Quilt Kits–Yea or Nay?

Vintage Quilting, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Let’s get right into it….

What’s YOUR opinion on quilt kits?Vintage Quilting, LKennedy

I’m of two minds…

Sometimes I think– Why re-invent the wheel?  When you’re drawn to a quilt because it is perfect…why not just buy the kit?

Vintage Quilting, LKennedy

On the other hand, if someone has already made the perfect quilt (and created the pattern) —why copy?–why not try to be original?

Vintage Quilting, LKennedy

I have made several “kit quilts”.  Here are my criteria:

  1. I will buy a kit when I am learning a new technique (like the Baltimore Album quilt-Friends of Baltimore project I am working on).  For this quilt, I wanted to focus on learning complex appliqué and not on choosing fabrics, etc.
  2. I will buy a kit if it requires a lot of fabric that I don’t normally keep in my stash. (Wool or 30’s for example.)
  3. I will buy a kit when it’s on sale–even if I am not sure if  I will make it.  (Impulse buy–not smart–don’t do this!)
  4. I will buy a kit when I don’t want to think too much but I want to be assured of good results…perhaps for a quilt retreat weekend.

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What about YOU?  Do you ever buy quilt kits?  Do you prefer kits?  How do you decide?

Do you have any links to fun kits?  (I’m an enabler…–so much for The Big Three!)

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitches!

Lori

PS…This entire post is a grand justification for me just purchasing The Gravity Kit here…Anyone want to play along??? (Guilt loves company!)-

–My sister made me do it (Criteria Excuse #5)

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

Doodle a Pumpkin!

Pumpkin DoodlesGood Morning, Quilters!

  “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion”

–Henry David Thoreau

(I wonder if Mr. Thoreau ever saw the  gorgeous velvet pumpkins available now—I’d like to see the philosophical pretzel twisting to decide where to sit then!?)

Our friend, Andrea has a pumpkin tutorial HERE — now where to find some velvet???

We couldn’t have a week of pumpkins without a little doodling….

HOW TO DOODLE A PUMPKIN

It’s EASY– pumpkins are so irregular in nature–one simply can’t go wrong!

Pumpkin DoodlesBegin by drawing an oval.

On either side of the oval, attach an elongated letter “C” and a reverse letter “C”.

Pumpkin DoodlesNow add another “C” and reverse “C”–this time draw the “C’s” a little taller.

Pumpkin Doodles

Add a stem…

Pumpkin DoodlesAnd quilt  doodle as desired!
Pumpkin DoodlesDon’t stop at one…Pumpkin DoodlesWhen you’re finished doodling–Quilt a pillow…

and ENTER TO WIN  the Free Motion Quilt Challenge for October at QuiltShopGirl…

I’d LOVE it–if an Inbox “Jaunter” won!–There are so many great prizes!

From Stillwater to Sleepy Hollow–

Happy Quilting!

Lori

NOTE-The background quilt is one of my daughter’s college quilts–heavily quilted and ULTRA SOFT!

More photos to come…

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

Tuesday Tutorial-The Pumpkin Pin Cushion

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!

We have a different sort of “Tuesday Tutorial” today…I was waylaid by Halloween and a wonderful tutorial offered at Fiskars for an adorable pumpkin pin cushion.  After making several pumpkins, I made a few changes to make it easier and add a bit more detail.

So today I offer my own version:Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Most of the supplies are things you have right in your sewing room…

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialBegin by cutting 4 inch squares of orange fabric.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialFor each pumpkin you will need eight squares.Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose 4 squares for the bottom and stitch the 4-patch.
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialPress the seams open.Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose 4 squares for the top of the pumpkin.

This is going to be stitched a little differently…
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialFor the second seam in the 4 patch, leave an opening.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialThis seam is left open for stuffing the top of the pumpkin.

WHY?

The original pattern recommended leaving an opening in the circle for stuffing the pumpkin, however, it is very difficult to slip stitch this seam neatly (see below)…

We can hide the slipstitching in the center top of the pumpkin with leaves and stem!

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Place the 4-patches, right sides together and trace a circle for stitching.

Vary the diameter of the circle from 4 inches to 7-1/2 inches for a variety of pumpkins.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Stitch the entire circle.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Trim the excess.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Add lavender if you like…(I always do!)

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Slipstitch the top of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose a heavy weight thread like Aurifil cotton 12 wt to create the contours in the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Stitch on the seam lines pulling gently into the center.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

 

Then divide the pumpkin into eight sections.  Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialNow comes the FUN PART!!!

Free motion quilt a few leaves, echo stitching three times around the outer edge.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialCut closely around the leaves, leaving a little stem on the bottom for fastening onto the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Use two or three leaves per pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Tack the leaves in place.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialAnother FUN PART…

Go for a walk and find some gnarly sticks and vines (I found a grape vine with dried twisty vines)

Or use a cinnamon stick…

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialUse a hot glue gun to attach the stems.
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialI promise, you won’t want to stop with two…

Don’t worry…these adorable pumpkins make great table decorations, pin cushions, gifts….

Then we can try them in red…

Next week:  A FREE MOTION quilt Tuesday Tutorial–Promise!

Happy Stitching from my Pumpkin Patch to YOURS!

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