Sewing Doodles

Sewing.  Free motion Quilt doodlesBetter Late than Never?

I know this is unusually late to add a posting…

I have been working away on some exciting new projects.  I CAN’T WAIT to tell you about them…

But I have to be patient…(not my strong suit!)

In the mean time,  what do you think of the new banner?

Hope your day is filled with excitement!

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

PPS.  Sulky Rayon on Kona cotton–BERNINA 150.

 

Free Motion Quilt-a-Long: The Mystery in the Corner

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

How are your Mystery Quilts progressing?

Last week we began adding spools of thread and making comparisons. 

This week we are adding a final clue in the corner.

As a reminder of the how to match needle size to thread size, we’re going to add the 80/50 Rule to the corner square.

The 80/50 rule of thumb…(Read more HERE)

Pair a size 80 needle with a 50 wt thread (Size 80 needle=American size 12)

If your thread is heavier ( 40wt or 35wt) , pair it with a size 90 needle (90=14 American)

If your thread is finer (60wt), pair it with a size 70 needle. (70=10 American)

This is just a rule of thumb…a place to start.

CORNER MOTIF

In the corner, add a spool of thread with “50” stitched on to the label.  Then add a needle with “80” stitched into the line of thread.

Needle, Free Motion Quilting

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingBegin by drawing a line 2-1/2 inches long.  Add a small mark 3/4 inch down from the top line.  This will be the eye of the needle.

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingStart at the top of the line and stitch a small oval.

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingStitch a straight line to the tip of the line.

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingStitch back to the top of the oval and add a swirling line of thread.

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingAdd the number “80” to the line of thread (or “14” if you use American size needles.)

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingWhen you use your sampler to choose a thread, refer to this to choose your needle.

Needle, Free Motion QuiltingHope this is helpful!

Next week will finish our Mystery Quilt-a-Long…

and file it away in the….

Mixed up Files of Mrs. Lori E. Frankweiler.

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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!

The Brick Wall-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Brick Wall. Free Motion Quilting

Brick wall quoteGood Morning, Quilters!

The quote above made me laugh!…Do YOU know anyone like that?   I think we ALL do!

Today we are building a brick wall.  Not like the quote above…a pretty brick wall.  The kind on which you can balance a flower pot or a bird can perch…

I can imagine this brick wall with ivy appliquéd over it…a little out of the ordinary from the normal appliqué and quilting order…

Doodle along as you read this tutorial.  Though it may seem complicated,  it is really quite simple.  Once you doodle it a few times it makes sense!

Let’s begin.

THE BRICK WALL FMQ TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing several parallel lines.  After experimenting a little, I liked the proportions created when the lines were a generous 1/2 inch apart.

Each Brick is stitched 1 and 1/2 times around in a counter-clockwise then clockwise pattern much like Dots and Dashes were stitched.

Begin stitching on the top line.  Stitch down to the bottom line and create a rounded rectangle, approximately 1 inch long.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingStitch down the short side and along the bottom line.  Stop before beginning the next brick.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingThis time, stitch a clockwise rounded rectangle.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingStitch around the block’s short side and top side, then drop down to begin the next brick.

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting

At the end of the line, drop down to  begin the second row of bricks.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingAt the beginning of this row, stitch a “half brick”.  This ensures that the vertical lines are offsetting in adjacent rows.

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting

 

After stitching one “half block”, begin stitching full sized blocks to complete the row, ending each row with the size brick that fits.

Brick Wall, Free Motion QuiltingContinue row by row to complete a beautiful brick wall.  If you’d like to add more interest, occasionally add a brick that drops down two rows:

When stitching this Brick Wall, continue row by row.  Stitch around each over-sized brick to fill in the rows in order.  Otherwise, you will have a wall even Humpty Dumpty won’t sit on!

Brick Wall, Free Motion Quilting

Brick Wall Quote

ITS OKAY TO BE MESSY

The nice thing about this motif is that it looks great if you stitch neatly over the previous line of stitching, and just as nice if you are off and stitch in the “mortar” lines.  The extra lines just add more texture and don’t detract from the overall look of The Brick Wall.

I think this is one of my new favorites!  (Do I say that every week?)

Later this week, I will show you a mini quilt with The Brick Wall.

Tomorrow:  The Mystery Quilt-a-Long Continues…

The Mystery in the Corner!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS.  This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 (without a stitch regulator) using Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin using Warm and Natural cotton (unwashed) batting.

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