Quilting The Big Quilt-Baskets

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

As you know, I spent most of last week in Denver filming my second Craftsy video.

It’s taken me a few days to wade through the piles of laundry and now I’m digging in to a long overdue project.

This birthday quilt is for my sister, Pat (Hi, Pat!)  and was created by my Mom, sisters, Pat’s daughters and a few sewing sisters.

I’m so excited to get started on it and give it the time it deserves!

WHERE TO BEGIN – THE BIG QUILT

My Mom always said, “When you don’t know where to begin, just begin!”

It’s amazing how often I say that to myself!

I am often subject to “paralysis by analysis”…I don’t know what I want to do, so I don’t do anything…

Most of the time, the best thing I can do is “just begin”.

STABILIZING THE QUILT

Begin quilting the stabilization lines.

Every quilt needs to be stabilized.

In this quilt, I began stabilizing around the borders (see Ann Petersen’s Craftsy Class:  Big Quilts, Small Machine, Better Results)  Ann’s theory is that the borders are the most important area to keep straight and that if your quilt is well basted, you can stabilize the borders first and ease the center.  This is a very reasonable theory to me, so I’m giving it a whirl on this quilt.  (PS…Ann also does a great job demonstrating how to spray baste a large quilt!)

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

BONDING WITH YOUR QUILT

Once I stabilized the entire quilt-borders and blocks– I stitched each basket.

To do this, I stitched very close to each of the handles and in the ditch of every triangle.

So far, this has taken 7-1/2 hours.  I’m not in any rush—I am bonding with the quilt!

While I stitch all the stabilization, I am starting to get a feel for the fabric and the motifs and am thinking about possible ways to quilt it.  

The ideas are flowing now….

More ideas than if I stared at the quilt for 7-1/2 hours!  It’s amazing!

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

NEXT STEPS-TIME TO DOODLE!

Now that I have some ideas, I will trace the basket and make several copies of it in my sketchbook and doodle a few options

What about YOU?

How do YOU bond with your quilts?  Where do you start when you don’t know where to start?

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!

 

 

The Modern Vine – A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m back from an exhilarating and exhausting week at the Craftsy studios in Denver…where you work hard and play hard, laugh a lot and work hard

There were  “Takes” and “re-takes” and “re-takes of the re-takes”  (usually caused by laughing)

Anyway, it was a ton of fun (did I mention hard work) and I will be telling you a lot more in the next few days and weeks.

The second class (with emphasis on doodling and developing YOUR own motif library)  will be ready around mid-April!!!

THANK YOU

I really want to thank all of you who have been here since “Hello, World!“…and the early tutorial days.

Your encouragement, kind words and support have meant the world to me.

Thank YOU for going on this wild ride WITH ME–I think of YOU every step of the way!

With that in mind….I have a great tutorial for you today!

THE MODERN VINE -TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.   In the sample below, the lines are 2-1/2 inches apart, but they can be any width that suits YOUR quilt.

In between the rows draw a very slightly wavy line–don’t get too crazy here or it will be difficult to stitch…

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch on the line a short distance and then begin the first leaf.

The leaf shape is fairly symmetrical.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Return to the center line.  Try to mirror image the bottom of the leaf…

Leave a small gap.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a straight line stem and over stitch it back to the drawn line.

Scoot through the small gap–this helps you avoid the build up of stitches at that intersection.

Stitch up the stem a few stitches and create another symmetrical leaf.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Continue up the drawn line to create the vine.

Angle  the leaves upward slightly and note that because the central line is wavy, sometimes the right-sided leaves will be larger and sometimes the left-sided leaves will be larger.

This give the Modern Vine an interesting look.

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

If one vine is not large enough for your border, add two vines with a different motif in between.

I love the Spirals in between…(I share a few tips on getting perfect Spirals in my upcoming Craftsy video!)

Modern Vine, Quilt Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

The Modern Vine could be used in place of rows of Feathers in any quilt!

It makes me THINK SPRING!

What about YOU… what makes YOU “think spring”?  We’d love to hear!

Glad-to-be-sleeping-in-my-own-bed,

Lori

PS….Later this week–THE SECOND ANNUAL  MYSTERY QUILT-A-LONG!  

PPS…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!