Envelope Doodles

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers, and Letter-Writers (snail mail, that is!)

When is the last time YOU received a hand-written letter?

Perhaps a better question to ask…When is the last time YOU wrote a hand written letter?

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

The art of letter writing is on the decline (along with cursive…)

It’s too bad because it is such a gracious gift to give and to receive.

(BTW-I have a relative whose 365 challenge for 2016 is to write a letter every day!)

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Perhaps we would be more interested in writing letters if we remembered it can be a creative endeavor.

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

So pull out your envelopes and a red pen or marker.

Doodle Nora’s Rose (above)  or Faye’s Flower (below)  or any of YOUR doodles.

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy…and send your Mom, Dad, sister, brother, cousin, friend….a hand written letter in a decorated envelope.

Who do YOU know that needs a little pick-me-up?

Send them the gracious gift of your time.

For advice on letter writing, you might like:  How to Write Letters:  A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolatory Etiquette from 1876  ( I especially like #4-Blots and Interlineations.)Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

May ALL your endeavors reflect YOUR creativity!

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!

FMQ Apple Tablerunner

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

Good Morning, Quilters!

This is one UFO off my list!  It started as a tutorial–“A” is for Apple.

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

And was completed with yesterday’s tutorial for The Apple Core.

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

A little Rick Rack in between and Straight Line Fill

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

I used Sulky 40 wt Rayon in white to make the apples “pop”.

Then added Sulky 40 wt Rayon in red to create a more subtle, texturized background.Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

A fun black and white binding and this table runner is Red Delicious!

Have fun quilting and your quilts will be fun!

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 Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…”

Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day!

Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner?

THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

The easiest way to stitch Apple Cores is by drawing them first–at least until you’ve practiced a few times.

Begin by drawing a rectangle 3″ by 4″ wide.  (Any size that fits YOUR quilt will work too!)

Draw two scallops approximately 3/4 inch below the top line and along the bottom line:

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add three scallops just below the top scallops and just above the bottom row of scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Place a small “X” in the middle of the left-sided scallops and connect the “X”s with a curve line.

Repeat on the left side.

Draw a stem and leaf on top if desired. (very lightly shown below).

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching on the left side of the apple.  Stitch the top scallop, the stem, a leaf and the right scallop.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the three scallops and trace back to the “X”.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side of the apple and the bottom scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Stitch the lower three scallops, then echo stitch back to stitch the right side of the apple.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the top scallops to the center, drop down and stitch a few petal shapes.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the bottom, echo stitch to the left side of the apple and all the way around.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Delicious! (if not nutritious!)
Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

In no time at all you’ll have more than accomplished your quota of apples for the day!

Careful…A bushel a day does NOT keep the doctor away!

May your stitches be Gala!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric on my BERNINA 770QE (with a humungous bobbin!) using Aurifil cotton 50wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon (think luster!) on top using a Superior Size 90 Topstitch needle (very large eye and deep shank.)

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!