Flower Fantasia

Applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersHere’s a bright-colored little a gem I found while I was cleaning the other day.  A long forgotten project inspired by the work of Susan Shie.  See more images here.

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersThis is raw edge applique heavily embroidered with embroidery floss.

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersI have many hours stitched into this quilt, but I think I dropped it because it was just too much…

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, FlowersWith winter blanketing us with white, gray and more white, somehow this quilt seems just the perfect antidote–not too much at all!

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, Flowers

Hand applique, Hand Quilting, Flowers

That’s pretty typical for me.  I start a project, lose interest for a while and pick it back up much later.  What about YOU?  Do you work on a project from beginning to end or do you let it “incubate” for a while?

Love to hear!

Lori

 

Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle-A FMQ Tutorial

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!  Today I have an extremely fast and fun Free Motion Quilting (or Long Arm Quilting) tutorial for you–Nikki’s Puzzle.  As you might recall, last month I spent some time assisting  Mrs. Schellinger’s Creative Quilting Class at Forest Lake, MN High School.  The girls were indeed very creative–Read more HERE.  One of the students used her new free motion skills to stitch a jigsaw pattern.  I adapted her idea to create this continuous line free motion quilting pattern.  Thanks, Nikki!

Some patterns look easy and are challenging to quilt–like Circles (see tutorial HERE).   Other patterns, like Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle, look complicated, but are simple to stitch.  This is a Beginner Free Motion Quilt pattern.  It would look fabulous on any child’s quilt and I think it would look very contemporary on any Modern Quilt.

Nikki’s Jigsaw Puzzle Tutorial

This pattern requires a little quilt marking.  Begin by drawing a grid.  In the samples below, I used one inch spacing between my grid lines.  I used Stencil SCL-457-10 from The Stencil Company.  (Available HERE)  (Note–The Stencil Company is generously offering a giveaway on The Inbox Jaunt–details next week!)

If you don’t have a stencil, simply use your ruler to mark several lines equidistant apart.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Turn the stencil, and draw another set of lines perpendicular to the first set of lines.

You now have a grid to follow.  We will be stitching directly ON the grid lines.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin stitching in one corner.  Stitch along the grid line.  In the middle of each square, stitch a petal shape.  Stitch a few “up” petals and a few “down” petals.  Do this randomly.  It is preferable to avoid a regular pattern of “up and down” petals.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Continue stitching the entire row.  Then begin the next row.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch all of the parallel rows first.  Then begin the perpendicular columns.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

When you get to the end of each row or column, you have a choice:  either knot off at the beginning and end or trace directly over your previous stitching to reach the next column.  Either way looks nice.  Decide which you prefer–lots of knots or double stitching lines.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

In the sample below, you can see that some of the edge pieces are a bit darker from double stitching.  If you don’t mind this look, it is much faster than knotting.

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Give this a quick whirl today… I don’t think you need to doodle this one!  Just go right to your machine! Please let Nikki and me know what you think!

Jigsaw Puzzle Free Motion Quilting TutorialNote:  The above samples were stitched with Aurifil 28/2 (gray spool) in both the bobbin and on top-using a Schmetz Topstitch 80 needle on my Bernina 820.

I would love to see what you create with this pattern!   Please post your photos to Flickr (See sidebar link.)

Pleasantly Puzzled,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Please feel free (in fact, encouraged) to re-blog and Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Please contact me for any other use at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Take Note–The Quilt Notebook

The Quilt Notebook

Today we are going to start working on our Quilt Notebooks.  (For selecting a Quilt Notebook see HERE.)

 Important Reasons to Start a Quilt Notebook

  1. It will collect all the information about your quilts in one easy to find place.
  2. It will provide YOUR quilt history.
  3. It will demonstrate your growth as a quilter.
  4. It will help you set goals for developing your skills as a quilter.

First, let me clarify that The Quilt Notebook is distinct from a doodle/sketch book.  The Doodle/Sketch book is for drawing, doodling and sketching any idea that pops into your head.  Most of those ideas will never make it to a quilt… The Quilt Notebook is where we will collect EVERYTHING about our “Quilts in Progress”.  They can be in the  “idea only” stage…and they may never become a quilt…but they are more serious than doodles.

I want to emphasis that The Quilt Notebook will contain EVERYTHING about our Quilts in Progress and our Completed Quilts...No more scraps of paper with calculations, (that we can’t find later and need to re-calculate!).  If everything is in one place…we will always know where to reference it! (I’m lecturing myself, here–but maybe others can relate…)

So let’s get started

Write the name of a quilt on the top of a page in your notebook…leave at least two pages per quilt–we’re going to be adding more information and critiques later.

The Quilt Notebook

 

Add the following information to your Notebook:

  • Quilt Name-It’s nice to give every quilt a unique name for reference.  I am currently working on a quilt named “Boxes and Vines” as well as a quilt called “Claire and Andy’s Wedding Quilt“…Not very creative, but handy…
  • Date Started/Date Completed-I usually add date completed to my quilt labels, but I wish I had documented the start dates.  Some of my quilts “incubate” for years between the  start and completion dates!
  • Intended Purpose-This is important when making size, color and deadline decisions.
  • Pattern-Write down the official quilt pattern name.  Include where you found the pattern-book, pattern company, online source and your inspiration.
  • Size-If you are making a bed quilt, it is a good idea to take those measurements yourself.  Quilt sizes for beds are not all the same because the drop height differs.    Include mattress length, width and drop to floor.  For wall-hangings, and table-runners include the size of wall/table. Include the block size of your pattern for later calculations.
  • Fabric-Include as much information as possible here.  Manufacturer, where purchased, fiber, cost of fabric, special washing instructions.
  • Thread-Include manufacturer, weight, fiber, where purchased, price.
  • BattingThis is one of the most important things to include in your notebook.  (I include it on my quilt labels now.)  This will allow you to reference which battings hold up best over a long period of time.
  • Estimated Cost-It is often difficult to estimate quilt costs…we buy several yards of fabric, but we never use it all for any given project.  Additionally, we use fabric, thread,  and rotary cutters from our stash.  I still think it is interesting to estimate the cost of a quilt.  Your best guess now will be interesting to later generations.
  • Estimated Hours–Just write down 1,ooo,ooo!  Does anyone have any idea how long it takes them to make a quilt???
  • Notes-

The Quilt Notebook

It seems like a lot of work to use a Quilt Notebook, but it will only take minutes at a time.   It will save you hours of re-calculating, searching for patterns, and scouring the internet later if you chose to pick up an old project.  It will also be YOUR personal reference when making choices for future quilts.

Next week, we will add more to our quilt notebooks…

Happy (organized) Quilting,

Lori

PS…All information, tutorials and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  Please contact me for any other purpose!