Open Line Friday-Best Posts for Beginners

Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

I recently received a note from a new follower of The Inbox Jaunt.  She said she was enjoying poking around but wondered which were the best posts for beginners...

It was one of those lightbulb moments for me…something that has been percolating in the back of my head…a project for fall–

I need to read my blog as if I was new to it and as if I was a beginner…
Green Quilt Squares, LKennedy

Needless to say, blogging is not linear.  I didn’t start at the beginning and discuss the ins and outs of free motion quilting…those posts are randomly spiced over the last three (yes, three years!)

Starting in September, I will be remodeling The Inbox Jaunt to make it more navigation-friendly and more Beginner-friendly

That is a lot of back story for today’s question:

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which posts have been most helpful to you as a quilter?

(Which ones did you Pin to Pinterest or share with friends or write down in a notebook?)

What would you like to see more of going forward?Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyYOUR QUESTIONS

And of course, we always have time for YOUR questions!

Thanking you in advance for YOUR help on my back-to-school organizational quest!

May your bobbin always be full!

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!

Let’s Doodle a Circle Composition

Circle Doodles, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today is Thursday, and as we get ready for the busy weekend, let’s add a notepad and a few pens to our bags so we can squeeze in a little doodling!

Even if you are very busy…

There’s always time to doodle!

Today we are going to create a composition with circles.

Start by drawing a large square or a rectangle on your paper.

Search out a few circle templates in your house…

Spools of thread, CDs or DVDs, lids to plastic containers, cups and saucers…

I also use a set of circle templates I found at an office supply store.

START TRACING

Trace the circles in a random order.  For the first composition, don’t overlap any of the circles.

Circle Doodles, LKennedyNext, overlap a few of the circles.Circle Doodles, LKennedyThen fill in the whole page with circles…

Circle Doodles, LKennedyOnce you have several pages of Circles… consider making copies of your favorites by tracing or at your local office supply.

Now the real fun begins…Use your markers and start filling in the circles and the spaces.

Don’t limit yourself to flowers…Circle Doodles, LKennedy

Who needs adult coloring books when you can doodle!

See all the Doodle Tutorials HERE

I wanna doodle-all-day!

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!

Choosing a Bobbin Thread for Free Motion Quilting

Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

It was a very rainy day in Minnesota yesterday which meant two things:  I had a lot of “indoor time” AND it was a low-energy day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not terrible creative on rainy, dark days…

However, I still had enough energy to stitch, so I finished this little quilt that I started months ago.  The Nora’s Rose motif was already completed in the center and the grid was started…I just needed to stitch all the “pop” filler lines–perfect work for a low energy day…repetitive lines, not a lot of concentration involved.Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQ

One of the most frequent questions I receive is…“Why do use different threads in the top and the bobbin?”

The conventional wisdom is to use the same thread top and bobbin for the best tension.  This rule works great for conventional sewing, but not so well when you are using decorative or heavy weight threads.

DECORATIVE THREADS -NOT ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE IN THE BOBBIN 

First of all, decorative threads are often heavier–which means they won’t travel very far in the bobbin.

Second, decorative threads can be (not always) more expensive–so it’s more cost-effective to use cotton in the bobbin.

Third, many decorative threads (like Rayon) are slippery which means they don’t knot as well.

MY BOBBIN CHOICE

Most of the time, my choice for a bobbin thread is Aurifil 50 wt cotton.  It is a great all-purpose thread for piecing and appliqué, and it is a great bobbin thread.

I like it because it is very strong and lint free–it’s an extra long staple cotton thread.  Because it is a medium to light weight thread it goes a long way in the bobbin.

I recommend you try different threads (brands and fibers) to see what works best for you and your sewing machine.

Cotton and polyester are the most commonly used fibers for the bobbin, though many people also like nylon or polyester invisible threads.  (I have not had much luck with invisible threads.)Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQADJUSTING TENSION

Whenever you free motion quilt, you will likely need to adjust your tension even if you have the same thread in the top and the bobbin.

Make friends with your sewing machine manual and all the tension dials on your machine!Nora's Rose Quilt, FMQNORA’S ROSE MINI QUILT

This little quilt contains several motifs you might recognize…I stitched all of these motifs on the Craftsy Video

They are also available as FREE step-by-step tutorials–Can YOU name any of them?

Nora’s Rose

Grid Pop

Bunting

The Wide Leaf–Craftsy video only

Straight Line Quilting

What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

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 Pin, Share, Tweet or re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!