Open Line Friday–Needle Sizes, Collecting

Vintage Sewing ScissorsGood Morning, Quilters!

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

NEEDLE SIZE

This week, I received a great question from Kathy about needle sizes.  She asks if a size 90 needle will leave large holes in the fabric.

I use size 90 needles regularly and I don’t have a problem with holes.  However, it is somewhat dependent on fabric.  Some fabrics are less forgiving-like very tightly woven fabrics.  In which case, you may have to create samples to see if  you notice the holes.  If so, you may be forced to chose a lighter weight thread to accommodate the smaller needle.  (Remember, we choose the TYPE of needle based on our sewing application–e.g. quilting or piecing, and we choose the SIZE of the needle based on the WEIGHT of the thread.)  See more in the The 80/50 Rule post.

On the other hand, if you DO see holes, they may relax with a spritz of water or as soon as you wash the quilt.

These are the little things that require testing.

Does anyone have any other thoughts about this question?  We’d LOVE to hear!

Vintage Sewing ScissorsCOLLECTING

Today my question is:  Do YOU collect anything?

(Besides fabric, thread, rulers…)

It doesn’t have to be sewing related.
Vintage Sewing ScissorsA few years ago, I found a pair of vintage scissors at an antique store for $5.  Every since then I keep my eyes peeled for vintage scissors.  I hope to create a wall hanging with them at some point.

I’m really amazed by the variety and the beauty.  Some are still functional, but most are not.

What I like most about them, is the connection with seamstresses from long ago…I wonder what beautiful dresses, quilts, projects they made with their shears…if only the scissors could talk!

Vintage Sewing Scissors

 

The  Scissor Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

What about YOU?  Do YOU collect anything?

We’d love to hear!

Do YOU have any questions this week?  We’d love to know!

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!

 

Doodle to Quilt Challenge

House DoodlesGood Morning, Quilt-Doodlers!

We have now been doodling for more than 12 weeks and have had 11 “formal” doodle lessons.  All of the lessons can be found Doodle Tutorials-The Inbox Jaunt or on the Header above.

House DoodlesThis week, I would like to challenge you to take a few minutes to stitch one of your doodles.

House DoodlesI found this in one of my old sketchbooks and free motion quilted it onto a scrap of fabric...

Don’t make the same mistake–I really like this and now it’s unusable because it’s on such a small piece of fabric.

Always assume your work will be great–not just practice– and stitch it onto a well-ironed piece of fabric that you can use!

YOU CAN DO THIS!

Post your photos to FLICKR here.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found there!

We can’t wait to see!

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 Modern Leaf-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

We’ll start today with a little business…I really hope all the viewing problems from last week have ironed themselves out.  If you are still having trouble, please leave a comment in today’s post.  I am going to find someone to help us later this week…(Or maybe I’ll go to the dentist instead…it’s a toss which is more painful…)

In the meantime, we’ll start with something that IS fun–Free Motion Quilting!

THE MODERN LEAF TUTORIAL

This leaf with a small berry has a Modern look, but don’t hesitate to add it to a Traditional Quilt.

The pattern can be stitched as a fill motif or in a row to create a gorgeous border.

The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingLet’s start with the border.

Begin by drawing three parallel lines, equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 3/4 inches apart.  The lines are to keep our quilting tidy.  If you are stitching in a border, the seam lines can serve as “rails” and you don’t need to draw the lines.

Begin stitching on the center line.  Stitch up several stitches, then stitch a curved line to the right rail.  Stop here.The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingNext, stitch the top of the leaf, back to the center rail.  Stop a few stitches short of the previous line of stitching.The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a straight line to the tip of the leaf and echo stitch back to the center rail.The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a few stitches on the center rail and begin a leaf on the left side.The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingComplete the left leaf and stitch up several stitches.The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingAdd a berry by stitching a circle.  Try to make each circle as round as possible,  but don’t fret about it–Perfection is never our goal!  The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingContinue up the border.  Add circles randomly.  It’s more interesting if the circles are not added in a pattern.  Add two circles in a row, or omit the berries occasionally.

Fabulous!The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingTo use The Modern Leaf as a fill, travel between leaves.  Instead of echo stitching the vein back to the center rail, cut through the tip of the leaf to begin a new set of leaves or berries.

The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingThis fabric looks likes it needs some pithy quote stitched over it…

Any suggestions?The Modern Leaf, Free Motion QuiltingI hope you find a spot for these leaves in YOUR next quilt!

Signed,

Thoroughly Modern Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on my new BERNINA 770QE with it’s gorgeous stitch, and fabulous tension control–love it!

Robert Kaufman Kona in Grass Green using Superior’s Magnifico Trilobal Polyester on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton on bottom using a size 90 Topstitch needle.

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!