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!

Published!

180 Doodle Quilting Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back at my desk (and my sewing machine) after two wonderful weeks with Baby Louis–my new grandson!  So grateful to my daughter, Claire and her husband, Andy for sharing this time with me!

When I arrived at home…a box of books!!!

Four of my doodle designs were chosen for 180 Doodle Quilting Designs by Karen Burns (Martingale)

BTW-Martingale is publishing my book of designs (in Tuesday Tutorial style with step-by-step photos) Spring, 2017!

180 Doodle Quilting DesignsThe book (printed on my favorite glossy book paper) contains designs by nine quilters including Karen Burns, Angela Walters, Christa Watson and YOU-Know-Who!!

Each design is offered in three formats:  for a square block, a triangle block and for a border.   I just know you’re going to LOVE this book!

Buy it from your local quilt shop or use my Amazon Affiliate link—HERE

180 Doodle Quilting Designs

IN OTHER BOOK NEWS….

My book is in the works–all the tutorials are stitched (I had to re-stitch every tutorial so they’d be color-coordinated.)

I’ve been working with the editors to get all the copy and captions written and next week they start taking the real photos and doing layout!!

It’s SO COOL to be published!

I’m off to the post office….mailing copies to my Mom and Sisters….

Then to my sewing machine…I can’t wait to test drive the motifs in 180 Doodle Quilting Designs!

LOTS MORE QUILTING ALL WEEK!

May YOUR day be filled with creativity!

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!