Halloween Treats-Open Line Friday

Blown Glass PumpkinsHappy Halloween!  It’s been a colorful month here in Minnesota (and at The Inbox Jaunt).  I will be sorry to turn the calendar page to November, though pumpkins, gourds and berries are still topical until Thanksgiving…

With the weekend upon us, perhaps you’ll have some time to TREAT yourself…

What will you choose as your treat?

Time to quilt?  Time to doodle?

I plan to take a little time to make this recipe…It made me laugh out loud when I saw it…

Blown Glass PumpkinsDoes anyone have any Fall books or movies they recommend?

I am currently re-reading The Last of the Mohicans…The Leatherstocking series is one of my all-time favorites to read in late fall.

Blown Glass Pumpkins(NOTE-The hand-blown glass pumpkin photos were taken on a recent trip to Cape Cod–Martha Vineyard Glassworks-a lovely place to visit…I had a pumpkin shipped home to me and I LOVE it.  You might enjoy the short video of how they make a glass apple.–it’s beautiful!  ..Their  hand-blown snowmen are adorable…PS— I am not affiliated with the store in any way.)

OPEN LINE FRIDAY

How will you TREAT yourself this Halloween?  AND do you have a book or movie to recommend?

Hope your Halloween is a real treat…

Lori

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

 

Graveyard Quilting

Free Motion Quilting, Graveyard, Tombstones, Quilts, Doodle Yesterday we talked about being ready when inspiration strikes

This little doodle found its way to my sketchbook last week…

and with just 30 minutes to stitch…

I will change things a bit when I make this into a small “vase quilt”…The good news…I got the ideas onto fabric and I now I have and idea of what works and what doesn’t.  A good start…

It will have to wait until next Halloween…I’m already doodling Thanksgiving, Christmas….

Free Motion Quilting, Graveyard, Tombstones, Quilts, Doodle

 

Do YOU have twenty minutes to stitch today?

What are YOU going to stitch?

(You might try The Spider Web free motion quilt tutorial-it was a big favorite last year!   See the Spider Web quilt, too!)

Happy stitches,

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

 

Build A Rock Solid Routine-Be Ready

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinWhen inspiration strikes are YOU ready?

You may have only 20 minutes….

If everything is ready, 20 minutes is enough...but ONLY if you are organized…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinDo you have a quilt sandwich ready?

Today’s assignment in Building a Rock Solid Routine for Free Motion Quilting is to make 10 quilt sandwiches.

A nice quilt sandwich size is 18 x 20–a fat quarter.

12 x 12 is the smallest I would recommend.

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinYOUR ASSIGNMENT

Choose a size that works for you.  This is YOUR SIZE.  Write it down somewhere!  If you have a lot of fat quarters-go with 18 x 20″.

1.   Cut 10 -12 batting pieces.

Either use what you have or buy a twin size batting and cut it up into pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

2.  Cut 10-12 pieces of quilt top fabric in YOUR SIZE.

Make sure some of the fabrics are solids.  Choose seasonal colors.  Skip the muslin and  ugly colors -you won’t feel inspired by these fabrics and when your stitching looks fabulous you will be disappointed by the fabric.(NOTE:  If you have any “orphan blocks” they make great little projects for free motion quilt practice.  Use them “as is” or add a border.)

Fold the top fabrics neatly.

3.  Cut 10-12 backing pieces slightly larger than YOUR SIZE.

Again, this is no time to use up your “dogs”.  It is okay to use fabrics you don’t love anymore, but don’t use fabric you HATE...there is a difference.

Avoid white on white fabrics -they don’t slide well as backings.  Also, avoid very tightly woven fabrics like hand dyed and batiks.

Fold the backing fabrics neatly.

MIX AND MATCH WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES

You should have three neatly folded piles:

  • Batting
  • Tops
  • Backing

All mix and match (the sizes are all the same)…

Free Motion Quilted pumpkinNOW you are READY TO GO!

Pick one from each pile and iron all three layers… (I don’t recommend ironing all the fabrics at once–they stitch best when ironed just before stitching…)

You only have 20 minutes to quilt you say?

I can’t wait to see what YOU do in 20 minutes!

(For  ideas and inspiration…check out the entire library of free motion quilt tutorials…)

Happy Stitches,

Lori

You might also like other posts in this series:

Build a Rock Solid Routine for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine Supply List for FMQ

Build a Rock Solid Routine:  Machine Set up for FMQ

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

Free Motion Quilted pumpkin