Sewer, Seamstress, Sewist? Open Line Friday

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

Notice how I avoid the words sewer and sewist?

Even when I write the tutorials, I avoid the word “sew” and use “stitch” instead.

I really don’t like the word “sewer” –it looks like plumbing when it’s written.

For a long time I hated the word “sewist“–it’s just a made up word–not even in the dictionary!  Furthermore, whenever you type “sewist” it auto-corrects to “sexist“….

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Saturdays were a real dilemma…

Should it be “Drain Pipes in Fine Art

or

Ruining the Language in Fine Art”?

I settled for the clunky,  “Seamstresses in Fine Art”

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

I must admit I’m softening to the word “Sewist”…

Scissors have given way to rotary cutters, treadle machines to sewing computers, and quilters no longer create blankets made of old clothes…

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Languages evolve too!

New words like: emoji, selfie and vape (smoking an e-cigarette) have been Oxford’s Words of the Year for the past three years.

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Perhaps it’s better to be “on trend” than a “fossil”!

What do YOU think?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching, Tailoring, Quilting, Sewing, Vaping, Texting…

Lori

PS…The Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-Long begins next week.  If you are out shopping–just pick up 1/4 yard of solid fabric–in any shade of red, blue, turquoise…no more hints until next week!–other than it’s going to be FABULOUS!!!!

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!

Quilting The Big Quilt-Baskets

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

As you know, I spent most of last week in Denver filming my second Craftsy video.

It’s taken me a few days to wade through the piles of laundry and now I’m digging in to a long overdue project.

This birthday quilt is for my sister, Pat (Hi, Pat!)  and was created by my Mom, sisters, Pat’s daughters and a few sewing sisters.

I’m so excited to get started on it and give it the time it deserves!

WHERE TO BEGIN – THE BIG QUILT

My Mom always said, “When you don’t know where to begin, just begin!”

It’s amazing how often I say that to myself!

I am often subject to “paralysis by analysis”…I don’t know what I want to do, so I don’t do anything…

Most of the time, the best thing I can do is “just begin”.

STABILIZING THE QUILT

Begin quilting the stabilization lines.

Every quilt needs to be stabilized.

In this quilt, I began stabilizing around the borders (see Ann Petersen’s Craftsy Class:  Big Quilts, Small Machine, Better Results)  Ann’s theory is that the borders are the most important area to keep straight and that if your quilt is well basted, you can stabilize the borders first and ease the center.  This is a very reasonable theory to me, so I’m giving it a whirl on this quilt.  (PS…Ann also does a great job demonstrating how to spray baste a large quilt!)

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

BONDING WITH YOUR QUILT

Once I stabilized the entire quilt-borders and blocks– I stitched each basket.

To do this, I stitched very close to each of the handles and in the ditch of every triangle.

So far, this has taken 7-1/2 hours.  I’m not in any rush—I am bonding with the quilt!

While I stitch all the stabilization, I am starting to get a feel for the fabric and the motifs and am thinking about possible ways to quilt it.  

The ideas are flowing now….

More ideas than if I stared at the quilt for 7-1/2 hours!  It’s amazing!

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NEXT STEPS-TIME TO DOODLE!

Now that I have some ideas, I will trace the basket and make several copies of it in my sketchbook and doodle a few options

What about YOU?

How do YOU bond with your quilts?  Where do you start when you don’t know where to start?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!