Anchors Aweigh!

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

After stitching sailboats a few weeks ago (see tutorial HERE) and Swirling Stars yesterday (See tutorial HERE), it seemed an anchor quilt was inevitable…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I purchased a Bernina 820 several weeks ago (See more HERE), and it has taken a little time to get the setting just where I like them, but I found a few tension tricks for this machine, and now it is smooth sailing!

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

With a little treat to keep me going…(Found at Caribou Coffee co.)

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I had this stitched before the stars came out…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

 I added The Sailboat in the corners…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I can’t wait to use this on my Fourth of July table!

Anchor Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

You might also like The Flag Quilt posted last week…

Tuesday Tutorial-Swirling Stars

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Just in time for the Fourth of July, we have the Swirling Stars for our Tuesday Tutorial this week!

This is a great way to embellish any patriotic quilt, but it also looks great on summer quilts, sailboat quilts, boys quilts, military-inspired quilts….I’m sure you can find a spot on ANY quilt for this motif.  So let’s get started…

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Draw three lines to serve as “rails”–just guidelines to keep things tidy.  In the sample below, the rails are one inch apart.  Stitch a spiral with a long tail.  In the sample below, the tails are two inches long.   (See the spiral tutorials HERE and HERE.)

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

From heavy paper or tag board, cut out a small star.  (Draw one, print one, or look for a stencil.)

I found this stencil at JoAnn Fabrics.

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Use the stencil or the cutout to draw a star around each spiral.  If using a paper pattern, remove the center of the star for more accurate placement.

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Place one point of the star nearly on the center rail and as close to the tail of the spiral as possible.

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Once the stars are drawn around each spiral, begin stitching again.

The stars are completed in two more passes--the right side of the star and then the left side of the star.  I usually start from the bottom and work up for both passes.

There’s just one trick when stitching the stars–Do not cross the spiral or it’s tail! This keeps the star neat–not thready!

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin and end each pass with a little spiral to hide your knots and to add a little more “swirl” to the stars.

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Once you have completed the right side of the star, stitch the left side of the star.  Again, do not cross the spiral or the tail…

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The stars are complete and they look great!

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

If you want to “Lori-ize” them  (I can never leave a motif unembellished…)–Add a row of echo quilting with a few more swirls on each side of the star…

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

There you have it–a Twirling Tuesday Tutorial–The Swirling Stars!

Feel free to Pin and re-blog this post with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  (All tutorials and photos are property of The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only!)

Swirling Stars, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Please stop by tomorrow–I used the star stencil for a new mini-quilt—I think you’re going to give it two thumbs up and Four Stars!

Pretty Paperwork

USPS Flower Stamps

Today is Monday.  July 1st, 2013.  The first of the month and a Monday can only mean one thing…

It’s Paperwork Day.  Phone calls. Bills. Filing…

And it ALWAYS takes more time than I expect…

USPS Flower Stamps

I would rather be in my garden…

USPS Flower Stamps

Over the years, I have developed a few rituals to make Paperwork Day more pleasant.

USPS Flower Stamps

I have pretty notebooks and folders for organizing my paperwork.  I try to keep fun stamps on hand —and I always brew my favorite coffee or tea as I gather the paperwork that has collected all week.

USPS Flower Stamps

Once all the paperwork is collected, the mail is opened and the sale flyers are tossed away, I pull out my favorite fountain pens (read more HERE) and get to work…

What rituals do YOU have for Paperwork Day?