Violets-A Modern Whole Cloth Quilt

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I just LOVE to see what YOU are working on!  Vireya of Weed and Stitch sent me this photo of how she used the Grid Pop design to highlight her beautifully appliquéd basket.  Check out more of Vireya’s work at Weed and Stitch HERE.  Beautiful!!

Vireya's Grid Pop on Applique

Vireya’s Grid Pop on Applique

Have YOU had time to stitch a Violet or two? (yesterday’s tutorial)

Be sure to DOODLE first! (as always!)

VIOLETS ON VIOLET-DENSITY CONTRAST

This small whole cloth quilt of Violets is a good example of Density Contrast.

By surrounding the Humble Violet with more densely stitched echo stitching and swirls, the Violet is able to shine!

This small whole cloth quilt is stitched with Sulky Rayon 40 wt (white) on top and 50 wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.  (The combination works like a charm in my BERNINA 770QE).  I used a #90 Topstitch needle to accommodate the heavy weight thread.

To make the Violets pop even more – use thread in a color that matches the background fabric for the echo stitching and background fill=Thread Contrast.

Give Density Contrast a try in YOUR next quilt!

Add Thread Contrast for more “pop”…

Our Humble Violet deserves to shine!

Lori

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Violets are Blue-Machine Quilting Tutorial

 

Violets, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Violets are the Flower of the Month. (Read more HERE)  They represent humility, faithfulness, love and modesty.

Humble though it may be, the Violet looks charming on any quilt.  Use a single Violet in the center of a block or stitch a vine of Violets and Heart Leaves to add love to any border…

THE VIOLET MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

Begin by stitching a short, curvy vine.  Add two small loops to the left.

Add two more small loops to the right.

Notice that all of the loops come together at the center.  You may have a build up of threads here–creating a focal point.  In this case, at the center of a flower, the focal point is appropriate and adds to the dimension of the motif.

Add a large petal to the left–stopping just short of the center of the flower.Then add a large petal to the right…again stopping short of the middle of the flower.
Add two smaller petals on the right side of the “stem”.

Add the final petal on the left side of the “stem”. Stitch through the center of the Violet to begin the next motif in the design.

NOTE–You can stitch through any of the petals to begin the next motif–It may be more convenient to stitch through the side of the Violet if you are using the flower in an allover or background design.

I like to combine the Violet with the Heart Leaf.

Sugar is Sweet and…

So are YOU!

Your faithful friend,

Lori

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February Flower of the Month–Violets

Violets

Good Morning, Quilters!

First a note about my recent blogging difficulties…all of the issues were caused by changes made at Bluehost…beyond my control.  For the past several mornings, I have been on the phone technical support…and we all know how that goes….

First you are on hold…then the stressful scramble to come up with the right password…then wait some more, then it’s fixed…only to find it “down” again the next morning.

I’d rather be quilting!

Hopefully, this is all behind us!  Thank you for being patient!

MARY NOHL SCULPTURE

Several of you commented on the Silent Sunday photo yesterday.  I wrote a two part post about the amazing and mysterious Milwaukee artist,  Mary Nohl  HERE. and HERE. She was known as the Witch of Fox Point and we loved going to her house!  Rumor had it that Mary killed her husband and buried him under the sculptures–but the truth –she did a VERY NICE thing for the residents of Wisconsin!

Mary Nohl Sculpture

FEBRUARY FLOWERS

If YOUR birthday is in February–Happy Birthday!  You are lucky to have The Violet as YOUR birthday flower.

If YOU live in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin or Illinois–the Violet is YOUR state flower!

Violets

(I grew up in Illinois and lived in Wisconsin for 15 years–so I claim Violets as one of MY flowers…)

Violets

The Violet represents love, humility, modesty and faithfulness.  This pretty woodland flower blooms in the shade surrounded by heart-shaped leaves.

 

Violets

Violets

This week we will be stitching violets!

To go along with the lovely, January flower of the month, The Carnation HERE

The Carnation--A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

May YOUR day be filled with flowers and stitching…

(not computers and technical support problems!)

Lori

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