What Makes a Quilt Timeless?–And an Assignment

Red and White Wedding Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

Several weeks ago, my sisters and I came across several boxes of old quilt magazine and books.  As we perused the magazines, we were struck by how dated many of the quilts appeared—not at all to our current taste.

The quilts were all well made quilts–after all they were featured in magazines and books-so that was not the problem….

It was the patterns and the colors and the fabrics…

So then we challenged ourselves to find quilts that we did like

The only common denominator–as in quilts we all agreed stood the test of time–was two color quilts–like red and white or blue and white quilts.

Hmmm….

Will OUR quilts stand the test of time?  Do we care if they do?

Can YOU help my sisters and I figure out the secret sauce to timeless quilts?

 

Quilting the Double Wedding Ring, Kennedy

YOUR ASSIGNMENT this week:

Go through your Quilt Notebook: The Unfinished Project Page or box of UFOs…

Are there any partially completed quilts that are two color quilts?  Perhaps they deserve more consideration as a priority quilt?

Are there any quilt tops or UFOs that are already outdated?  Perhaps it’s time to let go…

You might want to alter your Big Three–The Quilt Notebook:  Setting Priorites

Do YOU have time to make quilts that aren’t timeless??? 

What is Timeless to YOU?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Setting Priorities in my Quilting Life,

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!

 

Doodling Our Way to Feathers

 

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

We have more than 125 FREE step-by-step machine quilting tutorials here at The Inbox Jaunt.

However, there are two notable exceptions….

There is no tutorial for Stippling and Meandering…I’ve written about  Why So Many of Us Can’t Stipple or Meander HERE

And we don’t have a tutorial for quilted feathers…I LOVE feathers, but I have tried to stick with original tutorials.

However, I have heard YOUR requests…so this year I will add a few Feather Tutorials.

START WITH DOODLING

Like all motifs, good Feathers start with doodling.  So pour yourself a cup of tea and let’s doodle!

Start with The Sweep doodle tutorial HERE.

Quilt DoodlesKeep your pen moving  with Adding to The Sweep doodle tutorial.

Quilt Doodles

THE PRECURSOR TO FULL FEATHERS

Once you are comfortable with The Sweep we are ready to move on… learning the rounded part of feathers-The Curl.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

THE SWEEP AND CURL

As you sweep from the center line to the right line, curl around.

Practice for several minutes.

That may be enough for one doodling session.

Repeat this over several days.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Then add an echo line on the inside of the Sweep with Curl.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Take your time and don’t be discouraged if this takes many, many days.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

ADD THE LEFT SWEEP AND CURL

Once you are comfortable with the right Sweep and Curl, repeat the process on the left side.

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Next, connect the Sweep and Curls along the centerline.

Wouldn’t that be a nice Valentine’s Day motif?

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

FMQ, Doodles, Lori Kennedy

THIRTY DAY DOODLE CHALLENGE

Are you up for a challenge?  Doodle every day this month for 15 minutes–Your machine quilting will be greatly improved by March 1st–I GUARANTEE IT!!!

More quilting, doodling, photography, and a some exciting NEWS…

It’s going to be a FABULOUS FEBRUARY!

Lori

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Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Craftsy Title Card

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!