Doodle the Wind

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s a windy day here in Minnesota!

But the waves don’t stop the boaters out on our 10,000 lakes!

Let’s join the fun by doodling!

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Doodles:

The Wind

The Wave

perhaps YOU would like to add a Sailboat?

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

I doodled large Waves and Wind and then added closely spaced filler…

Be sure to check out the tutorials–there are some “tricks” to stitching these gorgeous motifs!!

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

I just had to splash it onto some fabric…

Wind, Machine Quilting, Doodles

Love it!   (looks a little odd with the Snowman in the upper right corner-LOL)

I think we’re onto something…

What about YOU?

What’s on YOUR doodle pad today?  Anything worth trying to stitch?

How’s the weather in your parts?

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!

Red, White and Blue-An Easy Block Pattern

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Some of you wanted to join me in my Late Night Quilting…Read more HERE  as I work on a quick and easy Red and White (with a little blue) quilt.  I hope to have this finished by the Fourth of July….(though I didn’t specify what year!)

This is an EASY quilt block!

First you have to “see” the block–that’s not so easy!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

It is difficult to see because the sashing between the blocks is a repeated element from inside the quilt block.

The block itself is a variation on The Shoo Fly block–a nine patch block.

(Does anyone know if this block has a name??)

The block is just four Half Square Triangles, with a center square and divided rectangles in between.

Easy cutting!  Easy Stitching!

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

For each block: Cut two 5 inch solid red squares.  ( I used charm squares from Boundless, America the Brave Collection-35% OFF!!!-see my affiliate link HERE)

PS…Craftsy has a huge sale right now–pick up some Aurifil thread, too–it’s rare to find it at this price!!

Boundless America the Brave Collection

In addition, Cut two 5 inch squares from print fabric.  (Try to find fabric that has a white background for best contrast.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2 x 2-1/2 inches from a large print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Cut Four rectangles 2-2/12 inches from another large graphic print.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NOTE-If all the rectangles will be of the same fabric–stitch 2-1/2 inch strips of each fabric together, press and then cut 2 inch sub cuts.  (Thanks, Judy!)

Cut one blue square:  2 x 2 inches.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

MAKE THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

With right sides together, layer the print squares on top of the solid red squares.

To mark the Half Square Triangles (HST)–use a ruler to mark the stitching lines

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Or mark the cutting line and use it to line up your presser foot for stitching.  (This is the method I usually use.)

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Stitch.  Cut apart. Press.

The HST will be slightly larger than what we need–trim to 4-1/2 inches.

For the most accuracy–I like this method the best–making the squares slightly larger, then trimming.

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Lay out the pieces…

Stitch the blocks…

Trim the blocks to 10 inches

Red, White and Blue Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Add sashing (same measurements)  between the blocks to create the quilt!

Red White Quilt, Lori Kennedy

I have not included every step…there is some work in between…

My quilt is a 9 patch–Nine blocks with sashing in between.  I’m going to add a solid red border so I can add Shining Star Quilting from last week’s tutorial.

Any Red and White Quilts in YOUR future?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Hurray!

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!

 

Machine Quilting The Basic Block-A FREE Tutorial

Machine Quilting, Basic Block

Good Morning, Quilters and Fitness Buffs!  Have you been #movingmore?

This week–challenge yourself to walk 15 minutes before you quilt each day!  Once we sit down at the sewing machine…it’s much harder!

QUILTING SQUARES

For the next few weeks we are going to concentrate on quilting square blocks.  

Many (perhaps most?) blocks are square and are composed of a combination of triangles and squares.  Today’s motif is very versatile.  It is a basic quilt motif that will fill any square block and stabilize all the seams within the quilt.

When stitched on a pieced block, it requires very little marking– the seam-lines act as guidelines.

To practice the motif, draw a square and draw diagonals across the square.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

Begin in the corner of the quilt.  Stitch on the diagonal line and then stitch a small square in the center of the block.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a straight line from the top center of the inner square and to the top edge of the block.  Closely echo stitch back to the center.  Stitch over a few stitches.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a diagonal line to the right corner and back to the center.

Stitch a horizontal line to the right edge of the block and back to the center.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

Stitch around the center block and into the lower right corner.

Back to the center, then stitch a vertical line to lower edge….

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

Continue all the way around the block to finish the motif.

Then stitch around the outer edge of the block on three sides to begin the next block.

(The final outer edge of the blocks can be stitched as a straight line once all the motifs are stitched.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

This motif will perfectly fill any square block. 

The center square stitching allows the quilter to avoid stitching over the intersection of many seams that often occur at the center of a block.

Machine Quilting, Basic Block, Lori Kennedy

EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN THIS MOTIF

Doodle this a few times, then try it on a quilt block.

We will be learning several fabulous motifs that are variations of the Basic Block –all designed to stabilize and fill the block well—while avoiding stitching directly through the center of the motif.

Remember–it is a Basic Block and we will be adding and varying this motif–a Building Block motif--everyone should learn!

I’d love to hear how this motif works for you!

Happy Quilting,

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!