What Do YOU Do with YOUR Practice Quilts?

Thumbnail Free Motion Quilts

Good Morning, Quilters!  Today is Open Line Friday…Everyone asks…Everyone answers…Any quilting question…

We LOVE hearing from the experts out there…from all over the world…

Thumbnail Free Motion Quilts

I thought I’d start the ball rolling with a question from my sewing room….

This week I spent some time going through my stack of “Tuesday Tutorials” and other little projects.

I found a lot of forgotten little gems (and a few that were not so good…)

I cut out a few thumbnail “sketches” to save….

Thumbnail Free Motion Quilts

In the past, I’ve used larger practice pieces to make bags and I keep many samples in a binder…

Today’s Question:

What Do YOU do with your samples and your practice pieces?

I’d love to hear…

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

 

 

Tying a Quilt-The Free Motion Quilting Way

Sailboat, Free motion Quilting

Are you looking for a fast and easy way to finish a quilt top?

Perhaps you’ve just completed a baby quilt and don’t want to spend a lot of time or money finishing the quilt…

Here’s the perfect solution—Tie the quilt with a simple free motion quilt motif in every square or corner.

Tying a Quilt001

The most common way to tie a quilt is  to use yarn and a large needle to hand  tie a knot every 4-10 inches in the layered quilt.

Tommy the Turtle-Free Motion Quilting

For the free motion method of hand tying a quilt:  choose a simple free motion motif (or several) and stitch the motif in place of a yarn knot.

Free Motion Quilting-Shamrock Tutorial

The Shamrock

This method is perfect for baby quilts or any quilts that you would like a little fluffier.

It’s fast, fun and a perfect way to gain confidence with free motion quilting…

Try The Sailboat, The Tulip, Tommy the Turtle, The Shamrock free motion quilt motifs

Let me know what YOU think…

Lori

PS…Other motifs that would work include The Pretty Little Bow, The Closed Umbrella, The Open Umbrella, The Daisy, The Windowsill Garden

PPS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy @ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to reblog, Pin, share, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Home Run Baseball Quilt

Free Motion Quilted Baseballs

Do you have any Little League baseball players in your family?  Or perhaps your child prefers softball or tennis?

Wouldn’t it be nice to record all their teams and special dates–home runs, etc. in a special way?

Or perhaps you need a gift for that special coach?

Why not make a Home Run Quilt?

Whether your child is in Little League or Fast Pitch softball, or tennis (green fabric, no zig zag)…this quilt is perfect for all the sportsmen on your team!

Once the quilt is complete,  use a permanent marker to add the names of all the baseball teams on which your child has played and the dates of their home runs…

If your quilt is a coach’s gift, ask each child on the team to sign the baseballs…

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsTO MAKE THE HOME RUN QUILT

Create this quilt by overlapping the circles from yesterday’s free motion quilt tutorial:  The Baseball.

In today’s quilt, I used two types of Rayon thread:  Robison-Anton’s Twister Tweed and Sulky 40 wt –or use cotton Aurifil 28 wt thread as I did in yesterday’s tutorial.

Free Motion Quilted Baseballs

Free Motion Quilted BaseballsI can just see it with a trophy on top!

We’re off to a tournament this weekend–wish PK (my son) and his team luck!

Go Pioneers!

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