Autumn POP Quilt

POP Quilting, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Yesterday we talked about Pop Quilting-– a term I use to describe the machine quilting technique of alternating high density quilting with areas that are unquilted.  The areas that are unquilted become a focal point.

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I received several requests to show the entire quilt–and the weather cooperated…

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This technique works well on print or solid fabrics and is enhanced by using a high loft batting like wool or polyester. (I prefer wool).

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This is a really fun way to add interest to any quilt.

SPEAKING OF FUN…

Halloween with Grandsons…

The Little Lobster:

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And the Adorable Monkey:

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All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the Lobster  (or something like that)…

The Monkey stopped to pull up his sock…

POP!

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!

 

POP Quilting–A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

POP Quilting, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters,

As the seasons change, so do my “Vase Quilts”.  I pulled this OLD quilt from my collection to highlight the colors of my velvet pumpkins.  (Don’t forget to SAVE your pumpkin stems–and check your local pumpkin farmer or nursery for more–tutorial coming soon!)

How old is this quilt?

It is so old…there’s stippling on it…and we all know how I feel about stippling and meandering!

POP QUILTING

A side from the wormlike quilting on it, this quilt is one of my favorites and a good example of  “POP Quilting”.

The shapes that are most noticeable are the circles, squares and lines that are not quilted…they “pop” right off the quilt and become the focal point.

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DRAW ANY SHAPE

In the vase quilt, I filled the blocks with circles and squares and created a stripe throughout the border.

For this technique, draw any shape…

And then heavily quilt around it.

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TO OUTLINE OR NOT OUTLINE

You can straight stitch the outline or you can omit this step.

I have done both ways and both work…though I favor outlining the shape before filling in the background.

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Many motifs work well for this technique…

The Twist

Beginner Loops

Straight line quilting

Even the Motif-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named….

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Try this on YOUR next quilt–it works well on printed fabrics and blocks with a lot of piecing.

How will you POP YOUR next quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Lori Redenbacher

Sunflower Sampler-Week 4-Linear Fills

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Good Morning, Quilters!

Okay…be honest…how many of you are unwrapping a Halloween candy as you read this?

(I’ll admit, I was unconsciously twirling open candies while I wrote this…)

Just one question…Is it worth it?  (I asked myself…)

I decided ONE Tootsie Roll was worth it, but 10–(especially unconscious chewing)—- maybe not!

#noexcuses #losethosefatquarters

THE SUNFLOWER SAMPLER–WEEK FOUR

If you are stitching along with us, your quilt should look something like the photo below.

WEEK ONE-Marking

WEEK TWO-Stitch the Center

WEEK THREE Stitch the Petals

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DIVIDING THE QUILT BACKGROUND FILL

In week one, we divided the quilt into eight sections.  Today we will stitch one of the upper right and one of the lower left sections.

Do not be rigid about these lines…If you fill in a little more (as I did) or a little less–that’s just fine.

CHOOSING THREAD

We have an opportunity to choose a new thread at this point in the quilt.

For my original Sunflower Sampler (photo below) I used the same thread throughout the entire project.

Same thread: Option One.

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Thread Option Two

Use a different thread for the background fill.  The thread could be lighter, darker or a variegated thread.

I decided to go with a variegated thread that is mostly lighter than the fabric background.

Look at your threads and have fun with this.

You can’t go wrong–any choice will work great!

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LOWER LEFT SECTION

Stitch narrowly spaced lines to fill in the lower section of the quilt.  The key here is to get as close as possible to the petals stitched last week.  Really getting in to the nooks and crannies of the flower will give the petals more definition.

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If the distance feel cumbersome–stitching lone lines can be awkward, divide the space and stitch two rows of narrowly spaced lines.

It is probably best to NOT divide the space in half…make it more angular or curved to keep the look more organic.  Add a few perpendicular lines and then continue filling in the space.

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UPPER RIGHT SECTION

Two options for this section…

Either fill it with more straight line quilting as we did in the lower left section, or fill it with The Twist
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If the Twist is difficult to  stitch in long stretches–divide the space and add rows of the motif.

It will look great!

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When you are finished, the quilt should look something like the photo below.

The Sunflower is stitched and the upper and lower corners are stitched.  We still have the border and the other sections to quilt.

Gorgeous!!!

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Tomorrow we will see another way to use these techniques to make your next quilt border POP!!

See you then!

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…..

When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May…”

May YOUR day be filled with SUNSHINE,

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!