FMQ Fun: New Fabric, New Thread

 

Free motion quilting: Leaves on LinenHave you been slaving away trying to get everything done for Christmas?  Have you been burning the midnight oil trying to finish the Hedgehog pin cushion for Aunt Sally and the vase quilt for Aunt Jane, mug rugs for all your office mates?

IT’S TIME TO TAKE A BREAK 

Keep your creative juices flowing by taking a short break—one hour away from the deadline projects.

Play a little -try something new. Experiment…. Answer the “What If Question”…

What if I used heavier thread?

What if I used linen instead of solid cotton?

What if I used a non-traditional leaf for Christmas?

Free motion quilting:  Leaves on LinenI  try to experiment like this regularly.

Most of the ideas are dead ends that end up in the trash.

I chalk it up to “Lessons Learned”… as in… “Things NOT to do”…

But occasionally I stumble onto something worth pursuing…

Free motion quilting:  Leaves on LinenRecently, I experimented stitching colored thread on to a light background with the Sailboat.

This week I took that idea a bit farther (or is it further?)…

  • Linen fabric
  • Sulky 12 wt (very heavy) cotton thread for the decorative leaves and spirals
  • Size 100 Denim needle (sharp)
  • King Tut cotton thread for the background.  NOTE–I used a size 90 Topstitch needle for the background.  The subtle variations of this soft, lovely thread stitched up beautifully against the linen.

(See The Basic Leaf tutorial….and the Spiral and Reverse Spiral tutorials.)

Free motion quilting:  Leaves on Linen

 

Free motion quilting:  Leaves on LinenThis is one  of the few experiments that shows real promise.

I have ordered several spools of Sulky’s 12 wt cotton   (I already have a tub of linen from my home dec sewing days.)

I can’t wait to play some more.

What about YOU?

 If you had a couple of hours to play—What new ideas, materials or techniques would YOU try?

We’d love to hear!

Staying creative by playing hooky,

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

 

 

 

 

Mistletoe and Berries-Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!  Are YOU ready for Christmas?  The countdown continues…just 16 days to finish your Christmas gifts!  I’m sure someone on your list would love a table runner with Mistletoe & Berries!

MISTLETOE & BERRIES FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

The leaves for this motif are very similar to quilted feathers.

If you’re a pro at feathers, this pattern will be easy for you.

If you are new to feathers, this is a great motif to start your practice.– just three feathers at a time…Soon YOU will be ready to take on Quilted Feathers…(tutorials coming in 2015!)

DRAWING RAILS

Begin by drawing two lines one inch apart.  These are “rails”  – guidelines to keep our stitching tidy. (Of course, YOUR rails can be any distance apart!)

In between the lines, draw a very shallow curved line.  All of the leaves and berries will come back to this line.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingBegin stitch on the curved, center line.  Stitch at an angle toward the right rail. Curve around and back to the center line-leaving a small gap above the starting point.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingNext, stitch another petal angling toward the left rail.  Again, stop just above the previous stitching–ON the drawn, curvy line.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion QuiltingStitch one more petal to the right and STOP on the line.  This is a good place to stop (with the needle down) to think and plan, or adjust the quilt as necessary.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Stitch UP several stitches along the curvy, drawn line.  Stop.  Stitch a circle. (Circle tutorial HERE)

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Add two more circles, traveling on top of the previous stitching if necessary, to create a cluster of three berries.

BEAUTIFUL!

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

Continue UP the curvy line to create the next Mistletoe and Berries.

NOTE-One side will always have two Mistletoe leaves.  Alternate the double-leaf side from right to left for a more balanced look.

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

 

Mistletoe and Berries, Free Motion Quilting

String some Cranberries between the rows of Mistletoe–PERFECT!

Add Mistletoe & Berries to YOUR Christmas quilts and you’ll certainly be smothered with kisses!

Also, be sure to try one of MY FAVORITE Free motion quilt tutorials:  The Snowflake

And you might also like The Snow Crystal Quilt….

Lots more quilting this week…

Smooching in Stillwater,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Try Something New

Free Motion Quilting, SailboatAs most of you know, I love to free motion quilt using white thread on a colorful background.

Last week, I spent a little time playing…

Challenging myself to use new threads and different fabrics.

Free Motion Quilting, Sailboat

This sailboat is small–just 10 inches square.

It was a fun size for experimentation…

Free Motion Quilting, SailboatIs there a new thread, a new color way or a new technique you’ve been wanting to try?

Give yourself a short “play date”–an hour or two to try something new.  If the idea works out, it could be the start of a larger project.

Happy stitching,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, information and images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!