What Rules Do YOU Break? Open Line Friday

machine quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU believe in the Quilt Police?

I think the Quilt Police are like the bogey man–I’m not sure they are a real thing.

There are quilt judges who evaluate quilting based on standards, instructors who teach to a standard, and bloggers who try to be thought-provoking (like my Meander no More campaign.)

But everyone knows we get to do whatever we want on our own quilts!

Maybe the Quilt Police are our own quilting conscience????

Of course it is important to understand the right way to do things– usually following the rules makes the whole process easier or look better.

But some rules are meant to be broken!

TIED and BURIED KNOTS

One “Rule” I always break is the rule that we should tie and bury machine quilting knots.

The mere thought of stopping that often to tie and bury a knot or even doing them later takes the joy out of the process for me.

Instead, I made up my own knot–the “curlicue knot”. I stitch small stitches in a curl and then I stitch back over them to form a knot.  Then I simply cut the threads and begin quilting!

This knot forms a mini focal point, so it has to be cute-cute-cute!


Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

WHAT WOULD THE QUILT POLICE SAY?

Well I can tell you I have a very clear conscience on this point and I sleep quite well at night.

My friend, Annie Smith who is a quilt judge said she would not downgrade me if I entered a competition.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Do YOU break any quilting “rules”?

Have YOU found a work-around for a quilting challenge?

Have YOU ever met the Quilt Police?  (Was it just a cranky quilter who needed a Snickers?)

Are YOU your own worst critic?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

YOUR Warden,

Lenient 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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Better Quilting Through Doodling–Trees


Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

It’s time for another Doodle Lesson…because we all know…”If you can doodle it, you can quilt it!”

Doodling is the fastest way to improve your machine quilting skills–and it’s fun, too!

Today we are doodling Christmas Trees.

Start with the basic shape–nothing fancy and don’t worry about symmetry.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Next, divide some of the trees with simple lines.

Tree Quilt motif, How to doodle a Christmas Tree

Fill the trees with doodling.

Use Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 for ideas like Easy Loops or Pebbles.How to Doodle Christmas treesSee how many variations YOU can design!
How to Doodle Christmas trees

We are just getting started.  Next week we will use our favorite trees to create a variety of compositions.

Oh Tannenbaum! How whimsical are thy branches!

Your Tree Trimming Friend,

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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Big Quilts, Small Promises

Boxes and Vines Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last week I made a pledge and challenged YOU to make one too!

I pledged to work on my Boxes and Vines quilt every day–and to not start any new quilts until this is finished!

I am shocked at how hard it was!

Big Projects are so intimidating!

And there are so many little projects to tempt me away…fast and easy...but —    NOT AS IMPORTANT!!!

START WITH STABILIZING

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

Stabilizing is always a good place to begin a quilt. 

I choose a lightweight thread (Aurifil cotton 50wt–though you can use much thinner…) in a matching color.

I set up my machine for straight stitching with the dual feed function…(or use a walking foot).

And off I went, stitching in the ditch of all the major axes and blocks and borders.

Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

 

FREE MOTION STABILIZING

Next, I lowered my feed dogs and attached my free motion foot.

Using the same white thread, I stitched as close as possible along both sides of the vines that fill two of the borders.Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

STITCH ANYWHERE

Once the stabilizing was complete, I was free to quilt anywhere on the quilt without fear of the layers shifting.

I love this because I never have all the quilting planned ahead of time.  Sometimes I know what I am going to quilt in the border, but not in the center.  As long as the quilt is stabilized, it is perfectly fine to quilt the borders first.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO “POP”?

In the boxes border, I want the colorful squares to “pop”.

To achieve that, I did not add any quilting to the boxes and I quilted heavily around them.

This physically and visually lifts the squares off the quilt–creating the focal “pop”!

Boxes and Vines, Stabilizing

LITTLE BY LITTLE

I am thrilled with the progress I’ve made this week–just 15 minutes at a time here and there—time I usually waste!

What about YOU?

Did YOU take The Pledge last week?

Did YOU work on YOUR Big Project?

Are YOU ready to dive in this week?

If I can do it…anyone can!!!!

TOMORROW:  A really fun doodle tutorial!

SOON-My mom’s kolachke recipe, invisible thread, Stocking Stuffers for quilters…

Happy Big Quilts!

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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