Open Line Friday

 

Vintage Scissor, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am thrilled and delighted that so many of you have decided to join me at The John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina over Labor Day! (Read more HERE) It will be my first time at The Folk School and after reading about how many of YOU have already been there and loved it…just makes me more excited!   I can’t wait to meet YOU!  We are going to work hard and play hard and I promise that by the end of the week YOU will be a CONFIDENT MACHINE QUILTER!

QUILT-A-LONG QUESTIONS

I am also thrilled and delighted that we have a huge group (perhaps thousands???) who are jumping in on the Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-long!

Last year’s Quilt-a-long was a huge success and is still available HERE

Is this a project for beginners?

Yes!  This is a great project for beginners!  First of all, the project is small-just a fat quarter size.  It is important for beginners to start small when learning machine quilting in order to learn how to maneuver the quilt under the machine without all the weight of a big quilt.  Also, small quilts require minimal time and fabric requirements which help give the beginner quilter confidence that they can complete a project!  (Ban the UFO!)  Finally, we will learn several techniques on the Small Quilt that can be applied to the Large Quilt-marking, stabilizing, design.  All of the motifs are fairly easy motifs (especially if you doodle first!!!) but the final product will be beautiful and not just a “quilt sampler” –squares of different motifs.

Why not white on white backing fabrics and what about black on black fabrics?

I prefer to not use white on white fabrics for my backing because it is harder for the needle to penetrate the paint or coating of these fabrics.  Any time the needle has difficulty penetrating the fabric-it has a chance of causing a slight needle deflection and this shows up in our stitches as a slightly imperfect stitch.  I’ll admit this is a small thing…but it’s usually easy to avoid these fabrics for the backing.  I also avoid batiks because they are very tightly woven fabrics and can be difficult for the needle to penetrate.

As for black on black fabrics…The same rule applies.  If you can rub your fingernail across a fabric and feel a texture difference-it probably has paint on top and will be more difficult.  Sometimes this will also cause tension problems…and who needs that???

I want to emphasize…this is a small thing.  Many beautiful quilts are made with batiks and white on white fabric backgrounds…but if you have a choice, consider an alternative.

Vintage Scissor, Lori Kennedy Designs

 

When will your second Craftsy Video be released?

My second class, “Creative Machine Quilting-From Doodle to Design” will be released in just ten days–on April 11!!!

I’m so excited!  We will be starting a giveaway next week!

What about YOU?  Do YOU have any questions?

Will YOU be joining the Quilt-a-long?

If not, what’s holding you back?

Happy Stitching,

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!

A Four Day Workshop this September!

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m really excited to tell you about a four and half day workshop I will be teaching at the  beautiful, John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina!

Have any of YOU been to The Folk School?  It will be my first time and I can’t wait!

The School has been around for more than 90 years and offers more than 800 classes per year–everything from quilting (of course) to storytelling, weaving, photography.  They have a beautiful e-catalog  HERE.

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The class I’m offering is an “exploratory course”.  We’ll learn how to get the best possible stitch from our machines, explore battings, fabrics and threads and we’ll design a whole cloth quilt sampler.  We’ll doodle a lot, work hard –but not too hard!
John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The Folk School offers additional activities every day like morning walks, yoga, dancing, storytelling, music…

And of course, great food!

John C Campbell Folk School, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Space is limited to twelve participants–and you don’t have to bring your own sewing machine–the sewing room has sewing machines and tables for everyone.

If you need to “jumpstart” your free motion quilting…please consider joining me in North Carolina–Labor Day!

Lori

PS…this quilt is one of my practice quilts that I filled in…”graffiti style”.  Stitched with Sulky Rayon thread on Kona cotton on my BERNINA 770QE with gorgeous stitch and easy tension!

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!

 

Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-Long–A Mystery Sampler

Quilting Fabric, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you all for participating in last week’s Open Line Friday about “Sewers, Sewists, Seamstresses, Tailors….”  

It was a fascinating discussion!

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE

Our Mystery Quilt-a-long was so popular last year that I decided to make it an annual project!

For the next several weeks, we will be replacing our “Tuesday Tutorials” with a Mystery Quilt-a-Long!

If you follow along, you will learn

  • new motifs
  • marking techniques
  • thread tips
  • design and composition tips
  • so much more…

In addition, you will have a gorgeous wall hanging for your sewing room (or to use as a gift!)

The only clue I will give you…this sampler will have a nautical theme.

Quilting Fabric, Lori Kennedy

THE QUILT SANDWICH

This week we will focus on the Quilt Sandwich.

The final quilt size will be 16 inches wide by 21 inches long.

Begin with a fat quarter of solid fabric in red, blue or aqua…for the top of the quilt.  

I will be using a Kona cotton fabric from Robert Kaufman fabrics.  I usually purchase my Kona cotton from JoAnn Fabrics or Hancock’s of Paducah.

NOTE-Robert Kaufman only makes one Kona cotton–so it will be great quality wherever you find it.

CHOOSING BACKING FABRIC

I like to use novelty fabrics in my quilt’s theme whenever possible.  For this quilt, I will be using a nautically themed cotton fabric.

I recommend that you avoid batiks and white on white fabrics for the backing.

Batiks and hand dyed fabrics are very tightly woven fabrics and are  harder for the needle to penetrate and make a good lockstitch.  The slight needle deflections can show up as a slightly imperfect stitch.

White on white fabrics have a coating of paint that also cause needle deflections.

Whenever possible I avoid these fabrics just to make things a little easier…

CHOOSING BATTING

For small wall quilts, I like to use Warm and Natural cotton batting.  It tolerates heavy quilting well and remains flat.

Cotton batting also has a natural tackiness and grips the top and backing fabric when the layers are ironed together–no basting required!

PREPARING THE SANDWICH

It is very important to iron all three layers of the quilt sandwich.

Iron each layer separately first.

Next, iron all three layers together.  Check the back and add spray starch to the back to help it glide more easily if desired.

Iron the top layer one last time–everything should hold together.

Quilting Fabric, Lori Kennedy

MARKING THE QUILT SANDWICH

Use your favorite marking tool to draw a 21 x 16 inch rectangle.

(This is not like stitching a 1/4 inch seam…if you are off a little, it will be just fine!)  (That’s what I call “FREE motion quilting!)

I like to use the Clover Chalk wheel for straight lines, a ceramic pencil (Fons and Porter or SewLine) or a Dritz Chalk Cartridge-

All of these marking tools are easy to see, easy to remove, and don’t break too easily.

Quilt Marking Tools, Lori Kennedy

CHOOSING THREAD

We will start stitching next week.

I like to use a heavy weight thread for a bold quilting line.

Some of my favorite machine quilting threads are :  Aurifil 28wt Cotton, Sulky 40 wt Rayon, King Tut- 40 wt Cotton, Magnifico–40wt Trilobal Polyester.

Choose white thread or a light-colored thread for high contrast.

Quilting Thread, Lori Kennedy

In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton (orange spool)…It is a fine weight thread, low lint and lock stitches beautifully with slippery top threads like Rayon and Polyester.

(It is much finer weight than Aurifil’s 28 wt cotton (gray spool)–which is better for using on top as a decorative thread.

Quilting Thread, Lori Kennedy

That’s it for this week!

Create a well-ironed quilt sandwich and mark a 16 x 21 inch rectangle.

Choose your threads and we will begin sewing next week.

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!