Need a First Class Teacher’s Gift?

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

Good Morning, Quilters!

Have you gotten a few steps in this morning?

Or…do you have a plan for later today?  Give yourself a deadline for getting your step goal–try to make it early in the day so you will feel relaxed when you make it to your sewing room.

COMPOSITIONAL STYLES-

In my first Craftsy Class, Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting, I discussed “Compositional Styles”–six ways to divide a quilt or a quilt block to create a balanced composition and then add the motifs to fill in the divided space.

The Sailboat Sampler -Mystery Quilt-a-Long that we have been stitching is an example of a Horizontal Composition.  The block or quilt is divided into horizontal rows and then quilted.  The rows do not have to be evenly spaced-in fact it’s more interesting if they are not.

FIRST CLASS QUILT

This quilt was designed for a favorite teacher and will be given as a gift.

It is also a Horizontal Composition.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

First I choose the motifs:

The Perfect Pencil

The Delicious Apple

The Apple Core

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Then I divided the quilt into rows to accommodate the motifs.  Next, I added a few small rows for Spirals.

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After quilting the rows, I decided to fill in the background with what I think of as “hyper quilting”….it’s not a real term, just a lot of echo stitching and filling in between the motifs with a thread that blends into the background.

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

Machine Quilting, Teachers, Motifs, Pencils, Apple, Worm

What about YOU?  Are YOU a teacher?  Do YOU have a favorite teacher?

Do you think you could tackle a Horizontal Composition with YOUR favorite motifs?  (50% at Craftsy HERE)

Summer is just around the corner…these are the hardest days for teachers…

Happy Horizontal Stitching,

Lori

PS….Have YOU taken either of my Craftsy classes?  If so, PLEASE consider writing a review–it really can make a difference…

If you haven’t…well, it’s time to treat yourself!

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!

The Sailboat Sampler-Machine Quilting Quilt-a-Long

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

The Mystery Quilt is no longer a mystery…it is a Sailboat Sampler!

Today we add the Sailboats and the Clouds and next week we add some finishing touches.

Let’s jump right in!

Let’s remark the lines–

Draw a line 1-1/4 inches above the top of the Scallops.

Draw another line 3/4 inch below The Paperclips.

Divide the large Row into four rectangles using the no-measure method we used last week.

Finally, add a line down the center of each of the rectangles–this will be the line for the Sailboat masts.

SailboatSampler.LoriKennedy001Begin stitching on the lower line.  Stitch a wavy line and then stitch the back of the boat.

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Stitch straight up the mast.  Add a small triangle flag.

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Stitch a large triangle sail.

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Stitch a curved line to create the left side of the sail.  Then echo stitch the mast to the top.

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Add two more triangles (or one large one) on the left side of the mast.

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Stitch down and then create the front of the ship.

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Stitch forward and create a small curl.

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Stitch a wavy line to create the bottom of the boat.

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Stitch forward, under the wavy line.  Continue stitching a wavy line into the next rectangle to begin the next Sailboat.
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Continue stitching all four Sailboats.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

To add the Clouds…

Begin stitching just above the Sail on the first Sailboat.

Stitch scallops around the boat.

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Connect the Clouds between each rectangle.

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Echo stitch the entire row to add more emphasis to this line.

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FABULOUS!!!!

Wasn’t that easy!?  One Row at a time…Minutes per week…Slow and Steady!

Next week–the finishing touches!

Sailing, Sailing Away….

Ahoy!

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!

High Fives and Enter to Win–Hurry!

Pink Gym Shoes

Good Morning, Quilters, Movers and Shakers!

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? 

Or were outside gardening, walking or just moving more for #theinboxjaunts  very own Run for the Roses challenge to #losethosefatquarters!

ENTER TO WIN

Our challenge last week was threefold:

If you did those things…and reporting to the group was not mandatory….

Please give me a HIGH FIVE!!! in the comment section to enter a lottery to win the beautiful rose quilt!

WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN at 12:00 noon CST on May 10, 2016.  

You can simply comment: “High Five”  or tell us what worked for YOU this week.

Rose quilt, Aurifil thread

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE:

Reassess your goals….

If you weren’t able to reach your goals last week, will you be able to change your schedule this week and try again?

Or do you need to make your goals a little more achievable and try again?

 

On the other hand, if you achieved your goals, you can either repeat them this week or add a goal.

Pink Gym Shoes

The most  important thing:  Make goals that are easily achievable!

Success leads to more success!  

Let’s keep moving to keep quilting!

Signed,

Lori-No-Excuses-Kennedy

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!