Make New Friends-Kelly Ashton

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

Good Morning, Quilters!

One of the best parts of being a BERNINA Ambassador is the people you meet…

And one of the nicest people I’ve met is the amazing, Kelly Ashton.

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy

Kelly is a passionate quilter who has been quilting since childhood.  She learned to sew in Home Economics and now sews on average 2-3 hours day and as many as sixteen hours!!!  At any given time, Kelly has 4-5 projects in process on her family of BERNINA sewing machines.  Her current machine is a BERNINA 780.

Kelly Ashton Quilt Book

Her specialty is precision piecing and she LOVES math!

Kelly’s book HERE  :Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork is filled with her patterns and tips and tricks for precision piecing.

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

Check out Kelly’s website Kellyquilter.com It’s filled with her wit and wisdom–be sure to watch her intro video–you really get a sense of her lovely personality.

 

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

One of Kelly’s most popular guild lectures is “Quilting is not a Matter of Life and Death….It’s more Important than That.”–exploring the value of quilting-making in the quality of many lives.

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

Kelly and I collaborated on these quilts.

She did the piecing of course…

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

It’s always fun to work out of the box…

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy, Quilts

And to Make New Friends!!!

Get Kelly’s  Craftsy Video HERE—25% OFF until April 11–The discount will be applied in the shopping cart.

What about YOU?

Have YOU made any new friends as a result of your quilting hobby?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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My New Sewing Studio

 

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last year, my friend Kimberley Einmo asked me to send her photos of my sewing room for a guild lecture she was preparing.  After much cleaning, I sent her a few sanitized photos like this:  (See more HERE)

I felt a little dishonest, because this serene setting was staged…

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

The rest of the sewing room looked like this:

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

SEWING ROOM TO SEWING STUDIO

For most of my sewing career, I have carved out a small space in my basements next to the laundry room to sew.  I always installed good lighting, but used a hodge- podge of boxes, shelves and banquet tables.

When we moved to Minnesota, I took the bonus room over the garage for my sewing area.  I just moved the mess right into my new space. For the first time, I was out of the basement and I had huge windows!  I just loved the room…

But now….

We’ve splurged on REAL SHELVES!!  and a REAL ISLAND!!!

There are shelves to hold my stencils and drawers for all my fabric.  Cabinets to hide my messy stuff and a huge island for cutting!

I even had two huge bulletin boards/design walls installed!

Now all they need is a few coats of paint!

More photos to come…

Floating on air,

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!

Carnations–A Machine Quilting Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

It is with great affection that I offer you a new flower motif…

The Carnation is the Flower of the month (Read more here)  Carnations symbolize love, admiration, affection, good luck and a mother’s undying love for her child.

The Carnation is the January birth month flower, the first wedding anniversary flower and the Ohio state flower.  It’s simple beauty and fragrant scent make it one of the most popular flowers worldwide.

And I know YOU are going to LOVE quilting this pretty motif!

THE CARNATION-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines equidistant apart.  Use any size that fits YOUR quilt.  In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch on the line several stitches then swoop to the right line.  Stitch on the right line several stitches then stop with the needle in the down position.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Taper slightly at the tip and echo stitch the swoop–back to the centerline.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch over to the left line and stitch on that line several stitches.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Echo stitch back to the centerline.  Stitch along the centerline several stitches.  (In the sample below, the distance between the pairs of leaves is approx 3/4 – 1 inch.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Stitch another set of leaves.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Add a third set of leaves.  Then stitch on the center line.  Add a small circle (stitch clockwise) to start the flower, then add a wavy line around the circle (stitching counter clockwise.)

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch direction at the stem ( do not crossover the stem)  Stitch clockwise to create another wavy line.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Switch directions at the stem, stitching clockwise, begin another wavy line…..

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

At the centerline, stop and stitch on the centerline to begin the next flower in the row.

NOTE-This creates an asymmetrical flower-but don’t worry–it still looks great!

Add as many rows of wavy line “petals” as is necessary to fill your border or background.

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

And as always—DOODLE FIRST!

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.”  —William Wordsworth

Happy Stitching our first Flower of the Month–The Carnation!

#flowersinwinter

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!