The Gift Tree

 

Gift Tree, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

TWO WAYS TO WRAP

On Tuesday, we stitched The Pretty Packages tutorial–a modern way to wrap a package.  This tutorial was a variation of The Perfect Present free motion quilt tutorial we stitched last year.

Today, I would like to re-visit a quilt I stitched using The Perfect Present motif.

MORE QUILTING….ALWAYS MORE QUILTING?

Earlier this year, we all agreed that my Floral Applique was in need of bit more quilting.

When I pulled this quilt out this year, I thought it might benefit from a few background Snowflakes (tutorial HERE)

Gift Tree, Free Motion Quilting

I decided to use Sulky’s Silver Metallic thread to create a bit of “dazzle”…

This flat, polyester thread has a beautiful, reflective shine.  It looks just like snow!

Gift Tree, Free Motion Quilting

To use specialty metallic threads:

  • Size 90 Topstitch needle
  • Lower the top tension significantly
  • Cotton in the bobbin
  • SLOW DOWN!

Gift Tree, Free Motion QuiltingIn addition, I added straight line stitching in green Aurifil cotton 50 wt thread.  This adds texture without adding more color.

Gift Tree, Free Motion Quilting

STILL MORE?

Now that I look at this on the computer screen, I wonder if I should add horizontal lines to the entire background, not just the lower area?   It would look like plaid….

What do YOU think?

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

 

Christmas Doodles

Xmas.FMQ.Doodles.LKennedy002It’s a busy week…Just a quick reminder to take time for a little creativity

and don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN the Christmas Tree Sampler Quilt and MORE.

Drawing closes tomorrow evening.  Winner announced on Friday.

Christmas, Free motion quiltingGood luck!

From Santa’s Sewing Studio,

Lori

 

 

 

The Pretty Packages Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesTHE GIVEAWAY CONTINUES

Happy Tuesday, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  I hope you have all had time to enter THE HUGE Giveaway–Including The Christmas Tree Quilt, Kona fabric by Robert Kaufman, Sulky thread and a copy of American Quilter magazine featuring “My Line…”  Read yesterday’s post for all the details HERE.

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS

By now (I hope) much of the Christmas shopping is complete and all you have to do is cook and clean and decorate and…

Wrap Packages!  Pretty Packages!

Well let’s get started…

THE PRETTY PACKAGE FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines or “rails” to keep the packages tidy.

In the tutorial below, the lines are two inches apart.  Any spacing will work.

Begin stitching on the bottom line and stitch a square or rectangle.  Stitch up the first side of the package to the middle.  (Stitch right ON the previous line of stitching–it is offset here for demonstration purposes only.)

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch horizontally into the center of the package and stop.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch vertically to the top line, then back to the bottom line, then back to the center.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch two loops on either side of the center line to create the bow.

Free Motion Quilting-Packages

 

Stich two curved lines to create the ties.  Return to the center of the package.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesStitch to the right side of the package and up to begin the next package.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesTo create an overlap, stitch up the side of the box and across the top a short way.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesThen begin the next box.

Free Motion Quilting-Packages A row of packages would make a very pretty border…

Or stack the packages to fill a large area.

Free Motion Quilting-PackagesLater this week we will re-visit an old quilt that includes a different package shape…

Lot’s more quilting in 2014!

From Santa’s Wrapping Workshop,

Your Happy Wrapper, (emphasis on the W–I’m too old for the other…)

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