The Little Things that Inspire

Quilting Little Things

Good Morning, Quilters!

As you may have guessed, I’ve been away from sewing studio for several days.    For more than 15 years, my Mom, sisters and several friends have met near Galena, Illinois for an annual quilt retreat.  It’s a six-hour drive for me which I usually stretch to 7 or 8 hours. I stop frequently–for antique shops, quilt stores and to photograph any pretty view…I just LOVE the drive through the cornfields of the Midwest during harvest season!

By the time I arrive at the retreat, I’m already inspired by the colors and shapes of the countryside, but that’s only the beginning!

In addition to seeing old friends and their amazing quilting projects–more photos to come–

I’m inspired by the little things— like the traditional jigsaw puzzle…

Quilting Little Things

and seeing the way others work…

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The clever way quilters organize…

Quilting Little Things

Boxes and Vines Quilt, Lori Kennedy

And that anyone can paper piece so small….

Quilting Little Things

quilty-littlethings-lorikennedy010And of course, we all love the pretty notions…

Quilting Little Things

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I was so inspired..I finally added the border to my Boxes and Vines quilt top–(I hate sewing borders!)

Boxes and Vines Quilt, Lori Kennedy

More quilt retreat photos to come…

What about YOU?  Do YOU go to any quilt retreats?

What do YOU learn from your quilting jaunts?

What little thing has inspired YOU lately?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Idea-Rich-&-Ready-to-Share-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!

 

Quick and Easy Grid Variations-FMQ Tutorial

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

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EASY GRID PLAY

Today’s tutorial is a combination of several tutorials.  By combining the X Marks the Spot grid motif with another motif, you can create a wide variety of easy quilting for any block or quilt size.

In X Marks the Spot Tutorial, we drew a one inch grid…

Grid Play-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Grid Play-Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Then we filled in ever one inch block with an X – by stitching triangles into the center of each square.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, X

In this motif, the X is larger–2″ by 2″.

This allows extra room to add another motif.

First stitch all of the Xs on the grid…(not shown here).

Once that is complete, go back and add another motif t0 every other row.

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Motifs like The Snowflake

 

The Snowflake Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Spooky Spider

six legged spider, FMQ

or The Daisy Chain…work well.

Daisy Chain, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

A Spiral would also work well….

 

FMQ, Lori Kennedy

This would fill any quilt very quickly and it’s WAY EASIER than it looks!  (We all love that!)

Give this motif a try on your next quilt–and as always,

DOODLE FIRST!

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Fare-the-well, Fare-the-well,

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!