Sticks and Stones-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to yesterday’s post,  Published!

Being part of 180 Doodle Quilting Designs was really exciting…Now I can’t wait to see my tutorials in print–the Tuesday Tutorial way Spring, 2017!

Today we have a great grid design.  It would be a great background or texture for any quilt.  We will stitch this by marking a grid, but it could easily be adapted for stitching a patchwork quilt–using the blocks as the grid.

STICKS AND STONES-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Use any grid to mark your fabric.

I chose a one-inch grid and marked my fabric with a Clover chalk wheel.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The grid is from The Stencil Company.

When you draw the grid, think of four squares together as one “block”.  This will make more sense as we go along.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching in the corner.  Stitch a straight line, stopping short of the intersection of the “block”

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a circle–one and 1/2 revolutions.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the corner of the first block.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin the next block:  stitch a straight line, ending before the center of the block.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a circle, one and 1/2 revolutions.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue until the first row is complete, then stitch down the side.  Stitch down two squares (one block).

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue until all the rows in one direction are complete.

Your quilt should look like this:

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Then begin stitching perpendicular to the first set of rows.

As you reach the circle, stitch on the previous line of stitching.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Drop down on the sidelines like before.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch all the rows in the same manner.

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The design begins to take shape!

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

This fills a quilt rather quickly!

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

HOW TO USE STICKS AND STONES, MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

I could imagine a large pillow or a small quilt with nothing but this texture!

Think about all the thread and fabric color combinations.

This was stitched on Kona cotton (Robert Kaufman) with my fave, Sulky Rayon 40wt (with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin)…

Wouldn’t silk or linen or wool fabric look great–with wool or heavy weight cotton thread…

Hmmm…I think I have some silk somewhere….

Sticks and Stones, Machine quilting, tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Sew many ideas…sew little time!

Happy Sewing!

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!

16 thoughts on “Sticks and Stones-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

  1. I have used so many of your motifs on quilts. This would have been perfect for a quilt I finished last week. Fortunately for me, there’s another top to be quilted where this design will work perfectly! Thank you – again. 🙂

  2. I love your blog but don’t get to see it everyday. So how would I go back from this one and look at your posts over the last week or two from the point where I last got to visit?
    I can’t figure it out. Thanks
    And how do we send you a picture?

    Happy Sewing

    • You should be able to scroll to the bottom of each blog post and find “previous”. Or put the date in the search bar. Send photos to my email Lckennedy @hotmail .com. Label “the inbox jaunt”

  3. Thanks so much for your tutorials, I am beginning to feel that I can learn to FMQ. I am working on a simple brick quilt, need to decide how to quilt those brick rectangles.

  4. Congratulations on being published and I can’t wait till your book is out next year! Do you always use a Clover chalk wheel to mark lines or do you use other markers as well?

    • I only use the wheel for straight lines. It’s not great for anything else. I also like the white ceramic pencils by Sewline and Fons and Porter and the Dritz chalk holder.

  5. Hi from Stonehaven, Scotland. ? I’m so pleased to have found your blog. I have not long started FMQ and really enjoying it except for one thing… I am having real problems with tension. I have a Bernina 750QE and use Gutermann Cotton Thread in top and spool. This works fine. I tried using Isacord 40 but cant get the tension right and I’ve also tried Aurifil 50/2 and again I can’t get the tension right. If I use different colours top and bottom, the colour comes through to the top. Sometimes there are no definite stitches, just what looks like a straight line. Underneath, I just know that if one stitch gets cut the whole lot is going to unravel!! Everyone raves about Isacord but it is driving me nuts. I would love to use different threads. Would you have any suggestions as to what I might try? Do you adjust your tension? I love that you say which threads you are using but I know that it I tried them, my tension would be off!

    I love all your FMQ patterns and am definitely going to give them a go!

    Thank you, sun shining here in Stonehaven today. Have a great day.?

    Doris x

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