Halfway to Christmas-Open Line Friday

Poinsettias, PhotographyGood Morning, Quilters!

Do you realize we are just six months away from Christmas?

One of our readers mentioned that she is working on Christmas quilts for her guild already!  (Suzy Webster–you are amazing!)   I wish I could say I was that organized!

If you plan to make any quilts for Christmas, it’s not too soon to start! 

(Be sure to check out the Boundless fabric, kit, thread and supply sale at Craftsy today–Take advantage of the best prices of the summer using my affiliate link HERE!)

POINSETTIA

I was delighted on our recent trip to Hawaii to see Poinsettia growing in the wild!   As a Minnesota girl, I thought all Poinsettias were grown in containers wrapped in green and red foil for Christmas! (just kidding….)

This little Poinsettia quilt was one of my first quilts to “go viral”!

If YOU are stitching Christmas projects in June and July, you might like the Poinsettia tutorial HERE.

Poinsettia-Free Motion Quilting

OPEN LINE FRIDAY

Today is Open Line Friday–anyone asks…everyone answers!

You can ask anything…

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Poinsettias, Photography

One of our many experts will have answer!

What about YOU?  Are you quilting any Christmas projects?

Do YOU have a question?

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!

Doodle the Wind

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s a windy day here in Minnesota!

But the waves don’t stop the boaters out on our 10,000 lakes!

Let’s join the fun by doodling!

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Doodles:

The Wind

The Wave

perhaps YOU would like to add a Sailboat?

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

I doodled large Waves and Wind and then added closely spaced filler…

Be sure to check out the tutorials–there are some “tricks” to stitching these gorgeous motifs!!

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

I just had to splash it onto some fabric…

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Love it!   (looks a little odd with the Snowman in the upper right corner-LOL)

I think we’re onto something…

What about YOU?

What’s on YOUR doodle pad today?  Anything worth trying to stitch?

How’s the weather in your parts?

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!

Red, White and Blue-An Easy Block Pattern

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Some of you wanted to join me in my Late Night Quilting…Read more HERE  as I work on a quick and easy Red and White (with a little blue) quilt.  I hope to have this finished by the Fourth of July….(though I didn’t specify what year!)

This is an EASY quilt block!

First you have to “see” the block–that’s not so easy!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

It is difficult to see because the sashing between the blocks is a repeated element from inside the quilt block.

The block itself is a variation on The Shoo Fly block–a nine patch block.

(Does anyone know if this block has a name??)

The block is just four Half Square Triangles, with a center square and divided rectangles in between.

Easy cutting!  Easy Stitching!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

For each block: Cut two 5 inch solid red squares.  ( I used charm squares from Boundless, America the Brave Collection-35% OFF!!!-see my affiliate link HERE)

PS…Craftsy has a huge sale right now–pick up some Aurifil thread, too–it’s rare to find it at this price!!

Boundless America the Brave Collection

In addition, Cut two 5 inch squares from print fabric.  (Try to find fabric that has a white background for best contrast.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2 x 2-1/2 inches from a large print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2-2/12 inches from another large graphic print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-If all the rectangles will be of the same fabric–stitch 2-1/2 inch strips of each fabric together, press and then cut 2 inch sub cuts.  (Thanks, Judy!)

Cut one blue square:  2 x 2 inches.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

MAKE THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

With right sides together, layer the print squares on top of the solid red squares.

To mark the Half Square Triangles (HST)–use a ruler to mark the stitching lines

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Or mark the cutting line and use it to line up your presser foot for stitching.  (This is the method I usually use.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Stitch.  Cut apart. Press.

The HST will be slightly larger than what we need–trim to 4-1/2 inches.

For the most accuracy–I like this method the best–making the squares slightly larger, then trimming.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Lay out the pieces…

Stitch the blocks…

Trim the blocks to 10 inches

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Add sashing (same measurements)  between the blocks to create the quilt!

Red White Quilt, Lori Kennedy

I have not included every step…there is some work in between…

My quilt is a 9 patch–Nine blocks with sashing in between.  I’m going to add a solid red border so I can add Shining Star Quilting from last week’s tutorial.

Any Red and White Quilts in YOUR future?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Hurray!

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!