My Home Town Quilt

Home Town Quilt, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

It’s a happy day in My Home Town (Stillwater, Minnesota)…

This little quilt (12 x 20 inches) was stitched in less than an hour.

Remember the Doodle Lesson on Wavy Lines?

I started by drawing wavy lines across my fabric.

Doodles, LKennedyThen I added Home Sweet Home from yesterday’s, Tuesday Tutorial-

Home,FMQ, LKennedyPretty soon, I had an entire village!

Home Town Quilt, LKennedyI had so much fun that I think I will make this into a larger quilt.

I could add motifs like the Race Car

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAnd perhaps a few trucks…(Is anyone interested in a tutorial for this?)Free Motion Quilted TruckI think with a little doodling this little village…Home Town Quilt, LKennedyCould be developed into a really fun city!

Hope YOUR doodles are helping you create more imaginative quilts!

Happy Street-Cleaning!

Lori

NOTE-This little quilt was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE  with Sulky Rayon 30 wt on top, Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin, using a size 90 Topstitch needle.

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!

Home Sweet Home-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet Home

Good Morning, Quilters, Homemakers and Doodlers!

Are you frequently drawn to certain motifs?  Some people like butterflies (I do not…) or horses, or cats or dogs…

I love flowers–I bet you guessed already…

And sewing notions--who doesn’t?…

I also love any fabric or design that contains lettering.

Another motif that I always find appealing is houses–and I’ve done a few tutorials of houses:

We have the Row Houses tutorial and the Town House tutorial.  We even have a Birdhouse free motion quilt tutorial.

THE HOME SWEET HOME TUTORIAL

Today’s Home Sweet Home free motion quilt tutorial is the EASIEST–and (for now) it’s my favorite.

So let’s move right in!

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy

Begin by drawing parallel lines.  Draw the bottom line, then a line 1-1/4 inches above that line and another 1 inch above the second line.

Begin stitch along the bottom line.  Stitch straight up to the middle line, then stitch four or five stitches to the left.  Stop here.

Next stitch at an angle to the top line.

Home,FMQ, LKennedyStich down at an angle to the middle line.

Stitch on the middle line stopping one stitch short of the previous line of stitching then closely echo stitch back…stop four-five stitches before the right point of the triangle… (NOTE–in the photo below I stitched a tad too far.)

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeStitch straight down to create the right wall of the house.

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeStitch along the bottom line several stitches.  Stitch up and over and down to create the door.

Stitch directly under the door and the right side of the house and continue along the bottom line to begin the next house on the street.

LKennedy.FMQ, Home Sweet HomeOR…add a few simple trees or a flower…

Home,FMQ, LKennedy

Just like that you’ve built a house!

This would be a sweet motif on a child’s quilt or for any quilt that has a house theme.  Home Sweet Home could be used as a border or to fill a single square.

Once you have the basic pattern, refer to your doodles in Change One Thing….and create Better Quilting through Doodling!

TOMORROW

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see “My Little Village”…an irresistible little quilt!

 

Happy House Warming!

Lori

NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 770 QE using Sulky Rayon 40 wt thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin.

PS…All images, tutorials 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 Quick Tip–Throat Plates

ThroatPlate.LKennedy002Good Morning, Quilters!

Recently, I was stitching along and my quilting just didn’t seem right…

The needle had a hard time penetrating the fabric and I thought I had a dull needle.

The real culprit:  I had the wrong needle plate!

Most machines come with a zig-zag needle plate.  The hole is wide enough for the needle to create zig zag or decorative stitches.

However, this is not the BEST choice for Free Motion Quilting or for normal piecing.

The BEST choice is a single hole throat plate.  It supports the fabric better and allows the needle to penetrate the fabric more readily.

This leads to better stitch formation–in other words…PRETTIER STITCHES!

Single Hole Throat PlateOnce I realized the error…

Everything was better.Single Hole Throat PlatePretty stitches!

Hope YOUR stitches are happy today!

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!