May I Recommend?….The BIG Practice Sandwich!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 is on its way!!! Some of you may even have received YOUR copy!!!

I can’t wait to hear what YOU think!!!

And even more…I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

MAY I RECOMMEND….

When you open up YOUR book and a motif starts singing YOUR name...

Get right to your sewing machine!

Sit right next to your  machine and doodle...

Then stitch the motif!

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Don’t do what I have done way too often…

Don’t practice on small scrap sandwiches

Quilt Practice Sandwiches

Make yourself one BIG quilt sandwich.

As big as you can manage comfortably–45 inch square??

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Practice all the motifs and try new things on one BIG QUILT SANDWICH.

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished…you’ll have a big piece of quilted fabric to fashion into something else:

  • Quilt
  • Market Bag
  • Pillow
  • Drawer Liner

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Look for YOUR copy of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 at your Local Quilt Store-

I just heard fromBear Patch Quilting Co in White Bear Lake, MN--They have copies in stock!

Autographed books are available from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop

And Amazon has print and Kindle copies ready to ship…

Quilting, Practice Sandwich, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU…from the bottom of my heart…

For all of your kind words, support and enthusiasm!!!

And for sharing my passion!

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!!!

ILOVEFMQ

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!

The Caboose-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Today we are finishing our Circus Train with The Caboose

1-2-3 Caboose!  1-2-3 Caboose ( A game we used to play to pass time while waiting for loooong trains in Chicago!)

You can find the Circus Train Engine HERE

and The Coal Car HERE

FREE MOTION MACHINE QUILTING 1-2-3

Before we get started…I want to say a big “Thank you” to Sandy from Hissyfitz Designs for reviewing  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3  

Read “You NEED This Book!”  HERE

An excerpt:

Sandy is a pattern designer, appliqué teacher and a fellow BERNINA Ambassador.  (Teapot collectors:  be sure to check out her Teapot Quilt Pattern HERE)

Thank you, Sandy!

  Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 (Available  HERE on Etsy)

CABOOSE MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two lines 3 inches apart.  Add a line 3/4 inch above the bottom line.

Stitch two Silly Spirals, ending on the right side of the wheel.
Stitch over the wheel.   Stitch two to three stitches between the wheels and over the front wheel.   Circus Train, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch up and create a bumper….then stitch a straight line.  Add a rectangle.

Stitch an upper rectangle.

Stitch over and back to complete the top of the Caboose. Stitch to the left, and drop down to create a small window.Stitch a second rectangle window.

Stitch a straight line down to finish the Caboose.  

This would be an adorable border on ANY quilt!

Just a little doodling and lots of ways to personalize…

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….

I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I could, I THOUGHT I Could!

YOU can do this!!!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The InboxJaunt 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!

Batting-A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

Annie Smith Applique

Happy Monday, Quilters!

It was a busy weekend here–signing and shipping hundreds of copies of my new book–Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  You can still get an autographed copy from my Etsy shop HERE

It was great fun to see so many familiar names!!!

I LOVED reading the notes many of you left with your orders–Thank YOU!

I’ve heard a few of you have found copies at your Local Quilt Shop!  Woo hoo!  Have you started working your way through the motifs?  Are you skipping around?

A BATTING QUICK TIP

Several weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to quilt Annie Smith’s “Love is Spoken Here” quilts.  The quilts are to showcase her appliqué and her 28wt thread collection for Aurifil.

The 28 wt thread is perfect for appliqué–AND perfect for machine quilting! (See Love is Spoken Here thread collections)
Quilt Batting

OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

As you know, I usually quilt with white thread on  bright color fabrics–so this project was a fun stretch of my skills–and an opportunity to try new things.

One thing I learned….The white batting fibers really showed up on top of the quilt–and it was very difficult to clean.

Next time, I would use black batting for a black background quilt!

Quilt Batting

CONSIDER QUILT TOP FABRICS WHEN CHOOSING BATTING

Cotton batting has dark flecks which may show through on white or very light fabrics.

One side of the batting seems to have more flecks than the other–so just flipping the batting can make  a difference.

Quilt Batting

The other option is to use bleached white batting…

Quilt Batting

My two favorite battings are Warm and Natural cotton for art quilts because it is low loft.

And wool batting (it is washable) for bed quilts.  It quilts beautifully and is as soft as butter with time and use!

What about YOU?

What’s YOUR favorite batting?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!