Fishy-A Work in Progress

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been fishing in my sewing room!

It was a rainy day in Minnesota and a golden opportunity to finish this cheery fish project.

I pulled out my palette of 30wt cotton threads...(Check out Sulky’s Sale HERE for the best prices.)

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

After stabilizing, I stitched around each of the fish and added a circle border using Sulky 30 wt cotton (Topstitch 90 needle).

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

Then I chose a variegated thread for the watery background. (Sulky 30wt cotton-Cotton Blendables)

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

I got a good start on the center…

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

NOTE–When you want your quilting design to show–use heavy weight thread (40wt or 30wt) in a contrasting color.

When you want the design to blend into the background, use lighter weight thread (50wt or 60wt) in a matching color.

FMQ, Fish, Lori Kennedy

I should have it done by the weekend…

What about YOU?

What are you stitching?

What are YOUR favorite threads?

We’d LOVE to hear!

I’d rather be 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.  Thanks.

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The Perfect Pear-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

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Good Morning, Quilters!

Bosc, Bartlett, Anjou…What’s YOUR favorite pear?

We’ve stitched several variations of apples–

The Sweetheart Apple

The Delicious Apple

and ‘A’ is for Apple

But the fall fruit bowl wouldn’t seem right without a pear or two.

THE PERFECT PEAR-A FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Begin by drawing a rectangle.  In the sample shown here, the rectangle is 2-1/2 inches by 3 inches.

Begin stitching along the bottom line.  Stitch a wavy line to the center of the bottom line.  Then stitch a shallow “C”.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Stitch the neck of the pear and swirl in on the top.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Add a short stem and a simple leaf.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Stitch the neck of the pear.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Stitch the right side of the pear, curling in to the center of the pear.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

Echo stitch the curl and stitch under the pear to begin the next motif in the row.

FMQ, Pears, Tutorial

The Perfect Pear!

Wouldn’t this motif be adorable on a table runner or kitchen towel!?

Or on the border of a fall quilt?

What about YOU?

Remember–Doodle First!

 

Happy Five-a-Day!

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!