Happy Dance

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Good Morning, Quilters!

This morning I am doing a Happy Dance…and I want to thank YOU!

I was delighted that so many of you were able to attend “Meander No More”-the Webinar.

We covered a lot of ground:  everything from machine set up to design tips and we talked about how to break free motion quilting into four separate skills.  

I hope you all bought your sketchbooks and are doodling already!

If you signed up, but weren’t able to make the Live event, you’ll receive a link next week, along with all the supplemental information.

Of course, you can still sign up and watch the recorded Webinar as many times as you like…

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Again, thanks to FWMedia and Quiltmaker magazine for making the Webinar possible…

Happy Dancing,

Happy Stitching,

Lori

 

 

Spring is in the Air

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Spring is in the air here in Minnesota!  (With occasional blasts from Old Man Winter…)

Soon the birds will return…a little rain…and then FLOWERS!  I am so looking forward to a garden flush with flowers!

In the meantime, I will enjoy the return of all the pretty birds.  Eastern Blue birds are my favorite!

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingIn anticipation…a little quilt.

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingThe white thread is Superior’s Magnifico-a 40wt tribal polyester with gorgeous sheen.

In the background, the matte finish, King Tut cotton…just for texture.

Spring Bird with Umbrella, Free Motion QuiltingI feel a little spring in my step these days…do you?

If so…fly on over to the Webinar…LIVE today..there’s still time…

If you can’t make it today, sign up anyway, and we’ll send the link within a week, along with the supplemental material.

All questions will be answered either during the Webinar or in writing…

Meander No More Live Webinar

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Happy Spring Stitching!

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 share, pin, reblog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

The Sewing Machine–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Top ‘o the Morning,  Quilters!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s a high-holiday at The Kennedy Residence…Corned beef, Irish soda bread…yum!  We might even raise a pint!  How do YOU celebrate the day?

I’ve already offered two Shamrock tutorials…The Spiral Shamrock and The Irish Chain…so I thought we’d continue on with our Sewing Room series.

We’ve stitched The Needle, The Pin Cushion, The Spool of Thread, and today…The Sewing Machine free motion quilt tutorial.

Sewing Machine Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing a 4 x 4 inch square–This is the outer border only, The Sewing Machine will easily fit in this square.

Draw a line 1-1/4 inch above the bottom line.  Add a “tick” mark to mark the center of the line.

Draw a small rectangle around the center mark–Approximately 1 inch by 1/2 inch.

Begin stitching several stitches to the left of the rectangle.

Stitch around the rectangle and stop at the line.

Sewing Machine Free Motion QuiltingStitch two legs of a triangle, then stitch up and then horizontally beyond the rectangle.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitch down the right side,  then horizontally, then stitch up to close the shape.

Trace stitch down several stitches.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitch to the left a few stitches then parallel to the base of the sewing machine.  Stitch up and then into the right side of the machine.  Stitch up several stitches.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitching along the right side, add a slight box to create the hand wheel, then stitch a spool on top and a loop-de-loop to the top of the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitch down to the needle, back up to the top and then down again.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Add any embellishment you like or add the name of your sewing machine…(Do you name your sewing machines?)

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Stitch up the right side, then stitch two messy spirals.  Add a rectangle in the open space, or again, add a few words like “Love to sew.”

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Have fun with the embellishments, and don’t worry about the exact proportions—Your sewing machine will look great–a little personality is better than perfection in a motif like this.

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

 

Sewing Machine Free Motion Quilting

Hmm…Sewing a sewing machine with our sewing machine…Is that like taking a photo of someone taking a photo?

Is there a name for it?….Perhaps WE should coin one…Any suggestions?

Happy stitching your sewing!

Lori

PS…Tomorrow’s THE WEBINAR!  So excited!  So many of you have signed up!  It’s going to be FUN!  Perhaps you should have your doodle pads and a few quilt sandwiches ready…just in case you’re inspired to sew the rest of the afternoon!

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

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 share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!