My Sewing Room This Week

Good Morning, Quilters!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my sewing room and posted this photo of my sewing room:

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

At the time, I admitted the other half of the room was less serene.

My friend, Tracy Mooney from Generation Q Magazine challenged me to show the rest…

This is very hard for me…

Don’t judge…though I know you will…(I’m feeling very judgmental about it right now!)

The book cases are leftovers from my daughter’s college dorms…(I’d rather buy fabric?)

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

As you can see, focus is somewhat of an issue….

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Well, they say that admitting we have a problem is the first step….

I’m calling the carpenter TODAY!

What about YOU?  Are you willing to share a photo of your sewing room right now?

Are YOU a focused quilter?

Share on Instagram at #realsewingrooms @theinboxjaunt

Happy, Cluttered Sewing!

Lori

PS…Don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN my second Craftsy video, Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design HERE

And check out their new line of gorgeous solids on sale HERE!—I just ordered several 10 inch square packs…

 

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.  This blog contains affiliate links.  Thanks!

 

Quilt-A-Long Week 2: Stabilize, Mark and Begin Stitching

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s time to begin our Second Annual Mystery Quilt-a-Long!

Read all of the instructions first.

If necessary, draw the composition on notebook paper first.

WEEK ONE RE-CAP and a CHANGE

Last week I asked you to collect a fat quarter of solid fabric in aqua, blue or red and a backing fabric in a nautical theme and create a quilt sandwich with your choice of batting.

I also asked you to mark a rectangle…  here is where the change comes in…DON’T MARK YOUR FABRIC YET!

I’ve re-written the tutorial to allow more room for error….let’s call it “wiggle room”.

We are going to do the marking together.

(If you have already marked your fabric…just follow along, you will just make a small change at the end…

HORIZONTAL COMPOSITION

In my first Craftsy video, Divide and Conquer-Creative Machine Quilting, we learned six compositional styles to divide quilts or blocks into manageable sizes for quilting.

This quilt is a Horizontal Composition.

The basic layout is below:

We will stitch 14 rows of motifs.

Each of the rows are 1 inch apart except Row 8 is 4 inches and Row 2 is 2 inches.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Drawing the OUTLINE–bottom and sides only:

Draw the following lines onto your fabric:

  1. Draw a line 1-1/2 inch above the bottom edge of your fabric.
  2. Draw the left side line 1-1/4 inch in from the left edge of the fabric.
  3. Draw the right side line 1-1/4 inch in from the right edge of the fabric.
  4. The top line will be added as we draw the quilting lines.

NOTE-The Width of the quilt is not important.

The distance between the two sidelines will be around 15-1/2 inches…don’t fuss if it’s smaller or larger.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Continue Drawing (The Quilting Spaces)

Working from the bottom line, add the lines following the chart.

Use a one inch stencil or any ruler and your favorite marking pen-(I like chalk)

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Your top line should be around 2 inches below the top edge of the fabric.  (Mine was 2-1/2 inches…but if the fabric was only 21 inches–yours may be smaller)

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

 

STABILIZE THE OUTER BORDER

Once the quilt is marked, use a matching color thread to stitch the outlines.  This stabilizes the quilt.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

To stabilize your quilt, stitch each long, vertical border–knotting off in between.

Stitching long, straight lines are difficult to free motion quilt–

Either add a walking foot and straight line stitch or stitch a slightly wavy line...(that’s what I always do!)

Sailboat Sampler, Lori KennedyAfter stitching both  vertical borders…

Sailboat Sampler, Lori KennedyStitch the short, horizontal borders.

NOTE-I don’t recommend that you stitch all the way around in one path around the rectangle as this will cause the layers to twist and create ripples in the quilting–trust me, I know these things….

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

START STITCHING

Choose a decorative thread in a contrasting color.  I recommend a heavier weight thread — 30 or 40 wt in Rayon, cotton or polyester.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

In Row One and Row Fourteen-Stitch Beginner Loops

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

Stitch Row One Loops downward

and Row 14- Upward Loops.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy

STEPS

  1. Press a fat quarter quilt sandwich.
  2. Mark the sidelines and bottom line.
  3. Mark the quilting lines, creating the top line.
  4. Stabilize the quilt by stitching the sides then the top and bottom using matching thread.
  5. Stitch Beginner Loops in Row 1 and Row 14.
  6. Place your right hand on your left shoulder.  Pat, pat, pat…Cheers!

ENTER TO WIN

Don’t forget to enter Craftsy’s Giveaway contest to win my second class, Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Quilt.

The Winner will be announced on Monday, April 11 when the class goes “live”!

Happy Quilting!

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.  This blog contains affiliate links.  Thanks!

 

Craftsy Giveaway!

Lori Kennedy, Craftsy Set

Good Morning Quilters!

My second Craftsy class, Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design goes LIVE next Monday!

Good news–YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN-JUST SIGN IN HERE!!!

Lori Kennedy, Doodle to Design,Craftsy

My first class, Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting has been given all FIVE STAR REVIEWS!

Here’s what one reviewer wrote: Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 12.26.12 PMWell, Darla…here’s another!

While Divide and Conquer focused on how to break down quilts and blocks with different compositional styles…

Doodle to Design emphasizes doodling, creating your Personal Motif Library, and includes more than 50 motifs-doodled and demonstrated!

Each lesson ends with everyone’s favorite–A TRUNK SHOW!
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Of course…more techniques, inspiration and ideas, too!

Don’t wait!  Sign in NOW– RIGHT HERE!

While you are there…check out Craftsy’s new line of fabrics, Boundless,  gorgeous solids at a great price point!  (As you know, I LOVE solids–they let our creative free motion quilting sing!)

I hope YOU WIN!

TOMORROW–Have your Quilt-a-long fabrics ready-we’re going to start stitching!!

Feeling Lucky,

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.   This blog contains promotional links.  Thank YOU!