!

The Perfect Cupcake–The chocolate cupcake is THE BEST cupcake I’ve ever baked!

Vietnamese Classics:  Pho, Noodles and Beyond.  Andrea Nyugen is a delightful instructor and the recipes are easy and delicious.  My entire family loves her Shortcut Chicken Pho (and she even tells you how to pronounce it!)

Christina Cameli’s-Free Motion Quilting Essentials–Several new motifs and I love how she modifies her gloves!

and I just signed up for two FMQ classes-

Leah Day’s The Free Motion Effect

and Pat Delaney’s Quilting Linear Spaces

I can never get enough Free Motion Quilting!

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quilting

TODAY’S MOTIFS

Try the Pencil and The Tomato Pin Cushion on your next quilt.

Happy Quilting…and Sewing…and Cooking…and….

THE DEAL

You can order my video, Divide and Conquer TODAY and SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Several quilting videos will be on sale SATURDAY and SUNDAY-

Late next week, most Craftsy videos will be on sale!–Details and links to follow!

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

Doodling a Wedding Ring Quilt

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Every Thursday is doodle day!  Get your pencils and paper ready, so when a busy weekend hits, you’ll still feel like you’re quilting!

I am currently working on a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt.

(I will be showing lots of images of this quilt as I demonstrate how to design and stitch “The Big Quilt”.)

PLAN WHILE YOU PIECE

As you are piecing, think about how you want to design the free motion quilting.  

This allows plenty of time for the ideas to percolate…

–and hopefully, by the time the last border is stitched in place, you’ll be excited about the quilting phase!

For the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I plan to do minimal stitching on the rings and a fun design in the center of the rings.

I copied this shape–it is the odd shaped center from a Double Wedding Ring–LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

and  then traced the shape onto several pages in my sketch pad…
LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Whenever I had free time, or a new idea, I doodled the possibilities.
LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI used the motif library:  Free Motion Quilt tutorial Page and tried a variety of different ideas…

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Some motifs work better than others…

I like Grid Pop in the center along with The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI also like this version of The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

I never settle on one motif until I try a wide variety of options.

Here’s The Bow:LKennedy. Double Wedding RingAnd the Fleur-de LisLKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Once I settle on a few motifs, there’s still more planning to do…like stitch order and thread, etc…but there’s still plenty of time!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  1. Pick a quilt top you’d like to finish and start planning the quilting.
  2. Trace the shape of one of the blocks–or a part of a block.    (Avoid thinking about THE WHOLE QUILT–let’s just bite off one small piece at a time—Think of it as “Divide and Conquer”–sound familiar???)
  3. Make several copies of the shape or trace them into your sketchbook.
  4. Search for a few motifs you think would work.
  5. Get doodling!  Try as many combinations as possible…
  6. It is best to do this over several sessions–it’s surprising how one idea will lead to another especially when you give your subconscious creative brain time to work.

Have fun with this.  If one block doesn’t inspire you right now, try a border or a sashing.  

ONE MORE THING…

Several months ago, I started this process with the question “Can you teach someone to doodle?”…

We are now 15 lessons into this experiment and I’d love to hear how this is going for everyone.    Have the Doodle Lessons helped?  Should we continue?  Which lessons have been the most useful?  Any other comments/questions?

LOVE TO HEAR!

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

Step by Step: From Doodle to Quilt

PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.004Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Remember this doodle exercise from last Thursday?

Circle Doodles, LKennedyI couldn’t resist the question:  Can this doodle become a quilt?

I did not trace the page of doodles…the idea was enough.

Instead, I used these circle templates–purchase at an office supply store-to compose right on my fabric.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesI stitched all of the circles in dark purple thread. Aurifil 50 wt cotton

Aurifil 50 wt cotton was perfect!

And of course, I was stitching on my domestic sewing machine–the lovely BERNINA 770QE.

Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt Circles

LKennedy CirclesOnce the circles were complete, I changed to a heavier weight, white thread–Superior’s Magnifico.

Superior's Magnifico Thread

I stitched flowers into all of the circles.Lori Kennedy The Inbox Jaunt CirclesNext, I used Pixelles–from Signature–in a variegated purple to fill in between the flowers!PurpleDoodleQuilt.LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.007

 

LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.FMQThis was finished in a flash–because the ideas were all worked out in the DOODLING PHASE!!

To learn more about using Thread as YOUR palette-continue to follow The Inbox Jaunt…

And watch Craftsy:   Divide and Conquer-Creative Quilting for Any Space @ the bargain value of $10.00 off HERE

MORE ABOUT DIVIDE AND CONQUER ON CRAFTSY

Thank you to all of you who have written reviews on the Craftsy platform–we’ve received all FIVE STAR REVIEWS!

Also, Thank you to Paula at Sweet P Quilting and Creations for her blog post about the Craftsy Video!

Paula claims to be my #1 Fan–(but I’m taking auditions–LOL!)

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO QUILT A DOODLE

Today’s step by step of how to quilt a doodle is just ONE way this doodle could have been interpreted.

What about YOU?  Have you stitched any of your doodles?

We’d love to HEAR–and love to SEE!

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

 

The Delicious Apple-A Free Motion (Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s always sad to see the school buses round the corner…

It’s Back to School here in Minnesota-a bit earlier this year.

Honestly…it’s mixed emotions for most of us--It means more quilting time!!!

Let’s kick off the school year with a Delicious Apple!

A NEW GRADING SYSTEM

Starting today, I’ll be giving each tutorial a Grade–Beginner, Easy or Intermediate

See all the FREE MOTION QUILT Tutorials HERE

I plan to grade ALL of the tutorials so that you will be able to search for your skill level.  (This will take some time.)

***Did you know there is a “Search” box on the right side of every page just above my portrait??***

Also, if YOU disagree with a grade…Please let me know!

Today’s tutorial:   The Delicious Apple =  EASY

THE DELICIOUS APPLE QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  (The lines in this tutorial are 1-1/4 inch apart.)

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch a fat letter “c” –brush the top line and end below the top line.

Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

 

Stitch straight up to create the stem.  Stitch across two-three stitches then back down to the drawn line.  Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Add a leaf with a small vein. Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Finish stitching the stem, then stitch the right side of the apple by mirroring the left side.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

When you reach the bottom line stitch a slight wave to create the bottom of the Apple.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Stitch on the bottom line back to the right to create the next apple in the chain.Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Or add a little something extra!Apple, FMQ, LKennedy

Now wasn’t that EASY?

Makes a great border on any quilt, or computer cover, or school bag, OR

Combine it with the EASY as PIE tutorialand you have a theme going!!!

With the kiddies off at school…

Let’s get some deep housecleaning done

Let’s do our paperwork

Let’s go to the gym

Who am I kidding!?

 Let’s QUILT!!!

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

 

Back to School

AlphabetHello Quilters!

Are YOUR students back to school?

Here’s a little inspiration from the Windham Fabrics booth at Quilt Market 2015.

And if you have a little spare time today…they have a huge library of FREE QUILT PATTERNS…

Here’s one I really like….Pencil Box--It recommends DOODLING!!

See you tomorrow, when we’re ALL back in school with a fun Tuesday Tutorial!

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