A Surprise in the Garden

 

June GardenEarly yesterday morning, Ruby and I were out having a little coffee and  enjoying a quick tour of the new blooms in the garden…UNTIL……

Roxie--our other Australian Shepherd– interrupted our composure with incessant barking and barking and barking…

What now?

a deer?

a cyclist?

Hopefully not the black bear that was spotted nearby (Read HERE)

NO!  Something worse…

June Garden

A beautiful hot air balloon from Stillwater Balloons or Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloons.

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

For some reason, hot air balloons drive my dogs crazy!

Hot Air Balloon

Notice the passenger’s message to the photographer below!

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air BalloonI’ve never been on a hot air balloon ride.  Maybe someday…but only if I can bring my camera!

What about YOU?  Ever been up in a hot air balloon?

I’d love to hear…

Lori

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Sprucing Up My Sewing Room

Scissors QuiltSeveral months ago, I was at my Local Quilt Shop (LQS)–Bear Patch Quilting Company in White Bear Lake…and saw a full size quilt of scissors hanging on the wall…

While I have been working hard to avoid impulse buying….I HAD to have this pattern!

The pattern, by Lori Holt  for a very large quilt (Nine sets of these scissors) is no longer available on her Etsy site–but she does have another pattern that includes the scissors…

I quickly stitched up  a single pair of scissors…using this adorable Tape Measure fabric–also found at Bear Patch…and then I was on to MY FAVORITE PART-planning the free motion quilting…

scissors quiltI chose Robison-Anton Twister Tweed for embellishment…”Gingher and 2014

And then began free motion quilting…I added Spools (tutorial HERE) in the handles and between the blades and Flower Power  (Tutorial HERE) everywhere else.  I left the border free of quilting–the patterned fabric didn’t need any more embellishment.

scissors quilt

scissors quilt

In several uninterrupted hours, I had finished this little quilt (binding and all) to hang in my sewing room…(NO UFOs, thank you!)

I had a great long afternoon in my sewing room….but I was supposed to be “sprucing up my sewing room” by cleaning….Scissors Quilt

Scissors QuiltThere’s always tomorrow for cleaning

Signed,

Lazy Lori with-a-still-messy-sewing-room

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin, Re-blog, Tweet, etc…with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

Ribbon Candy – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyGood Morning, Quilters!  It’s Tuesday…and I have a Sweet Treat for you–a little Ribbon Candy! 

I know Ribbon Candy is traditionally a Christmas confection, but stitched in pink.. pretty at any time of the year!  It makes a great border–quick, easy and fun!

(Ribbon Candy is much easier to stitch than it is to make–see this short video for inspiration and then we’ll get started!

THE RIBBON CANDY TUTORIAL

The Ribbon Candy Tutorial is really four motifs…

First, The Simple Wave:  

A long, straight line is THE HARDEST THING to free motion quilt.  Whenever you need a line–make it wavy…you’ll find it much easier to stitch…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyLike most patterns, The Simple Wave looks much better when it is echo-stitched….

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandySIMPLE RIBBON CANDY:

Begin by drawing two lines.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart. (NOTE-In the photo below-the lines were drawn for Deluxe Ribbon Candy–just pretend the lowest line is not there…oops!)

Begin stitch on the bottom line (see NOTE above).  Stitch a wavy line to the top “rail”–or drawn line…then stitch back down to the bottom rail…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Continue stitching.  The upside down wave is slightly narrower than the upward wave.

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Just keep stitching…

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Echo stitch back…this creates a very pretty border–Simple Ribbon Candy.

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

 DELUXE RIBBON CANDY

For a sweeter quilting treat….

Draw three lines.  Draw the bottom line…draw a line 1/2 inch above the bottom line….finally draw the top line one inch above the middle line….

Begin stitching on the middle line…

Stitch the upward wave just like before…The first row of stitching looks like this:

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyNext, stitch a second row of stitching…

Begin stitching on the bottom rail.  Stitch a very narrow upward wave, then a full-sized bottom wave… The second row of stitching looks like this:

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

When stitched together–It’s magic!–Deluxe Ribbon Candy!  YUM!

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon Candy

Wouldn’t this look great in any quilt border?

Free Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyMORE TREATS

I  really hope you enjoyed the Candy Shoppe today and Peggy’s Paperwork yesterday…(See the paper pieced purple flowers – yes, Allium—HERE

For another treat…Check out Susan’s blog, The Proficient Needle…She’s paper piecing The Hydrangea–and it looks great!

HAPPY STITCHING!

Free Motion Quilting, Inchworm

 

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