American Quilter Giveaway!

 

American Quilter MagazineToday is your lucky day!  On newsstands now the September edition of American Quilter Magazine and it’s loaded with lots of good stuff.

In addition to “My Line with Lori Kennedy”–5 pages of free motion quilting, there’s a great article about Freddy Moran–the very colorful, Freddy Moran–that you won’t want to miss.

(In an upcoming post, I’ll show you my Freddy Moran inspired quilt–it’s over 10 years old and still much-loved!

American Quilter MagazineLast time we had winners from all over the world…a little “quilting-ambassadorship”…

AmericanQuilterGiveaway.LKennedy003This month, winners must be from the US or Canada…

Please leave a comment…

What are your favorite motifs?…  OR

What motifs would YOU like to see in free motion quilting?

I will choose three winners at random.  Winners announced on Monday, September 1.

Good Luck,

Lori

 

 

The Dizzy Daisy-A FREE, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

 

Good morning, Quilters!

It’s Tuesday…time for another FREE, free motion quilt tutorial!

From the moment this pattern appeared on my sketchbook, I knew it would be one of my favorites.

And, yes…it did appear as if by magic. Serendipity happens sometimes when one doodles aimlessly--

Another reason for YOU to doodle frequently!

Today’s pattern would look great in the background of any quilt.  It is modern, but sophisticated enough to be included in the most formal of quilts.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitching in the corner of the quilt–along a border.

Begin by stitching a spiral

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the spiral and take two straight stitches along the border.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral around as many times as you would like.  Make some of the spirals large and some small-this makes the pattern more interesting to “read”.

Next, begin stitching another spiral by sweeping away from the first motif.

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the new spiral…whenever you reach the first spiral, take two stitches–parallel to the first spiral and stitch back around…the outer rotations will not be full circles…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingContinue adding new spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingAn entire background could be filled with just the connected spirals.  Gorgeous!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingTo add a little “daisy” to our “dizzy”….add the petals from The Happy Blossom Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingThen add more spirals…

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

In not time at all, you’ll be “Dizzy with Daisies” and your quilt will be complete!

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion Quilting

I think this is my new favorite….

The Dizzy Daisy, Free Motion QuiltingBut then again, I say that every week…

I’ve stitched so many Dizzy Daisies…I feel faint…I think I’ll take a little nap…THEN I’ll go clean the house?!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton fabric using Aurifil 28/2 cotton thread on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.  The batting is Tuscany Silk–new for me, I’m giving it a whirl and a twirl and spin….I’ll let you know what I think.

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

Summer Art–Rock Painting

LKennedy.RockPainting003A few weeks ago, my nephew, his wife and their four children made the trek to Minnesota for a little “Up North” fun.

After collecting rocks on The St. Croix River, we spent several happy hours creating painted rocks to trade and share.

I even had my portrait painted–see rock above…

Painted RocksWith only a few days–gasp!!–yes, days left before the kids return to school, you might enjoy this little pastime. (If you don’t have kids…it’s still fun…)

First…check out these ideas…kokokoKIDS:  Painted Rocks (Make sure your scroll down until you see the “people” rocks–my favorite!)  and,

6 Ways to Paint a Rock

Painted RocksIf you need any inspiration for what to paint on your rock, of course you don’t have to look any farther than The Inbox Jaunt Free Motion Quilt Tutorials!

Consider it Cross Training…

Rocking-My-Quilt-Motifs!

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

 

 

Open Line Friday…Pot Pourri

Free Motion Quilted FlowerHappy Friday, Everyone!

Today is Open Line Friday–Any Questions this week?

I will start by answering a few questions that came up in the “comments” this week.

ABOUT THE FLOWER QUILT

A bit more clarification about the little floral quilt from Wednesday’s :  Free Motion Quilting:  Playing with Scale

The large flowers were stitched across the entire piece first, then echo stitched to make them “pop” more.

The Happy Blossom filler from Tuesday’s Tutorial was added last.

Free Motion Quilted FlowersRAW EDGE APPLIQUE

When stitching with Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed, I used a Schmetz Topstitch 90 needle.  A Topstitch 80 would work as well.

A note about needles:  Increasingly, I find myself using the Schmetz Topstitch 90 for all of my free motion quilting.  For most of my projects it has been trouble free.  For more about needles:  How to Chose a Needle for Free Motion Quilting.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge AppliqueTHE CIRCUS

Last week, I wrote about a jaunt to The Ringling Circus in Sarasota, Florida…One of our readers, Mardi Carter,  shared the link to her quilt, “Bigtop”.

Her gorgeous circus quilt won the 2014 Hoffman Challenge for Mixed Best Machine Work!

Congratulations, Mardi!

AS THE SUMMER WINDS DOWN

I’m a little distressed about the end of summer.  It’s back to school on Monday…

I had a very busy summer, but still didn’t do/see half the things on my list…kayaking, fishing, Willow River State Parkhike Taylors Falls–see the potholes…

What about YOU?  What are your plans for the weekend?

What summer activities do you have left on YOUR list?

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 Pin, Tweet, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

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Whenever I get a chance to sneak up to my sewing room on a Saturday, I allow myself a little “play time”…A chance to experiment with new techniques or new materials…

Last week I found some hand dyed fabric that was fused in small sheets and I cut out flower and leaf shapes…NO PLAN…I just worked intuitively…

This week, I played with compositions using the flowers and leaves and then fused this bouquet.

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

I used this Robison-Anton Twister Tweed  (Two ply thread-one white, one black-love the effect!) to raw edge appliqué this flower in place…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Can’t wait until Saturday, for more time to play…

Free Motion Quilting and Raw Edge Applique

 

Wishing YOU some free time–just for “PLAY”,

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

 

Free Motion Quilting–Playing with Scale

Free Motion Quilted FlowersWelcome back, Happy (Blossom) Quilters!

Thanks to all who shared the Happy Blossoms Free Motion Quilt tutorial!   We seem to be getting the word out to #banthestipple and #meandernomore…with fun and fresh patterns like the Happy Blossom

I WOKE UP WITH AN IDEA

… a little experiment in scale using only the Happy Blossom quilt motif….

Free Motion Quilted FlowersI worked on a little practice piece early in the morning…I think my subconscious was working on it during the night…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersNot perfect, but I think with a little tweaking (and a little coffee to wake me up more)  this could be lovely…

Free Motion Quilted FlowersA CHALLENGE-

Use The Happy Blossom or any of the FREE free motion quilt motifs and play with scale…

Try stitching the motif in three sizes and then work on ways to combine them.

Work quickly–it helps YOUR intuitive brain work better.

Then send us a photo–preferably to Flickr, Instagram–#theinboxjaunt, #banthestipple, #meandernomore,  or send a photo to me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

MORE QUILTING

Tomorrow–a little more about Improvisational Quilting  and Open Line Friday–bring YOUR questions…

Happy Stitching,

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