I Love Stars Quilts!

I Love Stars, Quilts, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU have a quilting mistake you make over and over again?

I have several, but one of the most frustrating is that I make quilts that look great in books or in patterns but don’t look good in my house!  I am always drawn to bright colored quilts with rainbow colors, but my house is much more muted.  (A compromise with my husband–probably for the better or my house would look like a Disney cottage!)

When I saw this new book –I Love Star Blocks edited by Karen Burns -with a title I can not deny…I decided to use colors from my house.

Okay…there’s not a lot of purple or magenta in my house…but I found a little bit in the rug!

I Love Stars, Quilts, Lori Kennedy

The book is a compilation of star quilts from ten different designers.  The patterns are for all skill levels and from Modern to traditional.  I choose the pattern, Woven Star by Amy Ellis because it includes a lot of negative space–and we all know what negative space is good for!!!  (I’m already designing the machine quilting!)

I Love Stars, Quilts, Lori Kennedy

There are several other patterns I would like to make because I do LOVE star quilts!  Find the book at YOUR local quilt shop or  from Amazon HERE using my affiliate link.  (There is no extra charge to you for using this link.)I Love Stars, Quilts, Lori Kennedy

I am using a collection of shot cottons and mixing them with solid fabrics.  Shot cottons are fabrics woven with two different color “yarns”.  The fabric has a beautiful luster–almost iridescent.  I Love Stars, Quilts, Lori KennedyWhat about YOU?  Do YOU love star quilt blocks?

Do YOU pick your quilt colors to match your house?

Do YOU ever make the same quilt mistake more than once?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Star-Gazing!

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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The Spooky Bat-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Machine Quilting Tutorial, Bat, HalloweenGood Morning, Quilters!

Just in time for Halloween- we have bats in our belfry!

Bats have been associated with Halloween ever since Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula could transform into a bat to get the girl or to get away…spooky!

But I don’t think that really happens?!

Bats are amazing mammals–

Read 13 Amazing Facts about Bats here...

(It does not list anything about changing into Dracula..so I pretty confident that it’s not true.)

THE SPOOKY BAT MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing three parallel lines.  In the sample below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the middle line.  Stitch a wavy line, then add an oval along the drawn line.  Stop on top.

Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial

Stitch several stitches on the left side of the oval, then add a shallow scallop.

Add three or four small scallops to create the bat’s wing.Stitch over the top of the bat’s “head”–stitching over the previous line of stitching.Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, TutorialAdd a shallow scallop toward the right guideline.Add three to four small scallops to complete the bat’s right wing.

Stitch on the oval to the bottom of the bat to complete the motif.

Add a wavy line to begin the next bat in the row.Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial
Stitch offset rows of bats to fill a background, or add loops between the bats to create an all over motif (not shown).
Spooky Bats, Machine Quilting, Tutorial

Spooky, but easy!!!

Turn on a Halloween movie and start stitching!

What’s YOUR favorite Halloween movie?

(Mine is The Sandlot–in other words…I don’t have a favorite Halloween movie-I HATE to be scared!)

What about YOU?

Do YOU like scary movies?

What’s YOUR favorite movie in the fall?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Creepy Crawley-Kennedy

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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Sewing with Nancy-A Behind the Scenes Laugh

Nancy Zieman, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

By now many of you have seen my episodes of Sewing with Nancy on your public television station.  (Also available FREE from Nancy here:

Part One HERE

 Part Two HERE

If you have seen the shows, I think you will appreciate this story.
Nancy Zieman, Lori KennedyA little background…

My daughter, Faye and I traveled to Beaver Dam last February for filming two episodes of Sewing with Nancy.  After spending a preparation day at Nancy’s office in Beaver Dam, we travelled to the PBS station in Madison, Wisconsin for filming.  The day started with a little “hair and makeup” then we moved to the studio.  Nancy explained a few things and we started–no rehearsal.

I was a little nervous…whenever (on the very rare occasions when) I am sitting across from someone I admire greatly and I have five cameras pointing at me, I get a little nervous…

Not bad nerves, but a definite surge of adrenalin…

YOU get the picture.

We started at the coffee table for a little on-camera conversation.  (Sure, just two BFFs chatting over coffee!?)

Then we moved to the sewing machine where I definitely felt more confident and comfortable.

Nancy showed a few quilt samples and then it was my turn.

I started by talking about the importance of doodling.  Then I demonstrated doodling…

CUT!!!!

Oh dear!

(Surge of more adrenalin)

From the control room….“We can’t see the doodles.  Lori’s hand is in the way”

After several minutes of adjustments, the solution was that I needed to hold up a clipboard with my left hand and hold the pencil at the eraser end with my right hand.  And I had to rotate my right hand up while I doodled. (Okay,sure, whatever helps…)

On 3-2-1…”

So I launched back into my spiel and started doodling…

Now my little nervousness at the eraser end of the pencil looked like seismic tremors at the business end!!!

My doodles were a shaky mess!

Is anyone gonna call CUT????  Please!???

But no one did…so I continued…

You will notice if you doodle long enough your lines will get smoother”  (and my doodles did get smoother–a bit)

(I hope this gets edited!!!)

Seismic tremors were not cut from the final edit…

Sometimes, you just have to laugh!

Nancy Zieman, Lori Kennedy

 

To add to the hilarity, Faye was up in the control room with quilt designer, Paul Leger from Paul Leger Quilts who was also filming that day.  After I finished stitching the segment, he leaned over to Faye and said “Wow, your Mom is a lot better quilter than she is a doodler!” LOLOLOLOL!

I find a sense of humor really helps in these moments!

What about YOU?

Have YOU had an embarrassing moment lately?

(Was it on film?!)

How did YOU handle it?  Laugh? Cringe? Cry? All of the above?

We’d LOVE to hear!

LOLOLing 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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