New Ulm, New Friends and The Spring Sampler

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to present a workshop and lecture to The Prairie Piecemakers of New Ulm, Minnesota.  What a talented and fun group of ladies!

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyAs you can see, we had a lot of fun…

But we also got a lot of work done.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyIt was great to see the different interpretations of The Spring Sampler with a variety of fabrics and threads.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedy

The Prairie Piecemakers are a very busy guild with challenges, charity quilts, group projects and a BIG show every two years.  Their “Show and Tell” quilts were truly amazing-a wide variety of piecing and appliqué.

FMQ, Spring Sampler, LKennedyI left New Ulm inspired.  I hope the ladies of New Ulm will be doing more free motion quilting…

I know I’ll be doing more piecing and  appliqué!

Thank you, New Ulm!  It was a lot of fun!

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

PS.  The Spring Sampler was stitched on Kona cotton with Sulky 30 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin on my BERNINA 820.  Warm and Natural cotton batting.

Beginner Loops- A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

First of all, I’d like to THANK YOU-all those who voted for The Inbox Jaunt as Best Overall Quilt Blog HERE and for all your very kind words of support.  I was delighted to hear that so many of you have found the blog and the tutorials helpful and inspiring!  Means my time and effort have been worthwhile.  Again, Thank you.

The top four blogs in each category move on–then we’ll have to vote again.  So stay tuned!

BEGINNER LOOPS FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

I would like to start by emphasizing–Quilting does not have to be complicated to be beautiful!

Simple patterns like Loops can be very pretty.  If you’re a beginner, find a motif that is easy for you to so ensure success.  AND don’t avoid free motion quilting because it looks complicated.  YOU can do this!

Today’s motif is a simple pattern.  Stitch it horizontally–it is just like writing the lower case letter “l” in cursive.

Draw two lines one inch apart.  Stitch simple loops. Stitch with the lines horizontally or vertically-which ever is easier.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingStitch another row with the loops facing the opposite direction.  Isn’t this a beautiful motif?!  It would make a lovely border.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingOr draw the first two lines 1 inch apart and add a third line 1/2 inch to the right.

Stitch the first set of loops and then interlock the second row of loops.

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingAdd echo stitching with a loop…Fabulous!

Beginners Loops, Free Motion Quilting

Beginners Loops, Free Motion QuiltingKeep it SIMPLE and YOU’ve got it made!

Simply 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 re-blog, share or Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

PPS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 on Kona cotton with Sulky 30wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

Sulky Thread Play

 

Sulky Thread, Free Motion QuiltingGood Afternoon, Quilters!

It’s Monday…I did all my paper work, took the dogs for a walk,  and most of the laundry…(And I finished the Tuesday Tutorial…)

So I stole a few moments to play with this gorgeous array of Sulky thread I recently received!

Sulky Thread, Free Motion QuiltingGot-to-go…Still have a long list of Monday chores…

Hope YOU have a few stolen moments for quilting or doodling!

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