Open Line Friday–Do YOU Stabilize Your Quilts?

Nine Patch QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday!  Everyone asks….Everyone Answers!

We have more than 10,000 experts from all areas of quilting and great minds don’t always think alike!

(BTW…I want to thank (and curse) all of you for your help on my English Paper Piecing questions.  Great advice and links for me to follow…for hours into the night!–If you missed it, check out the comments English Paper Piecing HERE.)

STABILIZING

Today I would like to hear YOUR ideas on stabilizing,

What works for YOU…what doesn’t….

Do YOU stabilize your quilts before you begin free motion quilting?

Please join the discussion!

MY STABILIZING METHOD

After the quilt is layered and basted…

(I used Warm and White Cotton batting for this quilt because it has white blocks and I didn’t want to discolor with a darker batting.)
Warm and White Batting,

I like to stitch in the ditch along the major blocks using a fine weight thread-so the stitching line is almost invisible.

Read all about Stabilizing Quilts HERE

Nine Patch QuiltStabilizing is adding another type of basting–only it is not removed.
Nine Patch QuiltTHE ADVANTAGE OF STABILIZING

Once the quilt is stabilized it can be quilted in any order.  You don’t have to quilt it from the center out.  Also, as you are scrunching and moving the quilt the layers can’t shift.  Nine Patch QuiltThis is one of my favorite things….
Nine Patch Quilt

A blank canvas…ready for quilting!!!

What about YOU?

Do YOU stabilize your quilts?

What is YOUR method?

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!

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Tulip: The Movie!

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting, TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!

I’m a movie star!  Well…at least my hands are…

Tulip Time is appearing at The BERNINA USA Facebook Theater!

Read the movie synopsis on page 104 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 HERE

The plot was first revealed here at The Inbox Jaunt (with step-by-step photos).

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting, TutorialTulip Time is one of my favorite motifs.  This easy motif is a very versatile actor and can serve as a border, a double border or fill a square block by stitching the flowers along the diagonal axes of the block.  (see page 105).

So pop yourself a little popcorn and watch this quick movie short before heading off to YOUR sewing room!

I’m off to makeup, dahlings,

Affectionately,

Lori L’AmourDorothy Lamour

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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Spring Quilt-a-Long–All in ONE Place!

Machine Quilting, HST and Border Sampler, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

My sampler is complete!  Is YOURS?

I hope you will make this little quilt.  It was designed to help you walk through all the steps  you would go through if you were making a full size quilt–piecing, layering, stabilizing, design, and quilt.

We also learned how to stitch four different half square triangle motifs as well as three border motifs.
Machine Quilting, HST and Border Sampler, Lori Kennedy

MAKING THE QUILT TOP

Lesson One:  A New Quilt-a-Long

Lesson Two:  Stitching The Half Square Triangles

Lesson Three:  Creating HST with Triangles on a Roll

Lesson Four:  Piecing the Top

Lesson Five:  Borders and Layering

Lesson Six:  Stabilizing

QUILTING MOTIFS

Lesson Seven:  HST-Basic Stitching of Half Square Triangles

Lesson Eight:  HST-X marks the Spot

Lesson Nine: Half Square Flowers

Lesson Ten: Half Square Suns

Lesson Eleven:  Fabulous Flower Borders

Lesson Twelve:  Double Loop Vine Borders

Lesson Thirteen :  Tulip Borders

Machine Quilting, HST and Border Sampler, Lori KennedyIf you wanted to make a larger quilt– scale everything larger–make the rows six inches wide and much longer…

The process is the same, just larger.

The motifs are the same, just larger.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN?

I hope this was a helpful quilt-a-long….

I have another one in the sketchbook!

What did YOU learn?  What was helpful?  What could we a little different next time?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  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!

PPS…For step by step photos of all of these motifs and many more…see Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.  Signed copies available at my Etsy shop HERE.

Machine Quilting 1-2-3, Lori Kennedy

 

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