The Big Three–Quilt Focus –Open Line Friday

Friends.Baltimore, Lori Kennedy, AppliqueGood Morning, Quilters!

Do you remember our Quilter’s Notebook Series?  The Notebook is a tool to keep all of your quilting organized and to keep you focused…

Well…I was focused for awhile…then came–well, life (and a Craftsy video!)…

I guess that’s why we need Quilt Notebooks!

Friends.Baltimore, Lori Kennedy, Applique

In the series, we discussed picking “The Big Three”–Three quilts you would feel really sad if you never finished–The plan is to work on them most of the time-with breathers to learn new techniques, etc.

Well, I have been extremely remiss!

 

The status of my Big Three:

#1 Claire and Andy’s Wedding Quilt–My daughter and her husband celebrated their first anniversary in May–and there’s no quilt on their bed!  I did plan some quilting HERE and last week I pieced the blocks–slow progress, but it is progress-finally!

#2 Friends of Baltimore-My enormous appliqué project–After more than a year off–I am working on this beautiful quilt again.  I have five blocks and one border complete and I have been working on it most evenings–alternating with doodling…again–slow progress, but progress

#3 Boxes and Vines–I don’t even know what closet it’s in!  Goal–find said quilt!

Friends.Baltimore, Lori Kennedy, AppliqueNow that I’ve come clean about my lack of quilt focus–what about YOU?

Do you have “The Big Three”

How’s your progress?Friends.Baltimore, Lori Kennedy, AppliqueThey say the best way to get a project on track is to tell other people about it and then you are more accountable–so let’s help a sister out!

I’d like to help YOU be more accountable…

while YOU help ME get focused!

Tell us about YOUR Big Three and YOUR Progress!

We’d LOVE to hear…(i.e. misery loves company!)

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!

Doodling Lines and Triangles

Doodle to Quilt, LKennedy, The Inbox Jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Today we are back to the drawing board where all good quilts begin!

On Tuesday, we used straight lines to fill in triangles in a border.  Our doodle this week is an extension of that lesson–so please review that before going on…

Grab your sketchbooks and draw parallel lines.

For the purpose of sketching, it is easiest if the lines are 1 to 1-1/2 inches apart.  Once you choose a few designs that you really like, then doodle them in the size you need for your quilt.

Use a pencil to add the “triangle” lines as we did in the Tuesday Tutorial.

Try a few variations–squiggly line or jagged lines…add your own variations.

DoodletoQuilt.LKennedy003Next use your pencil to draw parallel lines instead of triangles.  This immediately changes the look!

In the Tuesday Tutorial we added spirals between the rows…

What if we added the Spirals within the design?

DoodletoQuilt.LKennedy004 Love this too!

The first one is very modern and the other one looks Christmasy to me!DoodletoQuilt.LKennedy005 I love straight lines and triangles!

The motif below is The Pretty Posy-Find the tutorial HEREDoodletoQuilt.LKennedy006

Now it’s YOUR turn!  What motifs can you design with straight lines, triangles, spirals and YOUR doodle?

We’d love to SEE!

Doodle a 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!

Fall Harvest Quilt

Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQHappy Fall, Quilters!

It’s that time of year again–the sun starts showing up late and leaving early…

While we anticipate winter, we are treated with the glorious bounty and colors of autumn….

And here in Minnesota–Autumn is gorgeous!

Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQTHE THREAD PALETTE

I used several threads to create this little quilt including Sulky Rayon 40wt, Sulky cotton 30 wt…

Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQI also found this absolutely perfect variegated thread from Superior–perfect to add just a bit of color to a Fall quilt!  (I’ll be buying more of this today!)Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQAnd I used Aurifil cotton 50 wt on top and in the bobbin.  Aurifil cotton is a great all-purpose thread.  It works well in the bobbin because it knots well with the more slippery fibers used on top like Rayon and polyester.  On the top of the quilt, it provides a nice contrast to the shinier threads.

Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQHARVEST YOUR THREADS

In honor of fall…

Challenge yourself to try a few new threads to create different effects in YOUR next quilt.  Keep it safe by using threads in one color palette–

Or choose all the colors of the Farmers’ Market and really make it interesting!

The key is to try new threads–they can really make a difference in the look of your quilt.Pumpkins, Corn, Fall Quilt, LKennedy, FMQMay your harvest be bountiful!

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!