Turn the Corner-The Free Motion Quilt Way

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyLast Tuesday, we worked on the sweet little confection, Ribbon Candy Free Motion Quilt tutorial.    I hope you’ve had a chance to give it a try!

Today, we are going to look at several ways to turn the corner with this pattern.

RIBBON CANDY CORNERS

Begin by drawing the corner.  The sample is for a 1-1/2 inch border.

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingIn the Ribbon Candy tutorial the middle line was 1/2 inch from the bottom line.

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingStitch the first “pass” of stitching.  At the corner, stitch a very deep curve–almost a teardrop shape.  The teardrop should be almost closed toward the center and skim the 1/2 inch mark in the outer corner.

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingFor the second pass:  Stitch into the corner with a very wide 3/4 circle to reach the perpendicular row of stitching…

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingCORNER OPTIONS

Frequently, I use the corner as an opportunity for “Design Options”.

Add an embellishment that resembles the border in some way…(See the Squiggle Square Tutorial HERE.)

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingOr add any other motif you like..

Corners-For Free Motion QuiltingCorners are the perfect place to stitch:

  • your name
  • the recipient’s name
  • the date…
  • a coordinating pattern
  • a single motif

While it’s always nice to continue a border pattern around the corner, sometimes it’s just too difficult.

Don’t hesitate to use the corners for other fun motifs.  It adds visual interest!

Signed,

Stitching-cuz-it’s-raining,

Lori

HELP-As you can see in some of the photos above, I need a new cutting mat for my work table.  The table is 40″ x 72″.   I would like an Olfa mat and I know they used to offer this size, but I can’t find the source anymore…Plan B–a non-Olfa mat of the same size…Can anyone offer any suggestions?  Thank you, thank you–in advance!

NOTE-This sample was stitched on Kona cotton fabric, with Warm and Natural batting, using Sulky Rayon thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820–without a stitch regulator while wearing Eyebob glasses!

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, re-blog, tweet and otherwise give a shout out with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Pretty Posy-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

DID YOU READ THE  STORIES?

Good morning, Quilters!

FIRST…I would like to thank all of you who answered Friday’s question, Who taught YOU to sew?  Thoroughly enjoyable reading!  I loved that so many of you remembered your Home Ec teacher’s name.  We will re-visit this topic later this month…You’ve given me a few ideas I would like to share.

POSIES ARE FOR-GIVING

The weather is gorgeous here in Minnesota right now…we’re in between a few thunderstorms…but the garden is thriving and that influences my quilting…

I love flowers!

Today, I have a little bouquet for YOU….and if you lean in really close to your screen you can even smell the lovely, sweet scent of peonies!

Just testing…

So, here’s where we’re going…

There are a lot of pictures and several steps, but this is an easy–and forgiving pattern.  No need for perfection!  (Just like in my garden–not perfect, but still pretty!)

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialTHE PRETTY POSY TUTORIAL

This pattern requires a little marking.  Begin by drawing two lines 3 inches apart and another line 1-1/2 inches above the top line.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

 

On the middle line, draw “tick” mark every three inches.

On the bottom line, measure in 1-1/2 inches and then draw a tick mark every three inches.

Use a small ruler to connect the tick marks…and create triangles across the length of the fabric.

(NOTE-Check your ruler box, you may have a ruler that does this quicker…)

 

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

 

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

 

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

 

Now you are ready to stitch…

 

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialBegin stitching on the middle line…Stitch down the line—Stop before you reach the point–and being stitching rounded leaves, alternating from right to left.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialOnce you fill in the triangle, stop in the middle…

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialAnd add a curl.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialScallop around the curl from left to right to create the first row of flower petals:

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialStitch another row of petals from right to left and continue…

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialStitch five rows of petals and finish on the right side of the motif.  Stitch across on the middle line to the next “tick” mark and stop.

NOTE–The last row of petals extended above my drawn line or “rail”….This is fine as long as the rest of the motifs remain consistent.)

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

Stitch a straight line down to finish the right side of the posy’s triangle, (NOTE–Stop the stitches just before the bottom line)   Then echo stitch back to the top….

You are now ready to begin the second posy.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialLovely!–Ready for the second “pass”.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialThe second pass fills in the empty triangles.  Be creative here…Fill this triangle in with anything you like…

To fill in the posies as above…

Begin stitching ON the bottom rail.  Stitch straight across the rail and stop before the edge.  Stitch a slightly backward angled line, then stitch from right to left.  Continue back and forth until the triangles is  almost filled.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialFrom the left side of the triangle, stitch a tiny top triangle and continue down the right side of the triangle…

Stitch all the way to the bottom “rail” and begin filling in the next triangle.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialJust remember that the left and right sides of the Posy Border have only half triangles to fill.

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialA Single Row of posies is really all you need!

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorial

But, you know me…I can never stop with one flat of petunias at the flower market…

nor with one row of posies!

The Pretty Posy, Free Motion Quilt tutorialRing around the Rosie,

Pockets full of posies…the rest is kind of grim….

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 blog, Pin, Tweet, Sing about with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Giveaway-American Quilter Magazine Goes International

American Quilter, July 2014 Issue AMERICAN QUILTER Goes International

No, no, no….no trips for me…I’m happy to be in sunny, Minnesota this week.  It’s 75 and sunny (for now) and perfect gardening weather!

American Quilter’s July issue —including a free motion quilt tutorial by Yours Truly-— is on newsstands everywhere in the US…

…but what about all our friends, followers and readers abroad… It’s time to get them in on the fun! American Quilter, July 2014 Issue THE GIVEAWAY

Just tell me the city and country where you live  (I’d love to hear something special about your city as well)…

Entries must be submitted by Friday, June 20, 2014.   Winners will be announced Monday, June 23, 2014.

Leave a note in the comments section or on the “Contact Form” below this post.  (If those two features don’t work for you….send me an e-mail…lckennedy@hotmail.com. )

FOUR WINNERS

There will be four winners chosen:  one from the US and three from anywhere in the world!

American Quilter, July 2014 IssueSUBSCRIBING TO AMERICAN QUILTER–INTERNATIONALLY

Did you know you can subscribe to American Quilter Magazine….HERE….

The subscription is just $25/year and international subscribers pay just $20 more for shipping.  (or you can opt for the digital version of the magazine for no additional fee.)

LOTS MORE QUILTING THIS WEEK

Following the Line,

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