A Busy Week in a Busy Year

As for many of you, this is a busy family week…

I am so grateful for our ever-growing family.

First it was just girls…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printThen we added a brother…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printIn May, we added a second son-in-law…

View More: http://madconjack1.pass.us/claire-and-andy-calcaterra-printSo now there are TEN..

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TEN Kennedys to add to the already sizable brood…

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Wishing YOU and YOUR family health and happiness this Thanksgiving!

Lori

PS…You might also like Peggy’s paper piecing pattern of The Bride at the Window HERE

 

 

 

The Cool Cat – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingAre YOU a Cool Cat or a Cool Cat-Lover?

If you love cats, today’s Tuesday Tutorial is for YOU.

Whether you choose to stitch a single cat in the center of each quilt block or stitch a clutter of cats along the border, this motif is sure to please all Cat Fans!

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing a circle head and an oval body.

In the sample below, the head is approximately one inch and the body is twice as big-two inches.

The quick sketch will help keep the cat proportional, but don’t fret about this too much–there are Fat Cats and Skinny Cats–everywhere.  It’s more fun to have cats with personality than cats that are perfect.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStart stitching at the top of the circle.  Stitch around the circle twice and stop at the top.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStitch two double triangles to create ears.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingNext stitch several stitches around the left side of the circle.

Stitch IN to the center of the circle.

Then stitch ON TOP OF those stitches and OUT of the circle.

Stitch over those stitches to end in the center. (IN-OUT-IN)

End in the center of the circle.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion Quilting

From the center point, stitch out and in five more times to create all the whiskers.

End in the middle of the cat’s face.

Finally, stitch out along one of the whiskers and around the head to begin stitching the cat’s body.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the cat’s body twice and  spiral into the center.

OR be creative here and stitch a flower or other design.

Stitch to the bottom of the oval and stitch two paws.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch to the right or the left to create the tail-a curved line and echo back to the bottom of the cat.

Now that’s one Cool Cat!

Stitch five more Cool Cats and you’ll have a clowder.

The Cool Cat, Free Motion QuiltingWouldn’t this motif look great along the bottom of a skirt or on a small pillow?

Make the cat much bigger by maintaining the proportions and adding more detail to the cat’s body–add a mouse or a ball of twine and you’ll have a small whole cloth quilt.

Or use The Cool Cat to tie YOUR next quilt.  (See Tying Quilts with Free Motion Quilting)

THANKS, BEA

Special thanks to our friend, Bea who provided the idea and inspiration to create The Cool Cat…she was persistent but patient!

Hope you have a ball with this new design!

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

 

Hedgehog Pin Cushion

Hedgehog Pin Cushion

A GREAT LITTLE GIFT

I love pincushions and this pin cushion makes me smile every time I use it.

It was a gift from my sister.

It’s nice to have sisters-especially sisters who know how to knit.  (I’ve never indulged.)

She found the pattern on Ravelry.

Hedgehog Pin CushionPerhaps YOU have a sister (or a sewing sister) who needs a little something…

If you don’t knit, you might like this pin cushion tutorial from early days of The Inbox Jaunt.

MORE PIN CUSHIONS?

What about YOU?  If you know of any great pin cushion tutorials, please leave a link in the “Comment” section.

 We’d love to hear!

Happy Pinning,

Lori

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PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of 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 purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!